Perhaps nothing is as scary and chaotic as a mass shooter. This real-life mass shooter from the Cascade Mall in Burlington, WA was caught on camera committing his evil; I share it not to glorify the mass shooter but for the lessons it teaches good people about survival.
UPDATE and additional lesson on this mass shooter…there was an off-duty Sheriff in Macy’s that night, but HE DIDN’T HAVE HIS GUN ON HIM. That makes me so upset. Carry your dang firearm, friends. Everywhere. https://get-asp.com/1c1j
UPDATE TWO: The murderer in this video committed suicide in jail while awaiting a competency hearing: http://www.seattletimes.com/seattle-news/crime/accused-cascade-mall-shooter-dies-in-snohomish-county-jail/
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News story with all the details on the mass shooter and his victims: https://get-asp.com/3hz0
What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a mass shooter?
- Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can. A mass shooter is an evil person intent on killing innocents. And wishing them away won’t make them go away.
- Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. The people who were listening and watching were FAR better able to get out of the danger zone and avoid the mass shooter altogether.
- There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. A mass shooter is a predator; this mass shooter only stopped because he ran out of ammunition.
- Against a mass shooter, the most popular paradigm for defending yourself is Ready Houston’s Run-Hide-Fight approach. If you can get out of the danger zone, run. If running is not an option, hide because the bad guy won’t shoot what he can’t see. If running and hiding are not an option, then fight with everything you have with whatever you have on you. Greg Ellifritz has some good thoughts about the limits of the Run-Hide-Fight mentality, which to me are more discussion of its limits than whether it is useful or not. I think this video shows the limitations of people not being taught to really fight when they need to, but it does show the validity of using run and using hide when appropriate.
- Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. None of the five victims were anticipating facing a mass shooter. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with your loved ones and with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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