The massacre from a shooting in a Texas church* resulted in 26 dead and over 20 injured. Could this horrible tragedy have been prevented? Sadly enough this was one of many in the past few years. Because of this, I feel the need to pass on some valuable information that could help you prevent or react to an Active Shooter situation. So, how do you survive a shooting?
There are 4 simple and easy steps that will help you survive a shooting:
1. Carry your weapon at all times
2. Get proper training with your weapon
3. Carry your weapon concealed
4. Always position yourself so you can see the threat coming
Whether you know it or not, YOU are at war. The sooner you realize that and accept it the faster you can start using the survival mindset. In doing so, you would be more likely to survive a shooting. Christian’s all over the world are being murdered or sold into sex slavery just because they are Christian. And for those of yall that ain’t Christian have no fear…the jihadist see yall as a threat too. Why? Because you’re are not one of them, that’s all they need to know.
The gun is a tool, no more good or evil than the one holding it. No different than a hammer, a car, a skill saw, or a butcher's knife. All can be used as a weapon, but only the gun is currently at risk of being banned. The sooner you wrap your head around the fact that a gun is a tool, the easier it becomes to carry it into a house of worship.
Important to remember:
1. You bought the weapon to protect yourself and your family. It can’t help you if you don't have it on you.
2. The bad guy has a gun too - It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun.
3. God gave you the skills and know how to use that weapon. He expects you to use it to protect others.
Proper training with your weapon will give you the skill and muscle memory you need to use that weapon and survive a shooting. Concurrent training will help you to further develop that skill. It will also help you improve your speed and accuracy. Find someone that knows weapons and tactics and ask them to train you. Should the time come, you will be able to meet the threat with a greater threat…YOU!
Don't get yourself Killed
Keep in mind that studies show the average person loses 60% of their accuracy during a firefight. It also shows that collective thought is lost. I.E. YOU’RE FREAKING OUT. Keep calm, take a breath, and let the training take over. And also remember a wounded bad guy can and will kill you just as fast as a non-wounded bad guy.
Carrying your weapon concealed makes it easier for you. It attracts less attention and the bad guys don’t know what you’re fully capable of. By the time they find out, it’s too late. It is important to position yourself in a manner that you can see the threat coming. Chances are that the threat is not coming from the congregation of your church or the people sitting down eating in the restaurant. Better chance it comes from outside. So sitting so you can see the door is a smart move. Personally, I sit in the corner of the building that I’m in so I can see everything going on inside and outside. In all, the most recent mass shootings the threats came from outside. The idea is to stop the threat before it gets inside.
Very rarely does a mass shooting ever start with a pistol. Most shootings are done with a long gun. On that note - very rarely do people walk around with a long gun such as a rifle. If they are, it is usually because they are on their own property or hunting. If a person walks into a public building with a rifle (especially a church or school), chances are high they aren't doing it for show and tell.
Don't Be Afraid to Defend Yourself.
It is better to be judged by 12 than carried by 6. For that matter, it is better to be judged by 12 than seeing your family and friends killed all around you. Don't be afraid to engage a threat if you know you can save lives. I can never stress enough how important it is to know the laws where you live and are. Having a healthy respect for what is required of you to be a law-abiding citizen is vital. However, you must also decide for yourself what you are willing to go through to save lives. Sometimes in order to do what is right, you have to take the big ugly axe. It is important to make that decision beforehand. Sitting there worrying about what is legal and what is not will not help when people are getting shot at and every second counts.
When to Shoot
If you see you see a threat coming, wait for the shooter to get to the door of the building before firing. They have to pause and use one hand to open the door. That’s the time for you to strike. If you're in luck, the door is close to where you are, and bullets will go through most walls and doors. Keep in mind your backdrop, you don't want to accidentally shoot an innocent person if they happen to be behind the attacker.
With or without a weapon I still encourage you to fight. The passengers of flight 93* knew they were going to die. The evidence is in the last minute phone calls they made to their loved ones. But they got up and fought anyways. They took out the enemy and stopped the Jihadist from killing countless more lives. They all died heroes in my book.
I would like to Challenge all those who possess the same or similar skill set as myself to teach their loved ones, fellow church members, or their neighbors how to properly use their weapons and how to defend their homes, school, and churches.
All that it takes to stop a mass shooter is one well-placed shot.
Just to be Clear
This article is focused solely on saving lives. It is your job to know the local laws of the area where you live. Be prepared to be held accountable for your actions should you have to choose between saving yours/someone's life or avoiding any legal accusations.
On that note: Don't run and hide if you are capable of stopping the shooting. It will only lead to more killing if the perpetrator isn't stopped. We’re all going to die someday, it’s how we check out that matters. Might as well go out with your boots on.
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