Evil or Bad Guys VS… Someone Who Thinks Like Me
I look at the news and just shake my head, evil continues to grow. In the last few days 2 police officers and a Home Depot employee are shot in Dallas. My heart hurts for these people and their families. I was a sworn officer for 20 yrs. My family was never touch directly by evil doing harm to me. A few of my friends in different agencies lost their lives or were injured. We were trained to face bad guys… we were trained to engage evil. When I retired, I sworn that I would take my skills and help citizens to understand how to use a firearm effectively. I’ve been out of law enforcement for 13 years’, and yes, I still train to maintain that edge necessary to survive a “what if” scenario. I seek out other instructors and we share ideas, and concepts … we push one another to be better, not just mediocre.
Who would have ever though that a shop lifter would shoot 3 people…no one would guess that so many lives would be forever changed. One of the guys I teach with (Larry Browning) asked me this question, “Would you have shot this guy in the back after he had just shot the 2 police officers and the employee as he was running out?” I did not hesitate to answer… OF COURSE, someone who would shoot three people so quickly… one officer in the back of the head… one officer in the face… the employee (not sure where he was hit), this is evil… this is a bad guy… this is a terrorist (my opinion). I will have no mercy for this type of breathing dirt bag. I have always said… if you are in a fair fight… YOU’RE TACTICS SUCK. FIGHT TO WIN, FIGHT TO GO HOME TO YOUR FAMILY. Come train with us. Get you LTC… protect those you love… protect those who can’t protect themselves.
Tactical & Defensive Instructor
We throw around the word TACTICAL every day because it sounds really cool. The definition of Tactical is “ a planned action for accomplishing an end”. Anything else will probably lead to PANIC. The end result for most people is just to go to work, school or mind our own business and not to be bothered or let anyone side track us. But there are those that want to rob, steal, rape, or just be a general nuisance. This should lead you to have a warrior spirit or a TACTICAL MINDSET.
Having a Tactical Mindset is not paranoia. It is not living in fear. It is living prepared. It is simply fighting the biggest enemy each us have which is “complacency.” It is preparing for the unthinkable as though it were the inevitable. It is living in a state of heightened awareness. It is refusing to be a victim. As one person said, “ be polite to everybody, but have a plan to kill everyone in the room.”
Having a Tactical Mindset is wearing your pistol and extra mags every day. This should be as common as putting on your socks and shoes each morning. It should be a part of your dress. It is also realizing the need for proper training and maintaining a high level of proficiency. It is disciplining yourself to dry practice your draw stroke, speed reloads, tactical reloads, clearing stoppages, and going to the range.
Most of us know that most crime is at night. So why do you go shopping at night? Why do you allow your spouse go out alone at night. Are you counting on crime happening to someone else? Or do you just feel lucky. Are you the type of person that only carries a firearm where you might be in danger? Then why would you even go there. Every place you go now…even churches are places of opportunity for the dirt bags to take or harm what belongs to you. Come to the range… come train… push yourself. Don’t train to a level where you are just comfortable but do the unthinkable. You will not rise to superior level when chaos comes. You will be only as good as you have trained. Attackers count on you being fearful…Do not let complacency take over your body and/or mind.
Understanding THREAT Recognition (Situational Awareness)
Many people believe they can avoid criminal activity and possible conflict by simply avoiding “problem” areas. While this is true, a person may be more likely to be victimized in certain locations, it is also a fact that people can be assaulted virtually anywhere. The best way to avoid conflict when you are out and about is to recognize and address the threats before they lead to a dangerous encounter.
How does a criminal decide who to attack?
After a bad guy decides to commit a crime, his next priority is a victim — preferably someone oblivious to the lurking danger and who is likely to be afraid to or lack the skills to fight back when attacked. Bad guys will often “test” their potential victim by asking for a match, some change, the time or something similar, an action that reveals whether the individual will allow his or her personal space to be violated.
How can a gun owner avoid looking like a target?
