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August 1, 2012

What If You Were In The Movie Theater That Night?

“If you have no capacity for violence then you are a healthy productive citizen: a sheep. If you have a capacity for violence and no empathy for your fellow citizens, then you have defined an aggressive sociopath–a wolf. But what if you have a capacity for violence, and a deep love for your fellow citizens? Then you are a sheepdog, a warrior, someone who is walking the hero’s path. Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed.” Dave Grossman

There were two general reactions to the cowardly shooting in Colorado. The sheep thought “Thank God I was not in that theater, I would have died”. The sheep dogs thought “If I had been in the theater, maybe I could have done something to stop him”.

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  • markmiller   Police have a new method for dealing with armed attackers who get inside school  buildings in Tuscaloosa: They're teaching educators and students to fight back. Read more:

  • 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.   I've re-posted this on several articles because I feel it is a good video to share among friends and family. While those of us with more advanced training might see different methods to use in such events, I want those I care about to live through it. I hope we all can agree on that.     

  • markmiller

    Preparation to combat violent offenders starts with the mind .... SRO STANDOFF WITH GUNMAN AT SULLIVAN CENTRAL Raw video from security cameras at Sullivan Central High showing the Aug 30, 2010 standoff between School Resource Officer Carolyn Gudger and a gunman at the school. Gudger placed herself between the principal and the gunman until back-up arrived. Unedited video starts with Gudger's arrival at Sullivan Central High School and ends fourteen minutes later just before the arrival of back-up and the shooting of the gunman. The actual stand-off begins at the three minute mark but the gunman can be seen walking around in the front doors of the school before then. The audio of the 911 call can be heard but you have to turn your volume up all the way. Not sure why she didn't just shoot him? She may have never mentally prepared for an incident like this.


     @SEAN SPOONTS  Well, we agree that in the theater, the range is likely to be 50 feet or less. It wasn't a newspaper misquote, in the video, the gentleman clearly says 165 yards which is probably the full length of the trailer park! With your weapons training, I'd take my pistol down to the range at twilight and do some silhouette shooting at different ranges in the fading light. See how you do. Then remember that the average CCW holder hasn't had your training and that the chaos in the theater would distract the average bear.   It's my contention that at the more distant ranges, in dim conditions, it gets harder to score a hit. I'd take it through till darkness.   Louis Awerbuck has good classes and travels around the country teaching defensive shooting: I took it in Durham, NC and learned a lot. He includes some crude moving targets in his drills. The guy in the theater was moving as well as the people in the theater.    

  • DarwinBound

     @JCS    I would suggest farther that they are not wolvehounds, but instead honey badgers.