Monday was obviously a sad,
sad day for many families.
To think that a random murderous gunman could even possibly appear in your
or your child's classroom is a horrible notion.
And while the rest of the world analyzes what could have been done to
forewarn authorities about potential threats like this (including other
countries screaming gun control at us), I can't help but think about how the
victims just sat there waiting to be killed.
I don't mean to disrespect their memory, and I fully understand that they
were still young adults, but if a gunman chained the doors and methodically
began executing people, would you lie down and wait your turn?
Even without training, I would have imagined that someone in that
predicament would have at least tried to stop the shooter. Throw a desk, a
textbook, jumped at him, whatever.
Unfortunately, the same conditioning elements (violent media, video games,
etc.) that romanticize these kind of killings also seem to pacify the "hero"
mechanism within most people today.
Without beating around the bush, here's exactly what you should do (and pass
on to your kids and family) if a gun ever presents itself.
1) Run. Those kids from Va. Tech who immediately jumped out the window had
the right idea. You see a weapon, get as far away as possible. If that means
jumping out a 2nd story window and breaking your leg, fine. If it means
running as fast as you can to a known safe area, fine too. Get the heck out
of there at all costs.
2) Get offline ASAP. Statistics show an absolutely incredible decline in
ability to hit a moving target with a firearm when target reacquisition is
necessary. And that's with highly trained shooters. If you step offline from
wherever the gun is pointed, your survival rate just took a HUGE turn for
3) Drive back in. Can't run? Got offline? Good, now take the fight back to
the bastard. Drive that psycho back on his heels and edge of hand him into
the ground. Don't worry about stripping the gun or disarming him as its
almost impossible to shoot (even a close target) while being beat to death.
Let the jerks in the media play "Monday morning quarterback?????? and
talk about the "signs" and how the attacks could have been "prevented".
Your task for the remainder of the week is to be proactive and go pass this
stuff onto someone. And if they pass it on, and so on, perhaps the next time
a kid (or terrorist) with a weapon might be put down even before a single
person is injured.