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Historically, many American police departments used batons, sometimes called ‘billy clubs,’ as part of standard equipment issued to officers. While many departments still issues expandable batons, old-fashioned ‘bill clubs’ have largely disappeared from police forces. (Photo: Dan Powers/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)

Today’s batch of burning questions, my smart-aleck answers and the real deal:

Question: Just wondering, what ever happened to the good ol’ Billy club? That attitude adjustment tool used by law enforcement officers to calm down recalcitrant law breakers? Seems like a lot of the police shootings could be avoided with a well-aimed strike — without seriously hurting or even killing the suspect. Eons ago I was an MP in the army, and proper use of the club was an important part of our training.

My answer: This is not exactly a topic law enforcement agencies want to sit down and discuss at length over a nicely chilled bottle