The nice folks over at The Havok Journal have conducted a Red Team Exercise on what a terrorist attack on America would look like. (part 1) (part 2) (part 3)
The analysis is well thought and represents just a portion of what could happen. It should be enough to give those mildly interested pause. The one audience that it won’t reach will be the same ones who were asking “why do they hate us?” after the 9-11 attacks. The same ones who today feel we must make nice with our ideological enemies.
For those of us who live in reality there is some things we can do but it comes without guarantees. Those seeking our destruction are well funded, about to get better funded and have the skill and resources to launch an attack anywhere. The lack of a guarantee doesn’t mean we shouldn’t prepare, we should still get our concealed carry permits (where needed) and carry everywhere we legally can while avoiding the places we can’t. We should consider keeping individual first aid (trauma) kits and the training to use them, and also planning for getting home if our primary means of transportation becomes unavailable.
As you go through your daily routine look around and think “what if?” Ignore the rules, think about what someone with nothing to lose is capable of. When you have some ideas think about what you can do (within the rules you have to follow) to minimize your risk first and if possible thwart the adversary as well. Plan, prepare and equip accordingly.
Tam nails it as only she can:
The douchebag should have gotten one or two shots off before someone in the row behind him casually plugged him in the back of his grape.
These weirdos are gonna weirdo until it becomes painfully obvious that any attempt to do something like this means nothing but a swift and ignominious dispatching by your intended victims and a footnote in the crime blotter on page twelve.
I agree with the DoD on this one. As much as I like the idea of civilians grabbing their weapons and rushing to the defense of our forced to be defenseless military. This actually creates another vector of attack on our service members that could be worse than the previous one. I’m reluctant to discuss the particulars here just in case someone hasn’t thought of it yet, but I do agree we need to do something.
What we can do:
1. Make a lot of noise. The President (yeah I know deaf ear), Congress, your Governor and Legislature should be getting letters, e-mails and phone calls from you calling for arming our military against asymmetric threats world wide and ending as many victim disarmament zones as possible.
2. Stay vigilant. If you see something that seems off make note of it and if you think it’s warranted report it.
3. Be prepared to act. If statistics are to be believed 1 in 3 Americans own a firearm but only 1 in 20 have a concealed carry permit. Get your permit encourage others to do the same and for God’s sake, carry! Additionally get medical training, basic first aid is OK but a trauma class is better. Keep a kit handy at all times. You can get a basic kit for around $20.
4. Train. Attend a course; shooting and medical course are the bread an butter, but if you get the chance try to attend some on counter terrorism or counter surveillance as well. Anything to give you an edge.
I’m pretty sure we’ve all got at least one gadget we bought for a gun languishing in a box somewhere where we hope it will never be discovered. The modular nature of the AR15 is a big contributor to this as is the tendency to always want to have the latest and greatest gizmo attached.
The first thing you should do is ask yourself “why am I getting this?” If what you have works you probably don’t need it. If it’s to help you shoot more accurately I’d suggest range time. That’s not to say you shouldn’t get a light, laser or good sight for your pistol. Or that optics for a your carbine are not a good idea. Just that you should be sure why you’re buying it before you do.
According to the link the man who stepped in and saved a girl from being killed by a knife wielding maniac brought ‘risk of harm’ to others.
I seem to recall Target was one of those stores that ‘politely’ asked armed citizens to stay away. Think I’ll stay away no matter what now.