What is your plan if you find yourself in the middle of an active shooter situation like what happened yesterday at the Washington Naval Yard?
Like many of you, I’ve been praying for those involved since I first heard about the shootings yesterday.
The events of yesterday also spawned conversations with friends over the best course of action in an active shooter situation. Since most active shooter situations occur in “unarmed victim” zones, the problem requires a unique solution.
I want to share with you, briefly, a response plan for active shooters based on the proven model used in Israel. In fact, this model was so effective that it forced suicide attackers to abandon guns in favor of explosives.
Ironically, it’s also the strategy that Iran has adopted to take out US aircraft carrier groups without using a single “warship”. When the US Navy has war gamed this strategy, it has defeated our Navy 100% of the time.
In short, mass murderers and politicians have both identified the same locations as high value targets—schools, malls, churches, stadiums, movie theaters, etc.
Politicians have taken this information and decided to make it illegal for law abiding citizens to carry weapons there. Mass murderers see a high concentration of potential targets and aren’t real concerned about weapons laws.
So, if you’re a law abiding citizen and find yourself unarmed in the middle of an active shooter situation, regardless of the reason, what are you going to do about it?
If you have the option, your best bet is going to be to tuck tail and run.
If that’s not an option, due to loved ones and/or a lack of an exit, then what are you going to do?
Most active shooter trainings will tell you to cram into a room or closet with lots of other people. To me, that feels like being a fish in a barrel. No thank you.
Some will say that you should try to “reason” or “plead” with the shooter. “Reasoning” and “pleading” are actions that you take with a sane, rational person…not a cold blooded murderer.
Some will say that you should cover the bodies of innocent family members or children to be a human shield and protect them. And, truth be told, that may be the best that some people are able to do in a life or death situation and I respect their sacrifice. Children, girlfriends, and wives are alive today because of heroic actions like this in the past.
But what if you had the ability to stop the attacker? And not the crap about swinging magic scissors to stop a shooter, but REALLY had the ability to stop the killing? Would you use it? Of course you would!
But most “jitsu”s, “do”s, and other marital arts give you the tools for sparring, “social” fighting, and even anti-social fighting but not life-or-death asocial fighting until you’re in the super-elite, upper levels. Lower level self-defense techniques may work against someone who is upset in a social situation, but not against someone who has decided that today is the day that they’ll go down in a blaze of glory, murdering as many innocent people as possible along the way.
What you need in a situation like that is the ability to instantly “turn off the lights” of an attacker, no matter your age, size, speed or strength (or their’s, for that matter). You just can’t do that with a random push, tackle, punch, or even by randomly stabbing them with a knife or scissors—unless you get lucky and hit something vital.
That’s why I’m such a strong proponent of Tim Larkin’s Target Focus Training. It teaches ordinary people how to take a violent attacker to non-functional as quickly and simply as possible by focusing on attacks that interrupt the central nervous system and make it structurally impossible for an attacker to be a threat.
I want you to realize something here. There was a tragedy yesterday and here I am using that tragedy to try to get you to do something. I’m doing this with the full realization that some people will whine and moan about my timing. The fact is that active shooter situations are on people’s minds today and Tim’s training materials are the quickest way for average unarmed people to level the playing field against an armed murderer.
This isn’t training that you’d use to defend your honor or screwing around with friends. This is the stuff that you’d use to stop a violent attack when you can’t get to a firearm fast enough.
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And, yes, I have used and trained with Target Focus Training since the mid 90s, use the concepts with my 102 pound wife and my parents who are in their mid 70s. I’ve also used the concepts to help guys who are getting ready to deploy who have only been taught how to grapple with friends, but who REALLY need to know how to fight someone who’s trying to kill them.
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Here’s to hoping you never need to use the training, but knowing that you’ll sleep better at night because of it.
P.S. Here’s some of what Tim and his lead instructor, Chris, had to say about active shooter situations:
Let’s remove reason and morality from the equation and imagine YOU are the active shooter.
What do you want? An unrestricted field of fire in a target-rich environment. To be the only one dictating the tempo so you can maintain all of the above.
Like a shark cleaving through a school of fish, you want everyone responding to what you do in such a way as to reinforce your operational dominance. In other words, you want the crowd to surge away from you.
When they run they move into your work area and provide a target better than the broad side of a barn… the backside of a crowd. They clear out space in front of you so you are free to fire at will. And best of all, they leave you alone to do what you came here for, and in spades.
This understanding—as reprehensible as it is to dwell on it—is valuable because it tells us what we really need to do in these situations: we must, as a group, swarm the shooter.
We have to tackle him, weigh him down with numbers, immobilize him with our sheer mass. This is the only way to limit his access to victims, interrupt his ability to operate and strip him of control over the engagement—essentially reversing the roles and forcing him to worry about defending himself from a panicked mob.
If you’re the shooter, you want distance, not people closing, close or right next to you, spoiling your aim, restricting your field of fire, imposing a time-limit on how long you’re operational. If you’re the shooter, you want time and space within which to work.
If you’re in the crowd, you want to restrict, constrict, and eliminate that time and space.
While it looks great on paper, it should be understood that the swarm tactic won’t reduce casualties to zero. But if it’s the difference between three or 13 dead then the cold equations say it’s better that we lose a few instead of many. It certainly can’t be any worse than what we currently have (and experienced once again in Colorado)… the herd-tactic of hoping he has so many targets you’ll be the lucky one who’s overlooked.
Swarming an active shooter isn’t an easy thing, compounded by the fear that you’ll be the only one who goes for it. It’s only going to work if you know at least some of the people around you are going to pile in with you, that it’s not just you vs. the shooter, but the entire crowd.
We need to decide, as a society, that we are done allowing the insane to exercise their madness on us freely and without immediate consequence; that we will not be picked off as terrified individuals but will rise as one and end any threat before it can gain traction.
(Tim Larkin comment: After each of the recent “active shooter” rampages: Columbine, VA Tech, Ft. Hood, Tuscon, Aurora and, this morning, the Empire State Building, my Israeli friends contact me asking the same question, “Why don’t Americans know to swarm the shooter?” This tactic is well known in Israel (they learned the hard way) and was used successfully enough to change the preferred tactic used by these murderers from ‘active shooter’ to ‘suicide bomber.’ Which shows that shutting down one avenue to a killer will not stop violence completely but we can shut down this particular tactic’s success rate by swarming an active shooter.)
Sounds great, right? So why won’t we?
Liability. It’s probably cheaper to tell you to run and hide as an individual than it is to tell you to swarm the shooter as a group.
If you run, hide and get shot to death alone, well, it’s the shooter’s fault.
If you take direct action and get shot to death, every lawyer in a three-state radius pricks up their ears.
Simple fear. Completely natural and understandable. No one wants to get shot to death. There’s a million years of evolutionary pressure that has to be overcome in order to act instead of react. But this is where training comes in—you replace fear with knowledge and practice. Resolve yourself to a course of action, get physical training, and then practice for the results you want.
In a perfect world we would decide, as a society, that we’ve had enough and tell everyone to swarm an active shooter, then practice doing so at home, at school, at the workplace until everyone knew that the only person who would be alone in that situation would be the shooter himself.
Unfortunately, in our imperfect world only one person will learn anything at all from the latest horror—the next shooter. And he will find himself with an unrestricted field of fire in a target-rich environment where his madness is free to feed, unopposed.
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