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Active Shooter Responses
- Gabe Suarez
Author’s notes: This is an article from 2005! I thought it would be appropriate since we seem to have to be retaught the same lessons over and over.
By now everyone has read or heard about the shooting in the Tacoma (Washington) Mall. If you have not, and to keep the briefing brief: The location and motivation may be different, but the song is the same one that has been played in too many places – A psycho decided to go into the mall and kill people with his rifle. This time, a CCW carrier tried to intervene, but for a number of reasons, was not successful. So since this will probably happen again, I want to discuss the dynamics and options of such a dangerous yet likely event.
I have a theory that when a critical incident happens, the police will only coincidentally be there. Professionals don’t like to be thought of as “irrelevant” at the moment of truth, so I am often taken to task for this. The truth however, is that unless the police are targeting a bad guy, in the sense of a surveillance hit squad operation of some sort, they will only be able to respond after someone advises them the killer is in action. The likelihood of an officer “just so happening” to be at the scene is not very likely.
What is likely is that there will plenty of potential victims on scene. And perhaps at least one of the potential victims is likely to be armed. Some “professionals” advise that if you are caught in such an event, you should “duck and cover”, go fetal, and hope that the police can rescue you in time.
Stupid idea if you ask me! Why stupid? Please study the success rates of those who have followed that line of action.
In virtually all active shooter events from San Ysidro to Columbine, the killing takes place in minutes after the event begins, after which the bad guy will either kill himself, or take hostages. If you are one of the planned targets, you can pray for the cops to save you all you want, but they probably don’t even know about the event as you succumb to the bad guy’s gunfire.
So what are we to do? This has developed into quite a national debate with varying points of view as widely different as go fetal and wait, to run and save yourself, to attack the gunman with everything you have. The bottom line is of course that you should have a plan. So I will point out some things that perhaps will help you do just that.
First consideration is where you are in the fight. If you are the focus of the attacker…meaning he is specifically shooting at you or at a family member, all restrictions are off. Forget the legal situation, forget background, forget everything. If you do not react immediately, you will be shot.
Some have voiced concerns over legal repercussions if you take action. Well, all I can say is that in a fight for your life, thoughts of legal entanglements should be at the bottom of the list. Remember, if you are dead, legal stuff is moot.
I know a man who got stabbed several times and was lucky to live through an attack because he was so brow-beaten about getting sued and possibly prosecuted that he held fire on a man who was trying to stab him to death! His HK P7 remained in hand but unfired. Anyone who would rather be shot than get in trouble needs a check-up from the neck up.
If you are not the focus of the bad guy and you can egress, it may be a consideration. Specially if you do not know what is going on. I’ve been told by survivors of events like this that all they had was the sound of shots “around the corner”. If that is all you have and there is an exit there, Take It! Grab your family members…physically by the hair if you must, and drag them out. Don’t stay…leave. You don’t know what is going on. Don’t stay to fond out. If there is doubt – get out! Specially if you are unarmed as you may be in certain liberal states.
Those are the easy situations aren’t they. Being attacked specifically has an easy response – immediate and overwhelming counter attack! Hearing a fight you are not involved in and being able to get out is also easy, you get out. But what of those other situations?
Situations such as seeing “the gunman was walking backwards firing at everyone”. Situations such as perhaps hearing the sound of gun shots, but not having your family right there with you, but dispersed around the mall, shopping. The circumstances may be varied, but the end result is that you cannot morally just run away and leave those whom you are responsible for, or you choose not to leave for various personal reasons. What do you do then?
The answer may lie in how prepared you are. Most of us do not venture out of the house unarmed. Even in non-permissive environments (NPE) we are generally carrying something. So what now?
In the Tacoma incident, we read that there was a CCW armed citizen that “responded to the active shooter”. There is still a great deal of fog surrounding what actually happened, but bits and pieces are coming to us from some who were there, from some of the officers who responded, and even from the CCW shooter himself (who was seriously wounded but survived).
Napoleon once said that a wise man learns from the mistakes of others. We can learn a great deal from what went wrong here can’t we?
Here are some points for you to consider.
1). A pistol will win against a rifle IF the pistolero kills the rifleman before the rifleman sees him. Much of this has to do with tactics, but that should be part of your skill set.
2). If the pistolero fails to drop the rifleman due to an inoperative pistol, a miss, or insufficient damage caused by too few pistol rounds, the rifleman will probably kill the pistolero.
3). The surest way to stop a man in his tracks (with some permanence) is with a shot to the head delivered at close range. Some folks dislike teaching head shots. I require them.
