With the recent terrorist attack in San Bernardino, CA fresh in our mind, I thought I would talk about how we as CCW carriers should react if this were happening to us. Let’s address some issues that you will face from the moment of the first shot, based off the reports from the recent terror attack.
First is disbelief that it is happening to you, recall the recent article Normalcy Bias can be a Deadly Deception. With the weapons used in the San Bernardino conference room seconds counted. The conference room was filled with complete chaos as multiple guns were being fired, fire sprinklers going off, and people dying. Reports signaled that each terrorist reloaded their rifle at least once with over 75 rounds fired. Unless you are caught flat footed right in front of the terrorist, you should first seek cover then assess your situation. Having the presence of mind to think will be difficult, I suggest you should concentrate on staying alive and engaging the attackers. There may be a way to flank and get into a shooting position without being detected. Leave calling 911 to those at a further distance than the inside of the room where the terrorists are shooting. There are no rules except to stop the attack.
The San Bernardino Police were bragging about the four minute response to get the first officer on scene, yet the terrorist had killed 14, injured 21, and already left the scene. The police did the very best they could but it was not enough to save 14 lives. Only you are responsible for your own safety, the police can not be everywhere. One obstacle to many of us is whether we can effectively bring violence to the fight? Think about that one for a minute, can you bring violence when it’s needed? Lt. Col. Dave Grossman says that only about 15% of men in war time can direct aimed fire at another human. Are we part of the 15%? We first must get beyond the idea that since we are peaceful, that all others are too. There are people who can and will kill you for the change you have in your pocket or for the chance to check your pocket. There are people who will kill you because you are an American or for the color of your skin. So the thinking that no one wants to kill you needs to stop. If you walk around in public places you are in danger of being killed in an active shooter situation.
All trigger time is good, however we should try and make every shooting session a training session. Try and become better at some aspect of your training. Train with a purpose, train with others and seek out schools to better your tactics. The thing I want to hammer home is that you will react the way you train. Your holster, spare mag and other gear should always be in the same place as you practice. Don’t cheat yourself by moving your gear to be more accessible for competition. Which would you rather do? Win a competition or win a gun fight for your life. With good training, you can do both. I hope I have given you something to think about as you purchase equipment and train. I think in our current era of American history we live with a threat of violence everywhere we go. Don’t be naive of the importance of your training time, it will equip you to respond appropriately if your life becomes the next target of violence.
Guest article written by Henry Glenn.