In looking at recent shooting events that have made the national news, and setting aside the current knee-jerk gun control rhetoric, one thing seems pretty obvious. In any kind of active shooter event, you are basically on your own. Yes, law enforcement will respond, but that response generally takes time.
What are you going to do between the time the shooting starts and law enforcement gets there? Are you going to try to escape, try to hide, or are you going to fight back?
Each situation is different and circumstances will dictate to a certain extent your response, but you should always be thinking ahead, especially if you are in a place with lots of people.
- What are you going to do when the shooting starts?
- Where is the shooter? Can you escape?
- What about others with you?
- Should you (are you able to) provide first aid to any victims?
Something to think about.
Since the shooting in the church in Texas several weeks ago there has been considerable discussion about the place of guns in church. Many people favor it (and a lot of my students admit that they carry in church) but some are still uneasy about the idea. Melody Lauer, a firearms instructor in the Midwest with a following on Facebook, has this to say regarding carrying guns in church…
I never really did understand the resistance some people felt about carrying a gun in church. If I can justify the legal and moral use of deadly force with my God and religion in my house, I don’t see why He would have a problem with it in His house.
An interesting thought.
This Interesting Thought is taken from an editorial recently published by Tim Schmidt, founder of the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association) and is used by permission. It is very appropriate for this time of year. Give it some serious thought…
The Gift of Preparedness This Christmas…
BY TIM SCHMIDT – USCCA FOUNDER
As the official countdown to Dec. 25 begins, it’s easy to get caught up in the magic of the season. There’s just something about the spirit of Christmas — the love, the kindness, the joy — that makes everything seem a little bit brighter and even a little bit safer.
But good, law-abiding people like you and me understand that evil never sleeps — not even on days leading up to the most wonderful time of year. And so, as much as many of us openly embrace and celebrate all the goodness that surrounds us at Christmastime, we must also acknowledge that the hustle and bustle of the season — when criminals are quite literally out in full force — requires us to be more vigilant than ever.
Indeed, even though it would be easy to become complacent over the holidays, that’s exactly why we mustn’t … because bad guys are actively looking for us to let down our guards.
With all the shopping, traveling and celebrating ahead, we simply cannot forget to pause and look at the world around us:
That means paying a little extra attention when we’re loading all those gifts into our trunks.
It means planning a little farther ahead when we leave our houses empty to go visit family for a few days.
And, most certainly, it means carrying our firearms to protect ourselves and our loved ones no matter where we are.
The bottom line is that criminals don’t take “holidays” off — and, as responsibly armed Americans, neither can we.
Thanks, Tim, for your timely words of wisdom.
A recent article from Tier Three Tactical provides a fascinating analysis of 30 surveillance tapes of actual self-defense situations. As a result, they have developed 11 tips everyone carrying a concealed weapon (and everyone else for that matter) should pay attention to. They are:
- Carry a high capacity weapon, ideally 8 rounds or above.
- Be able to access your gun with one hand.
- Keep your head on a swivel, checking your 6, the most dangerous area.
- Delay your draw.
- Obscure your draw.
- Do not engage immediately unless you must.
- Practice pivoting and engaging threats
- Practice gun grappling and one-handed engagement within 3 feet
- Shoot from cover if available
- Practice shooting and moving at man sized target at 3-5 yards
- Validate all live training with force on force training
In a recent article in the American Handgunner, Tom Givens of Rangemaster has the following comments about the situations some of his students have dealt with over the years. There is a lot of food for thought here…
I have good debriefs on almost 70 defensive shootings involving my students over the years. Over 9 out of 10 of these occurred away from home, at convenience stores, shopping malls, grocery stores, ATM’s and other public places. Since they were in public spaces, even at night there was adequate illumination to see and function quite well. Not one shooting involved a flashlight, and not one student indicated they felt a need for one at the time.
Over 9 out of 10 occurred between 3 and 5 yards, which is about the length of a typical American sedan. Most involved little or no movement, with a quick side-step being the only movement involved in all but two. Only three fired from other than a standing position and only one incident involved intentional physical contact between the attacker and the defender. The fight was won in all of these cases by the quick application of pretty basic skills.
The full article can be found here: https://americanhandgunner.com/are-you-training-for-fads-fantasy-or-a-fight/
From friend, John Tate, on the recent London terror attack…
“He threw chairs, glasses, and bottles at the attackers in a bid to stop them.”* Such was the reaction of a man attacked by London terrorists armed with ” large knives.”
Did you know that not only guns but also knives are essentially illegal in England? †
Surprise, surprise – someone forgot to tell the terrorists.
According to news reports, It took the police 8 minutes to respond and terminate to the attack.* How many lives could have been saved had been citizens present armed with concealed weapons who could have responded immediately?
LESSON: If you have a gun, know how to use it and can legally carry it – CARRY IT! That small amount of extra weight won’t be a burden, and it does no good in storage at home (or in your vehicle).
* From May Condemns London Attacks That Killed 7 Police Arrest 12 in Raids
† It is illegal to carry a knife in public in England without good reason – unless it’s a knife with a folding blade 3 inches long (7.62cm) or less.
Susan B. Anthony, was a well-known crusader for women’s rights and instrumental in the adoption in 1920 of the 19th amendment to the US Constitution giving women the right to vote.
“I declare to you that woman must not depend upon the protection of man but must be taught to protect herself, and there I take my stand.” ~ Susan B. Anthony
Recently there have been a number of terrorist attacks in various places in the United States. Here is an interesting article that makes the point that we are, in reality, engaged in a war on terror and we are all potentially involved, whether we think so or not. They certainly think so.
Instead of a trench line in a field, a firebase in the desert, or a foxhole in the jungle, the attacks come at the mall, on a city street, an office party, or a crowded festival. … you are an enemy combatant.
Is that the way you see yourself?
~ The Gun Writer
This is war! And like it or not, you’re a combatant.
Read the article (click on the red link above) and then think about signing up for our Active Shooter/Terrorist Response class being held on October 29.
The nightclub shooting in Orlando a couple of weeks ago should be a wake-up call for everyone. For anyone watching what is going on in the world, this should be no surprise. And I think it will happen again. And again.
While the probability of you being involved in a terrorist attack like that is really pretty small, there is always the possibility that you will be. And when it does happen, the probability hits 100%. Just ask those folks in Orlando…or at the Istanbul airport.
In the last several years it seems like the world has become a more dangerous place.
- So…what are you doing to prepare yourself for surviving such an event?
- Do you have a plan?
- Are you going to try to escape or are you going to attempt to deal with the shooter/terrorist?
- Are your shooting skills adequate to hit a person size target at a distance while you are under a great deal of stress?
Some things to think about…
Some thoughts on the reality of self-defense from a blog written by Rob Morse.
“We are most likely to be attacked when we are away from home. That means the arsenal in our gun safe is useless most of the time. Think about that for a minute. What we have on our body right now is what we will use to win or lose a self-defense encounter. It is unlikely that we will have time to go to our car or safe room and get our gun, cell phone, flashlight, and trauma kit. That is why criminals attack people who are, for example, on jogging trails.
Our options are limited. Sometimes you can run away and escape. Sometimes you can’t. You will have to stand and fight if you are with your spouse, your children or your friends because you won’t leave them behind to face the attackers alone. That leave us to defend ourselves from the threat, summon help, and provide aid to the injured.. with what we have in our pockets and, in our minds. The thing we need most of all is a plan, and training lets us make good choices on the spot.”
It is worth reading the entire article at https://slowfacts.wordpress.com/2016/03/30/the-messy-reality-of-self-defense/.