4). Verbalizing or challenging, as in “Halt – Drop The Gun” is not a good idea. In fact, its virtual suicide in a situation like this. You cannot yell and shoot well at the same time, and yelling may alert the bad guy to your location. There is evidence that this occurred in Tacoma.
5). You verbalize and challenge ONLY when you are not certain of what is going on and then ONLY from behind solid cover (if the adversary is armed with a rifle, few things qualify as cover). If you have enough to justify shooting, then shut your trap and work the trigger.
6). There is a great deal of discussions on Defensive Shooting. Shooting in a case of this magnitude is only defensive in concept. It is pro-active and aggressive deliberate and premeditated shooting.
7). Although I like and teach point shooting (in its context), pro-active shooting like this requires traditional marksmanship. Be deliberate! Watch your front sight and press carefully and repeatedly (with your mouth shut).
8). Train with photographic targets and do force on force training. Get used to the idea that you carry your gun to potentially shoot at a human attacker. The more you get comfortable with this the easier it will be. Tommy Lee Jones’ character in the movie, The Hunted, told his students that when you can kill in your mind, the physical part is easy. He’s right.
9). Consider that under some circumstances you may have to make do with a knife. I’m not saying that you will attack a rifle man with your Spyderco at 50 yards, but that in the event that he is within arm’s reach (which was the case with several of the Tacoma hostages) your knife may be the only thing between you and being killed. So learn how to kill with your knife.
10). Last, consider that there may be a reason why God (or fate if you wish) put you, armed and trained, at that very spot and place in time, with the ability to save innocents. This is the life-giving sword (or gun in this context) that some ancient warriors discussed in their writings.
What you do is your choice of course. Perhaps its just me, but I would not be able to live with the fact that I, well-armed and well-trained, and with my family in no danger, ran away from a snot nosed punk whom I could have easily dropped in his tracks, and who subsequently was free to kill innocent people due to my inaction.
Invariably, what I’ve written here will be controversial. Oh, well. I believe strongly in it. Sadly the time will come again when some psycho decides to pull an active shooter routine, or perhaps it will be an American Jihadist that didn’t go to school on bomb making day. Everything will play out as before. Innocents will die. Special Weapon Teams will deploy. And the News Vultures will come out to drool over the corpses as the politicians call for more intrusions on our rights. Unless, one of you is there, of course. Then the future is yours to write.
In the hostile spaces between concrete monoliths resides one unlikely species with an unflinching determination to survive. Possessing skillful training and weaponry, while employing the full scope of its cunning, this creature moves undetected through the perilous byways of its natural habitat. Its cautious demeanor and keen senses help it navigate undetected as it forages for food and performs complex mating rituals, which are still largely a mystery to science. With the help of some dedicated organizations like the National Rifle Association however, these reclusive beasts are finally being lured out of hiding in order to receive the study and research they deserve.
The City Dwelling Gunner (Urbanus Protectoris) was long thought to be extinct in North America since roughly the 1950’s, having been largely replaced by a much more timid and poorly armed City Dweller (Urbanus Victimus). The City Gunner was being forced from its domain in record numbers in the 1980’s and 90’s due mostly to propagation of misinformation, and repeated attempts by the government and politicians to eliminate this majestic creature. But a serge in the number of natural predators, including the crackhead, the murderous psychopath and the bumbling greedy idiot thief, has made the survival of the City Dwelling Gunner more important than ever, lest the delicate balance of the eco-system be upset. Scientists and firearms advocates alike were delighted to find that, contrary to the popular belief that the City Dwelling Gunner population had been decimated, there are actually several thriving colonies around the country. Experts credit the species’ plucky resilience and the Internet for the colonies’ existence.
Conservation efforts for these remaining individuals continue in full force despite the numerous challenges to identifying Gunners and increasing their numbers. Part of the difficulty lies in discovering the Gunners amid a back drop of non-descript Sheeple City Dwellers. The City Gunners are masters of disguise, frequently employing such tactics as wearing skinny jeans, driving a Toyota Prius shopping at Ikea or even consuming soy-based coffee drinks. While these measures may seem extreme, they can mean the difference between safety and peril in the Gunner’s world. As long as the Gunner can stay camouflaged, he is not thought to be a threat and thus, can go about his business in peace. If provoked however, the Gunner’s defense is legendary and he will not hesitate to protect himself or those around him. Many predators, like the crackhead and the bumbling greedy idiot thief can frequently be deterred by a menacing display of shouting and arm waving. Some more dangerous adversaries, like the murderous psychopath, can only be stopped by employing the Gunner’s greatest defense, his firearm, though this is a last resort.
