Over on the Active Response Training website, our friend Gorillafritz posted a rundown of the recent mass murder at the nightclub in Orlando. He broke it down in typical pragmatic Gorillafritz fashion, articulating six points for you — and by you, we mean anyone who goes out to do anything in public. Of those six points, one, in particular, stands out — number four, wherein he relays an uncomfortable truth you better get used to.
4) You may have to attack the killer even if you are unarmed. It doesn’t appear that anyone tried to fight the killer as he was on his murderous rampage. That’s a shame. There’s no way that the terrorist would have killed as many people as he did had the bar patrons attacked en masse.
Even if you were unarmed and attacked, what’s the worst thing that could happen? You get killed? You are likely already dead anyway. You have nothing to lose by trying to take the killer out…If you can organize your friends for a simultaneous attack, you will likely have a higher success rate. That should be pretty easy to do in a club. Few people go to a dance club by themselves.
There is really no way that one armed man should be able to take 300 people hostage. Do whatever mental gymnastics you need to perform to wrap yourself around the idea that you may have to fight, even with bare hands, if you don’t want to end up in a coffin.
Think on that for a minute. One guy held hundreds at bay. Sure, it’s easy to pass judgment in hindsight. No one knows for sure if you’ll be able to do what needs to be done until the moment of truth — but if you start girding yourself for it now, you’ll have a better chance.
Remember Satwant Singh Kaleka, who charged a gunman to defend his people — he died upright and did not go quietly. We can learn a lesson from that.
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