Guns do not magically keep criminals away, and since Texas is a concealed carry state the bad guy would not know and should not know you are armed (don’t lose this element of surprise). A “Command Presence” and remembering your “States of Awareness” is your best deterrent. The vast majority of criminals are opportunists who strike when presented with a good opportunity. Remove the opportunity and you dramatically reduce the risk you face.
How does one learn how to effectively observe and detect risk?
While seated on our favorite recliner we are most often in “Condition White”, however, on the street, we must mentally “kick it up a notch” to match the situations we encounter. Remembering our “States of Awareness” starting with an oblivious, unprepared state … and moving all the way to a condition of being ready to fight without any hesitation and with all the tools your arsenal holds, and always remembering “if you find yourself in a fair fight … your tactics suck”!
Should we live at the highest level of alertness at all times?
We cannot observe effectively if we are stuck at either end of this awareness spectrum. At the bottom of the scale, we will fall victim to an accident or to a criminal eventually. However, on the other hand, we cannot go through life or for that matter a single day with our hand on our holstered pistol 24/7. Our threat response needs to move up and down the scale as both observation and circumstances change and intel dictates.
What intellectual problems must we overcome when attacked?
Most will face three intellectual difficulties: (1) recognizing the threat in time to react; (2) understanding and accepting that severe harm or death is possible; (3) and overcoming reluctance to answer that threat by responding aggressively enough to stop the threat.
How can we overcome these three problems?
We overcome these problems by moving along the sliding threat scale. The lowest level on the scale allows us to be in an oblivious, daydreaming, preoccupied state (safe at home in your living room). The next level is that of general alertness — heads up and eyes searching (this is where we live while in public). Still higher is identification of a specific threat. The final level is being mentally prepared to fight, and as mentioned earlier to STOP the threat.
What happens when we reach that final level?
When we realize a threat is real, we are waiting on a “mental trigger”, a specific, predetermined action on the bad guy’s part that will result in our immediate, aggressive, defensive respo nse. By having a “pre-set trigger” in our mind we can move fast enough to deal with the problem and not waste time deciding what to do. If you wait until you need a plan to form one, you are too late!!!
What is that mental trigger?
The mental trigger will differ depending on the circumstances. It could be, “I’ve told him to stop, if he moves one more step toward me with that tire iron, I’ll shoot.” Whatever the trigger is, once it is pulled, we must take immediate action against the bad guy. Your life and the life of your family and friends could depend on your response!
A final thought! Do criminals really fear gun-carrying citizens?
Yes, in fact they do! Criminals fear the armed citizen more than the police — armed citizens are unpredictable. They resist attacks, and they shoot back, they are not required to take prisoners, and those that train are often very skilled. Most bad guys will avoid an attack on a random person they believe might be armed. The most common behavioral difference between a victim and the survivor is your level are awareness (don’t be a sheeple).
Remember: Trigger Press & Front Sight
Larry, aka Bushwacker
Jim (trig) Lynch
Owner of Tactical and Defensive of Texas
It’s been a while since I have updated our newsletter tab. There are several reasons why but I won’t go into that here. My opinion(s) are just that… my opinion. You can agree or disagree…and that is your freedom. You have that freedom because on the men and woman of the armed forces and our LEO’s. But I am not here to chase that rabbit either. I recently read an article written by Gabe Saurez of Suarez International USA, Inc. This is one of the most out spoken persons about personal defensive that you can read on the web. I just happen to agree with most of his thinking about training yourself and your mind set. Let me make this statement about Mr. Saurez… I had the opportunity to take an instructor class under him a few years back and he is everything he says he is.
