jeffmay | 22 October, 2015 21:45
The recent events in Roseburg, Oregon have shed light on a mindset that has to change in this country, that of the Victim. For the most part, life in America is safe and the majority of us live our lives in peace and happiness. We go about our days not concerning ourselves with the evil that walks amongst us. Unfortunately, all too often, we are reminded that there are monsters out there. The events at Umpqua Community College (UCC) on October 1st were just the latest tragedy to strike this nation. As a law enforcement officer, not being able to prevent such attacks weigh heavily on my mind. This was the driving factor in my decision to teach life saving techniques and attitudes to as many school professionals and students as possible.
At APEX SCF we have trained thousands of school employees in the tactics and mental attitudes that can save lives in situations such as the Oregon shooting. From the reports I have seen on the UCC shooting, the motivation and tactics used by the shooter are similar to most shootings we have seen with the exception of one thing. At some point in the event, the shooter was able to talk with his victims, even lining them up prior to shooting them. He asked each in turn what religion they were and shot those who proclaimed they were Christian, sparing those who did not. This fact is what is truly frightening about this attack, people standing still and waiting to be shot.
During an Active Shooter/Assailant event the mindset of the killer is to rack up the highest score possible before the game is over, in other words, kill as many people as they can until they are killed or they kill themselves. These people are not planning on surviving their attacks, their deaths are the ultimate end. They are not concerned with taking hostages and negotiating with police, their only objective is to kill. If you are involved in one of these events you must understand this, your very life depends on it. You have to fight if confronted by one of these monsters. You must have the mindset of a survivor, of a warrior. Everybody has this ability inside of them, you just need to make that commitment to yourself now; you will fight, you will win, and you will survive.
Active assailants are counting on the idea that you will be their victim and die like a good little sheep, don’t let them. Action is always, let me repeat that, action is ALWAYS faster than reaction. If you cannot escape from an assailant and are confronted by them, ACT! Do not stand there and let them shoot you, fight with all the ferocity you can. Use your emotions, use your anger and fight. The active assailant is a coward and when confronted with courage and bravery, the coward will not prevail. Chris Mintz understood this on October 1st, he was shot seven times by the coward at UCC yet he survived because he fought the monster and the coward retreated.
America has changed, this is something that we all must face. We can no longer count on evil not finding us. We must prepare ourselves for that moment of testing and vow to not let monsters and cowards succeed. Make the commitment now to survive and if that moment does find you, you will be prepared and you will prevail.
Lead Instructor APEX SCF