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Things aren’t always as they appear


Things aren’t always as they appear. In fact, more often than not there is some degree of deceit in play at any given moment, and sometimes that deception can be deadly. Gang-bangers have for years tried to gain advantage over police by painting the tips of their pistols red or orange in an effort to make cops hesitate for just an instant.

Or a child with a toy is shot because the thing looks just like a real firearm. The image to the right has made the rounds lately and it is a compelling reminder that “You have to assume every gun is real. Why would someone point a toy gun at us?” These were the words of Street Survival Seminar instructor and PoliceOne columnist Dave Smith back in 2006 and they’re just as true today.

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