By William McLaughlin June 16 William McLaughlin is the social media manager for the National Rifle Association. Last June, I attended my first Pride parade. I’m a 24-year-old gay man, and the downtown D.C. event came two months after I started my new job as social media manager for the National Rifle Association. The District, where I live, is a liberal city. Gay people are embraced; guns are not. You don’t have to see how the District votes to know that. You can tell by the signs in people’s yards and the bumper stickers on their cars. The gay community is largely anti-gun, too. At the parade, these worlds collided. I found myself at an event where I should have felt at home but, instead, I felt hated. It wasn’t all in my head. People chanted an obscenity about the NRA as they marched down P Street NW. I don’t understand why the LGBTQ community is so hostile toward the Second Amendment. I’d like to ask my fellow gays to take a moment and consider this issue through a different lens. I long for the day when the gay community will galvanize its significant political might and work toward making practical changes that would let gays better protect themselves when laws don’t. It isn’t news that gay men and lesbians are frequently the victims of hate crimes. In D.C., crimes motivated by anti-LGBTQ bias increased by 50 percent between 2016 and 2018, from 40 incidents to 61, according to statistics from the D.C. police. Nationwide, hate crimes targeting people because of their sexual orientation rose 5 percent between 2016 and 2017, from 1,076 incidents to 1,130, according to statistics from the FBI. If we in the gay [...]
“It’s been by my side for 26 years,” Officer Paul Sulzbach said as he exchanged his revolver for a 9 mm handgun. By Craig Ruttle Special to amNewYork Updated June 1, 2018 9:28 AM Click for original article and videos. A well-worn leather holster holds a revolver hanging from the gun belt of NYPD Officer Paul Sulzbach as he patrols in midtown. That gun and holster will soon become a relic of the past, replaced by a modern 9 mm semiautomatic handgun and holster, made of modern synthetic materials. Sulzbach, 49, on the force since 1992, is one of 29 officers who have retired their service revolvers this week while training at Rodman’s Neck gun range in the Bronx, after being certified with a 9 mm semiautomatic. With some apprehension, Sulzbach spent this week at the gun range to get accustomed to his new weapon. Referring to the revolver, Sulzbach said, “You become attached to it. It’s been by my side for 26 years.” Moments after speaking about the former service revolver on Wednesday, Sulzbach joined more than two dozen fellow officers as they loaded, reloaded, fired dummy rounds and did more to familiarize themselves with the new weapons. “Today, we have one of our last scheduled classes of a three day transition from the .38[-caliber] revolver to 9 mm semiautomatic pistol,” said Richard G. DiBlasio, inspector and commanding officer of Firearms and Tactics Sector. “We have 29 students today, our last group. Because Commissioner O’Neill cares about the safety of the police officer and police department, he wanted this transition over.” By Aug. 31, all officers will be transitioned to the semiautomatics, which were first introduced into the force by former Commissioner Bill Bratton when [...]
Vladimir is an active duty Law Enforcement Officer for over 20 years. Vlad has been assigned as a full time Law Enforcement Trainer since 2009, he works as a lead instructor, in service as well as academy level. Additionally, Vlad is the Range Master, lead armorer and defensive tactics coordinator for his department. Vlad is a state certified physical training, defensive tactics, pistol, shotgun, sub-gun, and rifle instructor. Vladimir has been a Martial Arts practitioner for over 30 years, reaching a high level, competing particularly in sparring and full contact competitions, becoming successful in winning numerous tournaments and holding many titles nationally and internationally. Vladimir’s experience includes being assigned to various law enforcement units such as anti-crime, emergency services, as well as counter-terrorism throughout the state. Vlad is also a trained HazMat tech, Rescue Diver, and instructs topics such as Use of Force and active shooter, to name a few, to Law Enforcement and civilians.
