'Advanced Close-Range Gunfighting' CEO responds to query on Gilkerson (AK47 wielding cop-shooter)
By Martin Hill
May 10, 2013

Gabriel Suarez, CEO of Suarez International, (parent company of One Source Tactical), has responded to a query regarding James Gilkerson, the Ohio man who was killed in March after he open-fired on police with an AK-47 during a traffic stop. Watch the video here and see our previous article for full details on the items found in Gilkerson's car.

According to the Middlefield, OH Police Department's evidence photos, one of the videos Gilkerson had in his mom's green Saturn was ADVANCED CLOSE-RANGE GUNFIGHTING- Shoot Them To The Ground Gunfighting. The video is produced by ONESOURCE Tactical, a subsidiary of Suarez International USA, Inc.

Headquartered in Prescott, Arizona, Suarez International has been in business since 2004. Their website, SuarezInternational.com states, in part,

"The Suarez Group is a multi-national corporation involved the study and application of high end weapons, and leading edge tactics, for students of the art of personal combat.
Mission: To make our clients, customers, and students as dangerous as possible to their enemies.
Company Overview: The Suarez Group is comprised of Suarez International (the training branch), One Source Tactical (sales of all types of combat gear), TSD Combat Systems (our T&E Branch tasked with developing evolutionary weapons and concepts), Warrior Talk (our on-line marketing forum and discussion group), and a handful of smaler OCONUS companies involved in similar industries.
The group was founded by CEO Gabriel Suarez, a former SWAT cop and international adventurer, and his wife Cheryl Suarez. The Suarez Group has over fifty contractor-operators world wide and has offices in various US states, and overseas."
Gabriel Suarez was kind enough to respond to some of our questions regarding the Gilkerson matter and the current political landscape:

Q. LibertyFight.com: One of the videos which Middlefield, OH police claim was in Gilkerson's car was your video 'ADVANCED CLOSE-RANGE GUNFIGHTING: Shoot Them To The Ground Gunfighting'. [See previous article Man Who Open-Fired On Cops With AK-47 Had "Resistance To Tyranny" Book In Car.]

A. Gabriel Suarez: "I'm not sure how any of my work relates to any militia or tyranny stuff. I could not be more separated from those people. I consider myself a capitalist and a businessman. I have political leanings like anyone else, but I do not count myself with extremists on either side."

Q. Do you have any comments on the Gilkerson story or the fact that he allegedly had one of your videos in his car? Do you show him as being one of your students, or of even buying the video from your company?

G.S.: "Gilkerson never had any dealings with us. We keep good records and his name never appears anywhere. When I saw the photo, it appears to be a bootleg copy."

Q. Also- can you provide any analysis of the video of the Gilkerson shootout itself? Some have called the veracity of the video into question. Does this look like a legit video to you?

G.S.: "I do not know."

Q. Your background will inevitably come up with some trying to sensationaize it, so this may be a good time to set the record straight. Some people on forums claim that you are a "convicted felon", although from my brief research that doesn't apper to be substanciated. Press reported that you pled guilty in a plea bargain and were sentenced to a year in jail and 5 years probation. [ 'Former Officer Pleads Guilty to Fraud Charges', surfsantamonica.com] Is this accurate? Did you plead to any felonies, are you a felon? or did you plead to lesser charges? How long did you spend in jail? What was that like a former police officer? How long were you a police officer?

G.S.: In all honesty, I could not care less what anyone says about me. Trust me, it has been said before. My company is quite successful in spite of the attempts of my detractors to derail my efforts. And as to the Santa Monica thing, it was a pure witch hunt. I survived it well and have gotten my revenge by being successful and living well.

Q. For some background - Two days after LibertyFight.com broke the story about what was found in Gilkerson's car, The Political Muchraker picked it up, noting that one of their readers had sent them the information: "TPM Reader JL notes that the 7th slide in the slideshow shows what appears to be a course.." [See TPM: When Stories Collide.]

G.S.: "I don't know about that."

Q. TMP being a left-wing site with an anti gun bias, it appears that TPM tried to demonize training courses and Tactical Response Co. in particular. (Tactical Response said connecting their company to Gilkerson is "yellow journalism at its finest".) [See Tactical Response CEO Says No Relationship With Ohio Shooter.]

G.S.: "Tactical Response is a joke in the industry. As far as demonizing my courses, well - good luck to them. I think that would only increase enrollments."

Q. I just have 2 brief follow-up questions. The claim some make about your being a convicted felon. I understand you dont care what people think, but could you clarify as to whether you pled to any felonies? This would be helpful for readers to understand. As I said it doesn't appear that you were a felon yet that is posted all over the internet by detractors. To me, common sense dictates that is not the case. Please clarify.

G.S.: "Nope...I was running out of money to fight the case so I worked a deal. No felonies at all. I had no aspirations or desire to continue with law enforcement and already had a business plan laid out. All I needed to do was get off that battlefield in one piece...which thank God, I did."

