The Batman Shootings in Colorado started a storm of media coverage, a review of gun control, movie theater security, and the psychology of white males who think they are The Joker. Although interesting, none of this coverage has been as informative or influential to me as this article.
The article is an analysis of the Colorado shooting by a Navy Seal, and a few tips on how YOU could try to avoid being a victim on a day to day basis.
See fully pasted article below:
The Colorado movie shooting got under my skin, what if I was there with my parents? What would I have done? What about the helpless people around me?
I am a mixed martial artist, I have had a few fights with a record of 5-1 (youtube Glen Shaw if you doubt me) over the 6-7 years I have trained. I focus on Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Muay Thai, and went to a separate gym for a few months for some Krav Maga training.
In general I would consider myself capable of defending myself, but playing out the movie theater situation in my head horrified me. Then it branched out to other scenarios: What would I do if a shooter came in while I was sitting in the office?
Full Navy Seal Article:
-Don't Make Yourself an Easy Target
"As I continue to read about the terrible tragedy in Aurora, Colorado, I can’t help but think there’s some lessons from my time as a Navy SEAL that I can pass on to the average citizen. So here goes…
When at sporting events, concerts, and the movies, choose seats that give you a tactical advantage always. What do I mean? Choose seats that allow good and east vantage points and a hasty exit point. Always stack the odds in your favor. It’s the reason I still combat park (back in to a space) and sit with my back to the wall when I’m eating.
-Active Shooter Scenario Advice
Take cover and not concealment. Concealment hides, cover hides AND protects. It’s the difference between hiding behind a movie seat or a concrete wall.
Don’t lie there with your eyes closed and get shot. Think and move. A good decision executed quickly is better than a great one never executed. Violence of action, as we call it in the Spec Ops community, will often change the odds in your favor.
For close quarter combat drills we’d draw a gun with someone over 20 feet away running at us. In most cases you can be on someone before they can draw and take a shot. I’m not advocating running straight at someone but if you have the tactical advantage (jam, re-loading, distraction or the shooter isn’t paying attention) then take the shooter down or get the hell out of there. Deal with the situation with your eyes wide open.
In Aurora, the shooter was severely weighted down with armor and his helmet would have also limited his vision. You can use all this to your advantage.
Flashlight anyone? I have one for dailyand take it everywhere with me. It’s become another extension of me and has diffused at least two potentially violent confrontations in a non-lethal way. I recommend 200+ lumens.
-How to use it in this situation?
I would have pulled my high lumens pocket flashlight and blinded this guy. The high powered beam would have taken away his vision for 3-4 seconds, which is an eternity and enough time to flight or fight. There’s also no shame in surviving and getting you and your loved ones out of harm –especially little ones. Be a Hero to your kids and family for surviving, nobody can expect more of you than that. Like we say in Survival Escape Evasion Resistance (SERE) school, “Survive with Honor.”
If you’re lucky enough to live in a state like Texas that not only allows concealed, but supports the use of deadly force, then train to use it.
Think seriously about whether it’s worth a Carry Concealed Weapon (CCW) permit in states where you’re likely to get screwed by a jury if you use it. Example: I can get a CCW in CA but I’m likely screwed if I shoot somebody. The mostly liberal (I’m a registered independent for the record) jury will be sure to have my *** and it’s why I own a dog that’s trained to bite and protect (another good option). Nothing makes me happier then visualizing PETA pitted against other wild-eyed liberals.
Bottom line is that if you own a gun and have it as daily, you’d better rehearse your use scenarios both physically and mentally, and the same with the gun in the home. Mental practice is extremely valuable after you’ve mastered the basics. FYI, shooting paper at the local range will not prepare you for a defensive shooting situation. Rehearsing defensive scenarios is the only thing that will prepare you.
For most of you, the best bet is to buy a good tactical flashlight, there are plenty on the market. Specs: At least 200+ lumens, waterproof, LED, and a 3volt lithium battery. Use andyour light with you at all times. It’s the best non-lethal and practical option available, in my opinion. You can take it anywhere –including on an airplane –and if it’s a high lumen model it will blind people in broad daylight. I can’t recommend this purchase enough.
-Learn From an Expert
There are plenty of former Military and Law Enforcement that have great self-defense skills. Just vet your instructor carefully, ask for references and proof of service. While there are many solid instructors out there, there are also a plethora of wannabe Rex-Kwon-Do types who are self-proclaimed experts and worse –lie about their service.
-Alter Your Lifestyle, and it May Save Your Life
Avoid opening night and large crowds (e.g. go to Disney World during off-peak) that make easy targets. FYI, most domestic and foreign terrorists want the biggest bang for their buck. They want Yankee stadium sold out and not Padre stadium at 60% capacity. It sucks to live this way sometimes but ask the survivors from Colorado if it’s worth a minor lifestyle change. I say it is, and it’s the main reason I’m watching the Olympics on TV and not attending this year. London is too much of a risk for a variety of reasons that I will not go into on this post.
-Don’t Be a Victim
Rehearse emergency scenarios before there’s an emergency, the time to practice is NOT when it’s happening.
The world is a dangerous place these days. Be prepared.
A great book I’d also recommend is, Escape The Wolf by Clinton Emerson.
My condolences to the victims and their families in Aurora Colorado.
Since seeing this article and talking about it with my martial arts instructor I have taken a few simple steps that could one day be the difference between life and death for me and loved ones.
I now This is my flashlight and it is no joke, it is similar to having 6-7 laser pointers shined in a flood beam into both of your eyes and I am sure it would buy me a few seconds to fight or flight in a sticky situation. It is the size of a large pen and weighs a little more but clips perfectly to the pocket of a pair of suit pants.around a 200+ Lumen flashlight.
On top of the flashlight I also started wearing a small knife around my neck for self defense as a last resort in case my hands are not enough or to quickly clear myself of a gang of dirt bags trying to distract me and hurt my lady friend. The neck knife works well because it is invisible under a button up shirt and tie and this particular model functions perfectly in combination with my striking training, one overhand right...
I may be a little more extreme than others but I decided after running through all the scenarios in my head where a simple knife and flashlight could save my life, it is worth it.
I wouldn't share this with WSO if I didn't find it relevant. How do you defend yourself in the jungle?