You decided you need some options. Terrorist assaults will happen and most like occur at large activities filled with innocent people. It’s not likely anyone will attack Camp Perry during the middle of the National Pistol Matches, at least more than once.
You have decided that if you must dance with the devil, you’re going to lead!
Do you have a self-rescue first aid kit? How about a gun and a reload? Do you know how to use other weapons, either pistol, shotgun or rifle if you are able to retrieve one? I’m not suggesting you wrestle one away from an active shooter, but dead security officer, dropped jammed weapon, your buddy’s back-up weapon, could find their way into your hands.
Got a flashlight? What about an edged tool, ID and licenses (driver and CCW), cash, credit card, cell phone? You do pre-plan a meeting place if separated from family and friends? Would pepper spray do any good? Do you know where you are and have a mental map of the surroundings? Do your children understand that sometime they must listen and obey without argument? Does the oldest know they have to take care of the youngest while following instructions from you or your spouse?
Do you keep your cell phone charged?
Are you wearing shoes you that will help or hinder you to climb over broken glass or concrete? Do your clothes make you stand out? If you lost your prescription glasses how well can you see?
Got a pad of paper and pen so you can write down details of the assailants? How many? Men, women or both? Where did they come from, where did they leave from? Did you notice them when they came in? What were they carrying? Did they talk to anyone? What was the color of their car? Did you get a license plate number? Who was driving? What direction did they go? Did you notice anything else? Did you notice anyone act differently or oddly just before the attack? Those notes could make the difference in capturing the entire group.
Remember the ODA that took a school room of Amish girls hostage and started murdering them in 2006? Two of the slightly older girls pleaded with him to be killed first to buy time for the younger girls to be rescued. Where do 13 and 11 year olds find that bravery?
Aristotle thought we became brave by doing brave deeds.
Start with little things. Don’t give your word just out of peer pressure. Do the hard things. Go shovel snow when everyone else is inside hiding from the cold. Tell someone politely it’s a bad idea when it is a bad idea. Make plans to protect your family if something happens to you. Take that overnight back pack trip by yourself. Take a firearms course and expect that you will not be the best. Accept and then incorporate the corrections from the training. Volunteer to take charge of some activity and make it happen the way you want it to and if it doesn’t learn from your mistakes.
Decide in advance if you can shoot a person. Then decide if you can shoot them in the back or from an unseen position. Decide if you are shot, injured or trapped you’ll focus on stopping them right here, right now. Remind yourself why you made these decisions. Speak out loud the reasons you’re not giving up. They may be your children, spouse, parents, family or friends. Maybe it’s just the principle of it all. Say it out loud every day before you need it.
Do things that make you uncomfortable. Make a speech to your club or activity. Do a reading at church if it’s allowed. Ask to make a presentation at work. Collect signatures at a mall to support legislation on behalf of organizations you believe in. Stand up for those who can’t stand up for themselves.
Get yourself square with God. Does your theology permit killing? Does it permit self-sacrifice in defense of others? Does your religion honor those who sacrificed themselves for others?
Decide if you can do it. Somewhere I read Ian Fleming was considered for action behind German lines as a Special Operation Executive (SOE). He did well in training as did the others, but one final test was needed. Each student had to kill a stranger in cold blood.
It seems the British had a man who had the ability to throw himself out of the line of fire for one gun shot. Fleming was given a revolver and a story justifying the man’s death. What Fleming didn’t know until later, the man would throw himself out of the way behind a heavy wooden desk while a person Fleming absolutely trusted would rush out from behind a screen and stop the second shot.
Fleming opened the door and found he couldn’t do it. It was one thing to kill in combat, but cold blooded killing was beyond Fleming. His literary creation, James Bond, passed the test that Fleming failed.
Decide if you can do it to save yourself and others. If not, change your plans
I’m sorry I can’t tell you if you carry a Glock 9mm with the newest hot ammo, an Always Brite tactical light powered by atomic batteries, a 12-inch fixed blade knife, a level three chest plate under your tee-shirt and Ninja gloves for repelling down high strength, super-Kevlar thread stored in your shoe heel that everything will be alright.
It would be easier if I could and if it was true. Most of us aren’t in a position we can join the military or police and work our way into an elite unit with all the skill sets and training you might need. It isn’t always the blue wire that needs to be cut, no matter who tells you it is.
If you get the opportunity to disrupt, retard, report, worry and even foil some ODA, I’d consider it a job well done.