Personal security has been a defining American anxiety, long before Columbine, 9-11, or Sandy Hook. But following the United States’ biggest mass shooting last weekend at an Orlando gay nightclub, the issue has regained heightened importance.
Bruce O. Newsome, a lecturer with the International and Area Studies program at the University of California, Berkeley, teaches courses on global security risks, counterterrorism and counterinsurgency, intelligence and counterintelligence, and international conflict. He is also the author of several books, including A Practical Introduction to Security and Risk Management, which has a chapter devoted to personal security.
Here he offers insight on how we can stay safe—or at least safer—in the world as it is today.