In these troubled times, there is an urgent imperative to save the City Dwelling Gunner. The call has gone out to other Gunners around the country to stand in solidarity with their odd-looking brethren in their time of struggle. Though their appearance and mode of communication may seem strange at best, the survival of the City Dwelling Gunner is paramount. It is also important that the City Dwelling Sheeple realize the importance of preserving and co-existing with the Gunner, since he is a valuable asset to the community. It is apparent that a campaign to educate the Whole Foods-shopping masses is necessary, so that hopefully, one day soon, the safety and longevity of these benevolent creatures will be assured.
Article by Brian Stein
The one thing that most Reality Based Self Defense practitioners spend the least amount of time training for is the aftermath of a violent encounter. Yet, this is one of the most important skill sets to cultivate in real world personal protection training. There are several major components to for us to condition ourselves for success in. Each component needs to be actually trained in through live action role playing at first and then through adrenaline stress conditioning scenarios second. Intellectual study alone will not surface.
The first drill that we need to practice is ESCAPING TO SAFETY. We can work the drill from the point in the fight where we downed our attacker. We need to have a plan of action already conditioned into us so that under the pressure of an adrenaline dump that’s going to occur in a real life physical conflict, we will successfully put ourselves in a position of safety. As soon as we stun or down our attacker we want to run to safety, preferably to a where we can call 911 for the police and an ambulance. We need to practice saying slowly and clearly “I’m at _______ I was attacked and I need the police and an ambulance immediately.” Don’t hang up until the operator does. Also be mindful that your conversation is being recorded and can be used in a court of law. Ultimately you want to be in a place of cover where you can keep an eye on your downed attacker. While you wait for the police to arrive check yourself or anybody that you’re with for injuries and administer first aid as needed.
The next drill we need to practice is TALKING TO THE POLICE. We need to persuasively communicate to the police that we were THE VICTIM of a violent crime and that in fear of our lives we fought back. Once again we need to practice this script so that under the pressure of a real life situation we will say the proper things that have us going home free and the bad guy(s) going to jail.
Lastly, we want to methodically go over our story and rehearse it. We may have to speak to several different police officers and attorneys. We want to make sure to convey that we are the good guy and the victim in this situation. Write down all of the key details of the crime and then rehearse your story out loud, then have a trusted training partner pressure test you by trying to pick your story apart.
Properly preparing yourself for the aftermath of a fight is just as important as training for the pre-fight and the fight itself. Investing time in this most important component of Reality Based Self Defense training will pay great dividends in the future if you ever are the victim of a violent crime.
Read more: http://full-contact.military.com/2011/08/04/prepare-for-the-aftermath/#ixzz29tdzDjVF
Article by CJ Grisham
Have a gun.
Some words to the wise. Shooting Advice from various Concealed Carry Instructors. If you own a gun, you will appreciate this. If not, you should get one and learn how to use it.
A) Guns have only two enemies: rust and politicians.
B) It’s always better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6.
C) Cops carry guns to protect themselves, not you.
D) Never let someone or something that threatens you get inside arms length.
E) Never say “I’ve got a gun.” If you need to use deadly force, the first sound they hear should be the safety clicking off.
F) The average response time of a 911 call is 23 minutes, the response time of a .357 is 1400 feet per second.
G) The most important rule in a gunfight is: Always win – cheat if necessary.
H) Make your attacker advance through a wall of bullets…You may get killed with your own gun, but he’ll have to beat you to death with it, cause it’ll be empty.
I) If you’re in a gun fight:
If you’re not shooting, you should be loading.
If you’re not loading, you should be moving.
If you’re not shooting, moving or loading, you’re probably dead.
J) In a life and death situation, do something…It may be wrong, but do something!
K) If you carry a gun, people call you paranoid. Nonsense! If you have a gun, what do you have to be paranoid about?
L) You can say ‘stop’ or ‘alto’ or any other word, but a large bore muzzle pointed at someone’s head is pretty much a universal language.
M) You cannot save the planet, but you may be able to save yourself and your family.
“Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading,” — Thomas Jefferson
This is the first year for “Take Your Daughter to the Range Day”, an event that could change a girl’s life, for the better. Please take your daughter, (or a friend’s daughter), to the range on June 9th, 2012, and help them learn to shoot. It is a great way to spend the day and teach your daughter skills she can use and enjoy for the rest of her life.
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