Mi Amigos:"But the bravest are surely those who have the clearest vision of what is before them, glory and danger alike, and yet notwithstanding, go out and met it" ...Thucydides
During 78 long minutes on 24 May 2022 at the Robb Elementary School in Uvadie, Texas a lone psychopath killed nineteen school children, two teachers and wounded seventeen others.
We witnessed unprecedented physical and moral cowardice previously unseen in the annals of American law enforcement. Limpetlike, these LEOs clung to inertia while they were anesthetized by fear and indecision.
The shocking denouement, two months prior many of these very same LEOs had attended an active shooter scenario-based training entitled "Stop the Dying." This training ironically had been hosted by the Uvadie School District Police Department
Participants were taught time works in the favor of the predator. As first responders they were told they must make immediate entry without waiting for off-site command decisions. Their entry must be made aggressively for a running gun battle at the very early stages of an armed invasion is preferable to allowing a murderous predator unrestricted control of the school. A defensive and defeatist attitude by LEOs will allow the predator more time to kill.
Regardless of the tactics used there will always be a significant risk of LEO causalities in any active shooter incident. When taking action to stop the kind of carnage inflicted by these incidents' hesitation for fear of suffering police casualties will cost innocent lives. The need for rapid intervention is so urgent that it will be necessary for LEOs to take higher than normal risks.
The measure of the effectiveness of immediate entry is based on the number of innocent lives saved and not the final tally of those killed and injured. At the conclusion of the training the police chief stood in front of the attendees telling them if they could not move to the sound of the guns they were definitely in the wrong profession and should resign. No one turned in their badges. Two months later, frozen by inertia, they stood outside a classroom door for 70 minutes while children died because of their cowardice.
While the LEOs were receiving their training the predator was also training himself in preparation to rack up a higher body count than previous school shootings. This was to be his sick legacy, his demented claim to fame. How was he to acquire these skills? In video games missions take place around the world and many of the locations are real and haunting. When weapons are fired, empty cases eject from the virtual rifles and pistols, guns even recoil. When guns empty the movement of the player's hands are accurate. The soldiers move in a realistic tactical manner. Combat veterans supervise the creation of many of the firearm manipulations and tactical sequences to make sure they are technically accurate.
The predator learned he could point shoot his weapon at the expense of accuracy or aim using his sights. Through hours and hours of practice he learned the shape, function, cyclic rate of fire, caliber, magazine capacity, sight picture, safety controls, magazine changes and other critical data at a near subconscious level.
He was now ready to kill. He burst into the school with the berserk, fanatical words, "today is the day you die"
One child covered herself with the blood of a dead friend pretending to be lifeless. LEOs remained cowered in the hallway outside the door to her classroom.
An eleven-year-old girl crawled across the floor to take the phone out of the hands of her dead teacher. She called 911 pleading for help. LEOs remained cowered in the hallway outside the door to her classroom.
A ten-year-old boy tried to stuff his intestine back inside his abdomen crying for his mother. LEOs remained cowered in the hallway outside the door to his classroom.
Outside the school a few LEOs bullied the desperate parents who called on the LEOs, "Go in there!" "Go in there!"
Members of the US Border Patrol Tactical Unit (BORTAC) made entry, killed the predator not only saving countless lives but our reputation as LEOs.
It is not my intention to focus on the cowardice of those LEOs in Uvadie but instead concentrate on what gave BORTAC the chutzpah to make entry. We must avoid preparing for yesterday's fight, but we must prepare for tomorrow's fight on as-of-yet unknown terrain, against an undetermined foe.
Street Fighters must take on the offensive mindset of a hunter instead of the defensive mindset of prey. We must intuitively identify risks and quickly determine the appropriate courses of action, responding without vacillation to extremely stressful and dangerous circumstances. A good heuristic decision is the result of recognizing what you are looking for, knowing when enough facts are enough and having the absolute confidence to make the best decision possible to quickly eliminate the threat.
As a Street Fighter your self-esteem is who you believe you are. It prescribes your fortitude as to your capacity to perform certain tasks. How you believe in yourself stems from your self-esteem generating either a positive or negative emotional state.
Your emotional state is how you feel emotionally while responding to a critical incident. You must get rid of all negative emotional triggers and instead put together a positive emotional state to be confident you are in control. Even if you are tense or edgy, do not confuse this with negativity for many Street Fighters perform extraordinarily well when they are tense or nervous. Through training and self-imagery, you can convince yourself that you are performing at your peak while you are nervous but still in control of your feelings.
If a Street Fighter has poor self-esteem attributable to past defeats or to an inability to "fail fast" you must not penalize yourself by demanding impossible high standards of faultiness. If you do you are setting yourself up for failure. We are all human, mistakes happen, get over it, move forward and develop solutions to your screw ups.
Street Fighters must learn mental toughness to control their emotions. Remember the only person you cannot bull shit is yourself. Accept you may have an occasional relapse as you attempt to work through some of the negatives in your life. Failure motivates allowing greater successes; therefore, change your self-talk from negative to positive.
Mental toughness is primarily made up of self-confidence. Visualize yourself as always winning by "staying in the fight."
If you don't know what to expect in a violent encounter, you are plainly unprepared to cope. Therefore, expectation is the key element. If you cannot cope with an active shooter, you will be overwhelmed by an onerous mental and physical collapse. Faulty training that fails to prepare us to effectively respond to aggression may cripple our self-confidence and ability to cope.