Q. Regarding tyranny, my previous article article referred to the fact that those who support gun rights are generally aware that the greatest danger to our rights is the government itself who, as governments throughout history have sought to ban guns and then massacre their people. Do you agree with the contention that government is a threat to our liberties?

G.S.: "Government is a threat to business...it always has been. It is the only entity with an income that yet produces nothing. In the end, and history will prove this out, its not about guns, it is about money. Ostensibly, the guns exist to protect the money. If they simply left everyone alone, not only would freedom thrive, but also the economy."

Q. Mr. Suarez, when you said "I could not be more separated from those people. I consider myself a capitalist and a businessman. I have political leanings like anyone else, but I do not count myself with extremists on either side."

Which people are you referring to? Many people today contend that our government is increasingly tyrannical and is a danger to the people and their rights, including our gun rights. Would you concur with this, or would you disagree?

G.S.: "Well, today it is cold and will probably rain here in Northern AZ. I prefer it warm and dry, but I cannot control the weather and find it a waste of time to complain about it. So I grab a jacket and continue with what I have planned irrespective of the weather. That is the way I see politics. I am not a "patriot" and keep my concerns and endeavors closer to "family and tribe" than to "nation". I personally wish government would simply leave us all alone. But I know that won't happen...so I grab a jacket instead and move on."

Q. (For example, the Pierce Morgan fiasco and the clip of Alex Jones with Morgan on CNN where Jones says a 2nd American Revolution will begin if the government tries to take our guns. Are you familiar with Jones, and do you have any comments on Alex Jones and his ideas?

G.S.: "I don't care for Mister Jones...nor Mr. Morgan. To think that there is going to be some sort of Concord bridge 1776 thing is, and I mean no offense, foolish. I have been all over the world, to Africa, South America, and many place where no vacationer would care to tread. Americans have it better than anyone on earth. The poorest in the USA still have it better than anywhere on earth. For there to be what Mr. Jones thinks will happen, living conditions will have to be so abysmal that people will think they have nothing to lose."

Q. Thank you for your time and responses.

Gabriel Suarez and Companies have two twitter accounts: SUAREZ INTERNATIONAL (@suarezintl) which states "Firearms training for the real world! You need it now more than ever! PRESCOTT, AZ - suarezinternationalstore.com" and ONE SOURCE TACTICAL (@onesourcetact) which states "We are your One Source for quality firearms, gear, and accessories on the Internet! -PRESCOTT, AZ · http://www.onesourcetactical.com."

His blog is at warriortalknews.typepad.com. He also runs ChristianWarriorMinistries.com and the WarriorTalk.com forum. His Facebook page, located at facebook.com/TheSuarezGroup, bears the tagline "making people dangerous since 2004." The page has a lot of interesting information and his thoughts on the Boston bombings, Sandy Hook, terrorism, self-defense, weaponry, training, fitness, international travel, and many other topics. Below are some excerpts:

"...So lets look at the Tangoes of our Times: Foreign Islamic Terrorist, American Islamic Terrorist, Extreme Right WIng Terrorist, Extreme Left Wing Terrorist, Racial Motivated White Terrorist (Nazi), Racial Motivated Black Terrorist (BGF), Bunny Huggers (PETA, Earth People, Etc.), and of course...the wild card...the Unaffiliated Psycho. Each of these groups has committed acts of terror on US soil. There may be a new one, but we will see.

"...People worry about regulations about where you are allowed to have weapons. Well, I suspect that the teachers at Sandy Hook, and the patrons of the Batman movie, not to mention attendees at Virginia Tech would probably violate all the rules if they knew what was coming that day, for them, respectively.

"...Who is guilty for those murders as much as the devil that pulled the trigger? The architects of the gun free zones...The solution to these horrific events is simple and clear to any that want to find them. Most of America, however, specially its leadership, does not really want a solution, only to use these events as opportunities. They are far too busy using the dead children as a stepping stone to gain support for their agendas from the ignorant and the cowardly.

"...The socialists in America from their fearless leader on down to the socialist dog catcher that voted for him want to remove guns from society. Good luck I say. They cannot even tame illiterate goat herders in Afghanistan with their 'give peace a chance'� nation-building policies.

"...Life is not doom and gloom. It is beautiful and filled with promise and opportunity to those who have the mind set to notice. This subforum is intended for those things. No politics...nor anything else that would detract from the taste of a finely prepared filet, the sounds of a fine piece of music, or a glass of Chinaco Blanco will be discussed here..

"...In our western civilization, right and wrong is defined in the book that has defined our culture from the first century - the Bible. If we remove the Bible, and its Author, from our society, we immediately lose the authority to define what is right and what is wrong. And in modern America's idiotic desire to 'never offend anyone'�, we have sacrificed the definition of what is right and what is wrong, for some sense of approval by those who are wrong. Americans do not care if they are called, but do not call him intolerant. Except for God, who defines good and evil, and right and wrong - Americans don't want to hear about that - it might offend someone.

"...In the end, all that matters is God, Family, and Tribe."

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