Van Canna wrote:
It's all good Jason...but I try to imagine how a person would react in a real panic situation while feeling cornered like a rat as we see the people trapped in that room in the video.
I have to keep telling myself, I'm not the average person. What would they do? Judging by what I see on Youtube, not a whole lot. But then, it's been a loooong time since my life was physically threatened. How do I know how I'll react now?
Next, the husband locks the glass door of the office and proceeds to kick the guy on the floor threatening to kill him.
A bunch of coworkers responded but were overcome by fear and confusion and had difficulty even opening the door to try and rescue the hapless employee.
During my interviews, they all admitted feeling helpless against such a big strong maniac.
There is lots of psychological impairment that takes place in those scary situations that makes people dance around like chickens.
I'm so used to being part of a group of not-small guys on shift more than ready to get involved, and having armed security that can respond within 30 seconds.
Now, Jason, what are the odds that an office/place we work at will experience a mass killing?
Is this possibility enough to warrant a person going to work armed with a gun, just in case?
Hasan shot up that readiness group on Ft Hood, what, two years ago? I'd say fairly likely. And, no, not enough apparently, because I know I'd be fried in a court-martial, even if I saved lives.
Some people think not as they posit even if someone has a gun, he wouldn't be able to use it frozen in fear...some of those are reading this right now on this forum.
Meh. I'm not one of those people, and statistics don't match their fantasy.
Look I know this site is for "Prepping" but why are you prepping for the most unlikely of scenarios. Its not like you carry a grounding rod in case of thunderstorms(or do you?). Can it happen to you, yea it might, but preparing for the punch in the face in the bar, a mugger on the street, and a number of other skills learned for every day possibilities can do you better than a full on what if plan, just for a shooter scenario that you don't actually have the necessary skills for. This is a real threat not to be diluted by a delusion of grandeur. Hero fantasy will get you killed, but at least they will say you were a brave soul. Besides how dumb would you feel if you died falling over a potted plant because your shoes were covered in pee wile running to, or from a shooter because you didn't know how to fall.
I gotta ask: are there portable grounding rods? Something I can stick in my pocket? Coat pocket? Waistline? Sadly, there are people who carry guns who probably shouldn't, but this ass-hat seems to suggest that untrained awareness may get you far, but carrying a gun is a death sentence unless you've had S.W.A.T. training.
I would digress, but I can't help thinking that someone criticizing preppers for preparing for unlikely scenarios hasn't talked to too many preppers... they're almost ALL unlikely scenarios.
'Force Decisions' is another book, by my good friend Rory Miller, that is chock full of 'golden nuggets' _ He gifted me with a copy of it at summer camp and it has been difficult to put down.
I have that book. Have you read 'Talking Them Through,' another of Rory's? It's closer to what I have to deal with at work. I haven't found a single book of his that wasn't full of the good stuff.
And in a discussion I had with Rory, when meeting him in Boston after camp, the concept of'Mushin' came up…i.e., what is tactically, as well as physically …deeply programmed as a workable response action for Mushin to call upon?
What did you guys come up with?