In times of peril the Street Fighter becomes a beacon of valor. Courage results from pushing past your fears. You are getting shot at, you know you have to break from cover to return effective fire; that is courage. Street Fighters push past their fears to complete the task. They don't quit because they are confronted by danger. They never stop moving forward, digging deep inside themselves to find stamina and guts because their buddies are relying on them.
Street Fighters must be able to make life and death decisions without hesitation. Stress is most often self-induced. Worry will not keep you alive, it will get you killed. Street Fighters do not capitulate to fear, but remain staunch and resolute in the face of death. In a gun battle Street Fighters learn that the combination of adrenaline and supper human effort leaves no psychic capacity for fear.
Elan is the capacity to engage personal honor and moral strength under fire. Pseudo LEOs, who thought they could close the distance and face into the gunfire, find themselves freezing or lacking the will to get their mind and body to perform aggressively. Some may still cut and run, abandoning their teammates. From the Spartan King Leonidas we learned from his experience in battle, gallantry and valor tells all: "When the screaming starts and blood flows freely in the night, it is Elan that will see the dawn."
It doesn't take a hero to order men into battle. It does take a hero to be one of the men who goes into battle encouraging his men to, "Follow Me."
Street Fighters learn how to control fear, to put timidity in the back of their mind, to direct attention to the current problem at hand, to face whatever peril lies ahead. When confronting an active shooter, the Street Fighter's last resort lies solely in asymmetrical tactics: audacity, fearlessly staying on the offensive, stealth, using surprise and deception as force multipliers. Above all, maintaining cold blooded control by pissing ice water.
While under fire, Street Fighters must intuitively remember geometric angles and how angles create both perils and benefits. Street Fighters understand there are two sorts of angles: angles of attack and angles of exposure. An angle of attack is an angle of ground that is covered by either our muzzle or a buddy's muzzle. An angle of exposure is an angle from which our opponent can assault us. These two types of angles are pervasive in every tactical situation we may encounter: however, if we are under fire from an active shooter in a confined space, angles become obviously more consequential because they restrict our reaction time to respond to an immediate threat. Having an eyeball on the active shooter can make the difference to your living or dying.
You Freeze. You are ensconced behind a substantial piece of cover: an inferno of explosions, smoke, bloodcurdling screams and a fusillade of whizzing 7.62x39 bullets fired by the active shooter buzz close by your head. Your teammates are depending on you to return accurate fire. You know by exposing yourself there is a good chance the next burst of fire will punch your ticket to Valhalla. As you start to roll around cover a snapshot of your loved ones flashes into your brain housing group. You Freeze.
The Street Fighter must delete this picture. Think of your mind as an old, out of date slide projector. You must insert a fresh slide into your thought process, a completely different image
In the Seventh volume of the Hebrew Bible, the Book of Judges: "He should place his soul in his hands, and not fear or worry, or think about his wife or children. Instead, he should erase their memory from his mind and focus completely on the battle."
When you are frightened you are substituting a negative into your brain bucket. Not good. Suck it up, roll out from behind cover, acquire a sight picture and get on the trigger.
Confronting an active shooter, there is only one rule for survival. One rule, which sometimes means the difference between walking away and being carried away. One rule, which goes deeply into combat strategy: don't stop hitting until they are incapable of hitting you. Gunfights are fast paced, and slow thinkers pay with their lives. You must still that inner voice that fills your mind with doubts and visions of impending death.
In a gunbattle our real enemy is fear and not the bullet. When our mind is gripped by fear our body is captured by inertia which is fears Siamese twin.
When the Street Fighter arrives at the scene of an active shooter he must immediately become proactive. He must position his teammates so as to apply sufficient pressure on the predator to change his goal from killing to self-preservation and from self-preservation to retreat or suicide.
The tactics employed by Street Fighters are not for our personal safety but to allow us to get as many gun muzzles on the threat in the fastest time possible. Pressure on the killer is placed by accurate gunfire, team movement, shutting down of escape routes and channeling his escape into pre-established kill boxes. The LEOs mission is to locate and terminate the threat, not allowing him to continue killing. It is not to deescalate and negotiate.
Gunfighting is about simplicity, speed and accuracy. The more you overcomplicate things, the more room you leave for mistakes. If you make a mistake in a gunbattle it could be the last mistake you make in your life.
It is necessary we stand for other people. Life is not always about us for it is our responsibility to protect and defend those who cannot help and defend themselves; this is the foundation to becoming a Street Fighter. We train arduously so we can better serve. How good does a Street Fighter have to be? You can never be good enough.
The Street Fighter has the capacity to overcome hurt, tiredness and injury with an iron will when he is in the race to stop by use of deadly force the goal of an active shooter, which is to rack up the highest body count. While braving gunfire, facing ruthless conditions, the Street Fighter's attitude is all that stands between life and death. Street Fighters choose duty over safety, love of country over the easy life, honor over complacency, and commitment to a principal over their own security. Street Fighters possess a single-minded clarity of purpose. God and Country.
"When it comes your time to die, be not like those whose hearts are filled with the fear of death, so that when their time comes, they weep and pray for a little more time to live their lives over again in a different way. Sing your death song and die like a hero going home."... Tecumseh
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