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 is currently the Director of Communications and Social Media for 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 Marketing. 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