He recently wrote an article about shooting terrorists. He stated in the article… shooting a bad guy is not the same as shooting a terrorist. I had never really put that into a thought like he did. HE IS ABSOLUTLY CORRECT. I have been training people just like you to protect yourself for the everyday bad guy…people too lazy to work.. people that want to steal what you have work for…. People that will hi-jack your car/truck….people that will take your life for the shoes you wear…but a terrorist now that is a little different. You shoot a bad guy to stop him. You call an ambulance to save his life, but a terrorist; you shoot him to end his life. This guy, this terrorist has a mind set to die for his cause… you get this guy help and he will still be a terrorist. A bad guy might deserve to be shot once or twice in his/her center mass. But a terrorist, like Mr. Suarez says…he deserves neck and head shots (right again)…a terrorist deserves no mercy…he needs to be put down and put down permanently. America is no longer a nation that is at total peace. We are now a place where terrorists want to bring a battle. They want us to leave in fear. We can no longer afford to be a passive bunch of wimps. We can no longer sit back and say a terrorist acts happens on the other side of the world. PEOPLE.. Terrorism is right here in America…not in our backyard…TERRORISM is right in our front yard. Terrorism is not a matter of if it will happen… terrorism is now a matter of when is it going to happen. I hope and pray that a terrorist never touches your life or the life of a loved one, but if it does, will you be ready, will you be armed, will you have any idea of what to do or will you coward down and hope someone will save your life. CHANGE THE WAY YOU THINK..GET YOURSELF TRAINED… contact us…we can get you started down the right path to protect yourself and your loved ones.
Victim, Statistic or Survivor… You make the decision
Are you ready to be a victim? To graduate takes a lot….all you have to do is NOTHING. That sounds wrong doesn’t it, because to graduate typically takes a lot of hard work? Think about it…you have to have a lot of faith in the bad guy to do the right thing (wait… he is about to make you the victim of a crime), you think you are tough enough to protect yourself, maybe you will survive the shot… or maybe you’re thinking “I don’t go into those kinds of places”… so what …you probably never leave your house.
Over the years as a law enforcement officer, firearms instructor and a martial arts student, I have heard many reasons as to why an individual never learns to defend themselves; examples… I am afraid of guns, I don’t have the time, that kind of thing never happens around here, I can’t afford it, I’m not driving that far, I don’t think that I could ever shoot anyone. I’ll bet at least one of these excuses fits you.
You are in fact willing to take the chance with your or someone else’s life. Your spouse, your kids, grandkids, family or friends… Are you going to take the chance that some punk will simply rob you and let you go? Look at the newspapers or listen to the news; people are shot everyday for as little as a couple of bucks. Pedophiles are running loose, perverts are everywhere, crooks, robbers and burglars they are like coach roaches. The world is not going to get better. The jails are full. Criminals are being turned loose by the hundreds. Are you willing to have your loved ones assaulted while you do nothing? Are you hoping that the bad guy will have pity on you? Do you have more faith in the bad guy to do the right thing and no faith in yourself to train? Are you willing to look down the barrel of a gun pointed at your face or maybe at your kid’s head while this dirt bag is working up the courage to blow your head off…because he knows dead people make poor witnesses to the police. Have you ever thought about the fear that will last forever once you are a victim? What about the fear from a brutal attack, being raped or being jumped by a flash mob? Flash mobs are the newest crimes; usually it’s a group of young adults that attack at random while someone is walking by and it’s happening across America. So you don’t have the courage to train… but you have the courage to let someone beat the crap out of you, to shoot you or to shoot your loved one.
“How many are ready to die by a violent act?” “How many want to leave their kids or grandkids without one of their parents or grandparents?” “How many are ready to leave a spouse behind?” Oh sure you have a CHL, that makes you legal not proficient. In all the classes taught by Tactical and Defensive when asked these questions no one has raised their hand or screams out I WILL. Would you feel comfortable putting your trust in a law enforcement officer that never trains? We don’t train heroes, we train survivors. We teach you how not to be a statistic or a victim. It’s easy to stand in front of a paper target and shoot a bunch of holes into it. Targets do not shoot back…think about this; if you are facing a bad guy and the both of you have guns someone is going to get shot. There are ways to improve your odds. The bad guy has already decided to do you harm, he is already ahead of you. Bad guys don’t play by any rules or laws. Training is the key. Proper training is essential to surviving.
Guns were not designed to hurt the person shooting them. Guns were designed to protect you and your family. Guns are a tool…nothing more. Give Tactical and Defensive of Texas a try and we will give you the confidence and the ability to overcome your fears. Stop putting off training yourself. Don’t be a target…don’t be the VICTIM.
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