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Prepare Now

ImageConcerning the recent shootings in Colorado, Peter Ahearn, a former FBI agent, stated, “There’s no way you can prevent it. There’s absolutely no way,” he said. “It was random. It happened. There was nothing that could have prevented that unless someone saw him loading his car with guns.” (AP article by Eileen Sullivan) Apparently the shooter had been planning this attack for months, buying and collecting equipment. He chose the time and location with the intent of injuring as many as possible.

There will be endless debate and coverage of this tragedy. There will be calls for stricter gun control, banning “assault” weapons and high capacity “clips,” and speculation on what was going on in the shooter’s mind.

The lessons for us are different. The bad guy knows when, where and how the attack is going to occur. We prepare, or you should with training and practice. Just remember that you need to work on more than just shooting. A background on unarmed techniques is good. With a little knowledge it isn’t that difficult to take down an armed opponent, especially one who doesn’t know anything about fighting.

The most difficult thing is the mental aspect of responding to a threat. Normally when the time comes you only have a matter of a few seconds to go from having an enjoyable evening with the family into response mode. This part of the process, mentally shifting gears, is one of the most difficult things to achieve.

The main key to being prepared is to stay aware of what’s going on around you. There are almost always warning signs. Sometimes they are almost insignificant, and if you’re not paying attention you will miss them. When anything out of the norm occurs it should pick up on your radar. Many times it won’t be anything, but you can’t afford to miss the small thing because small things can lead to big trouble.

As soon as you notice something out of the ordinary you tune in. In the Colorado shooting there were several signs, but according to interviews people thought it was part of the show. By the time people realized what was happening the attack was in full swing. It’s difficult to go from what Jeff Cooper called condition White, which is where you are totally unaware of what’s going on around you, to Red, the state you need to be in to fight. Working up from Yellow, a general state of awareness, to Orange, where you have picked up on a potential threat and then to Red, if necessary, is easier. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jeff_Cooper)

Staying aware of your environment provides you with time to respond. The response may be to avoid or escape, or to react with force.

Regardless of what you’ll need to do the key is to prepare in advance. Are you ready and willing? Now is the time to make those decisions.

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July 26, 2012 - Posted by | Defensive Mindset

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