Mrgunsngear on Instagram has posted a helluva question—I’ll rephrase it a bit to expand on the premise, “Are you really ready to confront a mass shooter… an armed, determined individual who is intent on committing mass murder and most likely looking to die anyway?” The answer is anything but simple.
A question such as this is often met with a lot of bravado and responses such as “That’s why I carry!” And to the point, carrying a firearm is a great first step, but the question remains, “Are you ready to confront a shooter?”
There are those with experience in combat, or LEOs on the street who have taken hostile fire or fired on others in the line of duty. Most would agree that they have a particular experience and have proven that they can pull the trigger on another human being, “but are they ready to confront a shooter?”
The question is much more complex than it reads at first. In your CCW class, time in the sandbox, or as a LEO in the field, which of you had your young children along? When a shooter starts on a killing spree, are you going to hunker down and protect your child? Bravely rush toward the gunfire with a child in tow? Leave your child behind, maybe with a stranger, while you try to save others by rushing toward the gunman? If so, and you are injured or killed, what will your child go through?
How many other civilians or officers out of uniform are going to be confronting the bad guy? How will you separate the good guys from the bad? How will they know you are a good guy and not an additional “bad guy?” What if the police roll up and all they see is you standing there pumping rounds into the some random guy? Are you prepared for law enforcement’s reaction? What about a different armed civilian who comes around the corner and sees you shooting? Will they know you are the good guy?
The latest idiot in Texas was carrying a WASR 10. Yesterday, in Dayton Ohio, the bozo was wearing body armor and shooting some type of .223 semi-auto. Are you ready for these types of threats? How will your carry gun compare? How well versed are you in soft or hard cover? Will you do more good by rushing a bad guy and taking him out of the fight before he can do more damage, or by protecting a group of innocents, rendering aid, and being prepared to handle the threat should it come to you?
Beyond a gun, what do you have in the way of materials or training to give first aid to a nearby stranger or—heaven forbid—a loved one? Are you prepared to render first aid to yourself??? Trust me, it is much different to treat your own wounds—especially while in shock—than to come to the aid of another while you are shaken from a crisis situation, but uninjured.
There are few right answers and a lot of wrong ones. In the end, only you can answer the questions. However, you have to be honest in your assessment and work to actively and continually to improve your training, skills, and situational awareness.
Are you ready to confront a mass shooter? Share your answer to that question and others posed in this article in the comment section.
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