Just to be clear, this article is about proactively and preemptively shooting and killing a terrorist or criminal that has done nothing to threaten you directly. It is an event in which you are not involved in at all. And a situation where a modern socialized male might be quite happy to remain hiding under the desk, or in the dark of a closet, remaining unseen, unchallenged, and unharmed.
But since I doubt such males would have the courage to even read this blog, I suspect my readers are of the other type. Look at the lead image. Remember him? he is one of the terrorists at the ground breaking event in Mumbai some years ago. The photo was taken by a photographer that later said he'd wished he'd had a firearm to kill the man with.
LET US CONTINUE.
American shooters are trained in the concept of legitimate self-defense. Use of force training and de-escalation methods are discussed and trained. Using the vaunted "Big Boy Voice" to challenge the bad guy from ready positions is promoted far and wide. And gun writers admonish the novice gunman about the concerns over legal liability, regaling them with horror stories intended not so much to frighten them into inaction, although they often do just that, but rather to create the need for the book to be bought or the liability awareness class to be attended. And for the most part, unless someone does something stupid (Zimmerman comes to mind), the muggers in the parking lots of America, and the gang members invading homes from coast to coast are defended against efficiently.
But the halcyon days of the J-frame in the side pocket and the "Courtroom Tactics" column in the gun magazine are gone. It is now 2017 and the reality is that within a month of this article being published there will inevitably be another Terrorist event in the USA. And I do not mean solely the now normal Jihadist, but the new terror threats as well coming likely from the violent fringes of the disenfranchised liberals. Liberals whose political pedigree includes the weathermen, the Black Panthers, and other groups whose philosophy feeds modern indigenous terror groups.
But whenever I write about shooting bad guys in the back of the head, or shooting them in the face when they are down as you pass them by on the way to kill their friends, some will scream in protest.
"You will go to prison".
"A jury will never understand".
"OMG, you are insane to say such things".
So here is the reality. Given sufficient information to justify it, proactive and preemptive killing is not only justified, but mandatory in order to save lives. The terrorist, by his actions, and his collective past violent history, gives you that justification the moment he begins his assault. You cannot handle the Jihadist, or the "Crazy Guy Bent On Killing Everyone In The Room", or the Race Terrorist in the middle of their killing spree in the same way you would handle the mugger in the parking lot.
Different threats call for different tactics.
The mugger in the parking lot involves de-escalation, threat management, avoiding bad neighborhoods, and all of those things you learned in the Police Academy...or in basic gun school. Posturing and voice commands, as well as a sharpened level of alertness, and all of that will likely make it so you don't even have to shoot that mugger/gang member. You see, the mugger has an expectation of tomorrow. He wants to rob you and leave to spend his loot. He wants a long thug life. His motivation is not the same as the jihadist's.
The Terrorist (regardless of his political motivations) is committing what is essentially an act of war. Attempting to handle an enemy combatant who has already decided to die in the act of killing you, like a mugger in the parking lot is foolish. And fearing that the legal system will crash upon you as a result of such aggressive tactics is also foolish. The terrorist, by his actions, gives you license to do things that would never be justified if the adversary was different. Keep these things in mind and understand that things are different today and different tactics are called for.
Stop being afraid - You may be at ground zero tomorrow.