Retired at the rank of sergeant in 2010 after serving 25 years with the Fort Lee police department in New Jersey. During his time with the police department he worked Patrol, Police K-9 Handler, Narcotics detective, Patrol supervisor and Narcotics supervisor. He is a graduate of the Drug Enforcement Agencies “Drug Unit Commander Academy”, the FBI’s SWAT School, FBI Sniper School and FBI Defensive Tactics Instructor School. Wayne served on the agencies Emergency Services Unit from 1988 through 2010 and was Team Leader starting in 1991 and was responsible for team training and tactical operations. Wayne also served as the departments liaison to the Terrorism Task Force and taught law enforcement and civilian Terrorism Awareness courses in Bergen County. Wayne served in the U.S. Army Reserves with the 812th Military Police Company from 1983 to 1987. Wayne is certified as a police instructor in the following disciplines: handgun, shotgun, sub-machine gun, rifle, FBI certified defensive tactics instructor, physical conditioning instructor, SWAT tactics, ballistic shield, distraction devices, OC spray, expandable baton, PR-24 and rappelling. Wayne is also a student of traditional martial arts and is currently an instructor in the Israeli system known as Krav Panim El Panim (KAPAP) which he has taught to both civilians and law enforcement.
I’m just training to be an instructor! Seriously, though, UP3 was an absolute blast! Tons of fun and a great learning experience. I’ll be picking glass out of my hair for a week, but it was totally worth it. The sims were a wonderful treat, too. Bill, Mike and John were all very helpful and enthusiastic. Really looking forward to doing more of this! - Charlie, GFH Member.
John has been a Police Officer with the Woodland Park Police Dept. for over 20 years and is currently a Detective Captain. He is a PTC Certified Firearms Instructor and has attended several firearms tactical courses as well as Active Shooter preparation courses. He has been trained as a SWAT operator and holds several armorer certifications. John handles the Advanced Firearms training for his department and is a Gun for Hire Instructor in all of our exclusive courses.
Jimmy started with Gun For Hire in 2008. He has ascended from Instructor to Senior Instructor to Senior Manager/ Director of Training. As Director of Training, he not only designs Gun For Hire Academy's curriculum, but sets the day to day course schedule and teaches as well. His love for shooting has propelled him to learn as much as he can about the subject. Through this journey, Jimmy has earned many certifications in both training and as an armorer. He is an NRA Training Counselor in all disciplines as well as a Chief Range Safety Officer. Jimmy also heads our exclusive Build a beAR™ Course, Since 2010, he has built over 600 Rifles with Students.
Antonio “Tony” Urena Tactical Firearms Instructor Tony is a veteran law enforcement officer with over 20 years experience. He is currently the training officer for his department, and is responsible for their bi-annual qualifications and training for approximately 100 law enforcement officers. Tony is also state certified in all aspects of firearms training which includes handguns, shotguns, sub-guns, semi and automatic rifles, as well as scoped rifles. In addition, Tony is qualified to testify as a firearms expert, as well as in the "Use of Force". Tony is also a high level martial artist, with well over 30 years of training, and is a state certified Defensive Tactics Instructor. Prior assignments for Tony have been as leader of the narcotics squad and as a member of the Passaic County SWAT team. In his 14 plus years as a member of Passaic County SWAT, Tony had the roles of point entry, squad leader, sniper team leader, and assistant team leader. “Combat Mindset is the key in any training!”
Bob is a former United States Marine and Veteran Law Enforcement Officer with 25 years of experience. He brings a vast amount of “real world” tactical knowledge to the Gun For Hire team. Some of Bob’s prior assignments include Captain in charge of the Passaic County narcotics and violent street gang task forces. Bob also served 14 years as a operator and senior operator on the Passaic County Special Weapons Team (SWAT), serving in the capacity of point entry, sniper, sniper team leader, team leader and overall team commander. He planned and executed over 500 high risk operations. Bob is a certified law enforcement firearms instructor and holds instructor certifications in submachine gun, assault rifle and precision scoped rifle.