This page contains links to materials for the ISIS/Extremism Community Briefing, first public presentation on 25 January 2016 in Mount Vernon, Missouri, updated for presentation in Springfield on 20 June 2016 and Mount Vernon on 09 August 2016. The briefing will consist of a talk, question/answer session, and additional reading materials. We have divided the presentation into several sub-presentations so that we can mix-and-match for different audiences and time-slots.
Frank Furedi's book, "Invitation To Terror: The Expanding Empire of the Unknown" explores the culture of fear which has developed around terrorism and the ways in which we do the work of the Terrorist for them. As Schmid's definition of terrorism starts:
Terrorism refers on the one hand to a doctrine about the presumed effectiveness of a special form or tactic of fear-generating, coercive political violence...[Academic Consensus Definition of Terorism (ACDT 2011)]
The current offering of the Sheriff's Auxiliary's Tactical Medical Training will be almost-entirely funded by a generous donation from the Mount Vernon Chamber of Commerce as a thank-you for our Apple Butter Makin' Days Deployment. The remainder of the class is being covered by a contribution from Mid-Missouri Bank and the families of volunteers.
On a regular basis, I have people ask me variations on the question: "If I cannot volunteer for the Sheriff's Auxiliary (physical limitations, work schedules, etc), what can I do to help?" This article will go into part of the answer by helping people to understand what it costs to volunteer and where some of those costs go. This breakdown may also help people who are planning to start a volunteer emergency response organization understand what they are getting into.
A blog post on the "Total Survivalist Blog" entitled "The Basic 4 For a Smallish Woman" talks about firearm options for smaller/lighter weight women, but much of what the author says applies equally to men like me who do not have big paws and gorilla arms. In many cases, it is not about recoil but fit and firearm design; it just takes different choices to do the job.
Following is the testimony that I, as Commander of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Auxiliary, delivered to the House Judicial Committee hearings (written on 22 April and orally on 27 April 2014) on HR 923 regarding the unlawful disclosure of CCW data in 2013. As most people know, the three impeachment resolutions before the Missouri House died in Committee prior to reaching the House floor. I am not going to comment on that political issue here. Officially, I am posting this testimony for completeness, because some people were interested, and will let it stand by itself.
As we finish off another quarter, I want to remind all staff positions that the specific reporting requirements are in our Organization Document. The staff positions are listed under Staff, and each individual description has a "Reporting Requirements" section with a list of what each staff officer/NCO is required to include.
At our January meeting, the Sheriff commissioned the Sheriff's Auxiliary's first Chaplain: Lt. Junior Grade Brian Moomey has been a Branson Police Officer, former Pastor of Impact Christian Center in Aurora, a prison guard, and a hospice Chaplain. As LCS Auxiliary's Unit Chaplain, Lt. Moomey will help us to recruit and train additional Chaplains and Chaplains' assistants.
There is a state Senate Committee hearing (General Laws) today for SB 613 (Second Amendment Protection Act or "SAPA") 2014 Regular Session. The Lawrence County Sheriff's Auxiliary submitted written testimony for the bill, primarily concerning the provisions creating the role of a School Protection Officer and its potential interaction with armed volunteers under law enforcement.
[Update 21 February 2014: This bill has passed the Missouri Senate 23-10.]