I am a Christian. As I started thinking about what the first topic would be that I would write about, I considered writing about proper mindset or the importance of fitness in tactical training or even my primary training philosophy, but as I stepped back and thought about what is most important, I kept coming back to one thing. Christ. Without Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, winning a violent confrontation only means delaying eternal separation from Him for another 30 or 40 years. So I felt that before I dive into any of the finer points of training to survive a violent confrontation I should be clear on the most important thing, being right with God.
How will you respond if you are the first, second, or third officer responding to an active shooter situation? The majority of the school shootings/ active shooter events in the United States have been carried out by a single crazed individual. In the rare instances where there has been more than one shooter the cowards that carried out the attacks were not hardened fighters, but rather crazed/ suicidal young men. Contrast this to the coordinated attacks that have been carried out globally by islamic extremists. Many of these attacks were carried out by over 30 hardened veterans of global jihad.
So why does knowing the tell tale differences between a suicidal lone wolf attack and a coordinated islamic terror attack matter? First, it matters because the islamists have publicly stated that they want to do the same to us as they did to the Russians at Beslan (probably the worst school shooting in history). Second, it matters because as the first responder your actions will set the tone and either help end the situation quickly or you will be added to the list of victims.
Lets look at two different hypothetical scenarios. In the first scenario an officer responds to a call of shots fired in a school. The officer makes entry into the building, hears gunshots, advances to the sound of gunfire and confronts the criminal who either kills himself as soon as he realizes that an authority figure is there to stop him, or is quickly engaged and killed by the officer. For the second scenario the same call goes out, the same officer responds, hears no gunfire inside of the building, makes entry and is immediately killed by a barricaded shooter with a rifle. The second responding officer makes entry only to be engaged and fall next to his brother in arms. What do the third and fourth officers on the scene do? Do they blindly run in, or do they recognize that this is a coordinated attack, regroup and counterattack asymmetrically.
Here are some of the signs that you might be dealing with a coordinated attack.
Bill Rapier Owner/ Lead Instructor
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