July 27, 2012

A Green Beret’s Response to the Aurora Shooting

My initial response to the theater shooting in Aurora was a simple desire to understand more and learn the facts surrounding it. Who, what, when, where, and why? After reading through whatever news reports I could find, my tactical mind began considering the situation and the environment. I was going through the process of what’s known as “mental rehearsals”.

Essentially, mental rehearsals are exactly what they sound like: rehearsing potential actions to be taken ‘in the event of’. What would I have done were I faced with the same dire situation of a heavily armed active shooter firing indiscriminately into crowds of people in a dark, smokey theater?

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is a former Army Special Forces soldier who spent time at 1st Special Forces Group and 20th Special Forces Group between 2004 and 2008. He currently works with the Green Beret Foundation, a non-profit charity focused on supporting wounded and killed Special Forces soldiers and their families. Blake is currently pursuing a bachelors degree in general studies... you know, just to get it over with. Twitter: @bmiles84

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  • TheNorthRemembers

    Now this cocksucker wants to change the court venue. Fuck him. You reap what you sow.

  • webmindset1

    My son asked why I was wearing shades as eye protection at the range the other day. What followed was a discussion about real-life situations and the fact that I'm not expecting perfect lighting conditions if I need to deploy my weapon. For the first time, he heard a story from my experience in the Marine Corps as I watched a buddy miss a threat at a distance of less than 25 yards... and he could drive a tack at the range. But when adrenaline gets thrown into the mix, everything changes. Keep up the good work, SOFREP, love your stuff. Semper Fi MoDog out

  • Objective21

    I couldn't get the rest of the story to open on resist44. Did anyone else have that issue?

  • HugeFan

     @johndixon628 Solid post and you're right about the production quality and even more so regarding the efficacy of the video. Thanks for that.

  • johndixon628

    I'm not sure if anyone referenced this video yet, but Run/Hide/Fight is a good basic strategy everyone needs to consider. It's far from a slick Hollywood production, but it contains some valuable information for the average citizen who will, likely, become the intended target.    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VcSwejU2D0&feature=share