"After the battle - tighten the helmet straps"
Old Samurai Maxim
With the passage of time, all tensions are relaxed...and the blood lessons...and the focus...goes away and are replaced with the search for comfort. But soon, I suspect...we will see another one. Stay alert and frosty. The olice will get there eventually, but you will be right there at ground zero.
I will view this from the perspective of a happenstance civilian, or off-duty police officer…or if you wish, a better term would be an unannounced fighter.
From the police point of view: Generally speaking, police administrators do not like their people shooting anyone. I was chastised several times for this in the old days and the pressure on “shooters” is such that outside of special units, most guys and gals will tend to hold off on trigger pressing until the last possible moment. The libertarian types like this as much as the liberals, but it gets good men and women killed when events such as those in France unfold. Hesitation kills. A lesson any man that has gone in harm’s way knows by painful experience. Yet hesitation is often developed insidiously at the administrative level by those who’ve never looked into the darkness themselves. Those who wear a uniform, keep that in mind.
From the “Unannounced Fighter” perspective: Consider that you are a fighter. You are physically trained, and skilled. You are physically fit. While your coworkers swill beer watching men greater than they play sports, you are in the wright room, on the track, or at the range. You self-select as a fighter whether you wear a uniform or not and whether you are a soldier, a police officer, or a math teacher.
EVERY MAN IS A COUNTER TERRORIST
So consider the following – if you can, be armed always. Yes…I know. But consider the implications. Of the ten dead civilians in France, how many would have willingly disobeyed unconscionable laws in order to stay alive? If it is difficult, learn to conceal the weapon better. At the very least have a knife with which to stab a terrorist to death.
And stabbing a man to death is an exercise in extreme violence. It is not some strip mall karate school exercise done with high school kids to get in shape. It is violent and sudden and what the body does in its final moments will shock you…maybe, if you haven’t gotten your mind right about such matters.
If you look like the King Of Comedy rather than the King Of the Cage, put down the f*cking remote and get your ass in fighting shape. The terrorist coming to kill you has taken his fitness seriously…do you think he is kidding?
If you are armed your life is easier. Resist the temptation to leave the real sized fighting gun at home and go forth with some “civilian friendly metro sexual” pistol. Anyone can carry a full sized fighting pistol with a little fore thought and care in dressing for the weapon.
Consider that a terrorist event like what we saw in France is not the same as a CCW self defense encounter with concerns over legality, disparity of force, or liability. The moment that it is a terrorist event, all other concerns are non-issues. And a man or men with masks and rifles classifies as that.
Learn to shoot accurately at distance. There were guys photographing and videotaping the assassination of the French police officer. A good practiced hand with a proper pistol might have killed one or both of those terrorists at the distance.
There will be no warnings, no posting and challenging, only recognition of threat and escalation of violence…or as I term it, “getting ahead” of the fight by shooting. Learn to shoot faces and necks at room distances. Yes, there is a chance you will be killed by the terrorist…but you will be killed anyway. And how do you want to look for the Crime Scene photos? Under a desk hiding with a terrified look on your face and a back full of 7.62x39 rounds, or a smiling corpse on a mountain of brass and dead terrorists? I pray if I am given that choice I will be the guy in the second image. But….but, you might not be either one. You might survive and win if you are decisive enough, accurate enough, and violent enough. Let us all be those things.