Terrorists and Cops

Militarization of the Police copyAs extremist violence proliferates around the globe, it will be local law enforcement who directly confronts the threat in this country.  The coordinated attacks on civilians in Paris last Friday by eight terrorists wielding AK-47’s and suicide bombs could well have been perpetrated in any of our cities right here in the USA.  Are you prepared to be the badge on ground zero when it goes down?

While law enforcement has been criticized for “militarization,” those same armored vehicles, tactical equipment, and rifles, are exactly what we need to counter threats like the Parisian terrorists, the Boston Marathon bombers, the Washington Navy Yard shooter, the DC Sniper, the North Hollywood bank robbers, and a host of other nightmares.

It is an increasingly complicated environment in which we operate, where our society now expects measured police responses to dynamic and dangerous situations without the benefit of a layman’s media-influenced hindsight.  Let’s face it, many of today’s cops are more hesitant to use force than any time in recent memory.

My advice to the guys is to practice with your long gun and seek out training in tactics for indoor and outdoor exigencies.  Always have plenty of water and ammunition available in your cruiser.  Wear your tourniquet and know how to use it.  Add some Celox gauze or QuikClot to your daily load-out.  Talk with your partners about what you would do in various emergencies.

Unfortunate as it is, extreme violence can only be handled by a surgical answer of a similar magnitude.  Terrorist murderers, or even criminal murderers, in the very act of killing must be met by professionals who are properly equipped and trained to visit death upon them. Protecting civilization can be an unpleasant but necessary business.  I hope we can accomplish the mission.

Randall

 

 

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7 Responses to Terrorists and Cops

  1. Tony C says:

    Great advice and also food for thought. Failure to plan is planning to fail in my book!

  2. greg says:

    LEO’s are the Bodyguards of society. We are all endangered by the bleeding hearts who fail to understand how quickly these extreme situations can develop and the risks to all involved.
    Thank you for your service…

  3. Chris Sawyer says:

    Topped it. Put the hammer on the nail head. The military are at least a day behind the initial response, so how are we left to defend our own areas without the right equipment.

  4. Greg says:

    Hello to all the LEO’s out there, I thank You for your Service !!! The difference between LEO’s and Marines is that Marines try and save lives, usually by superior fire power 😉 But both seek to SERVE and PROTECT; LEO’s do it “to try and make a difference”, Marines do it for free food calories !!!:)
    LEO’s are the boy guards of society as i have said before…
    NOW about me i am an RN-Paramedic and i love LEO’s since you do such an incredible job for society, most people are not appreciate but i always think of what our communities would be like without some sense of law and order, anyways u get the idea…
    So now you know i have no shooting credentials at all, but here is my opinion as an “arm chair commando”…
    If someone is on patrol in their vehicle with a long gun, well more power to you. Having a long gun in a gun fight is like taking a chain saw to a knife fight, simply a long gun has far superior ergonomics compared to a pistol in accuracy. Same as a chain saw would have some advantages over a knife if used sensibly…
    So let us consider your only carrying a service pistol and are out in the middle of a space without more resources available. An active shooter situation occurs; well given America has 350 million people the chances are almost zero, but consider yourself unlucky…
    Sure you can try and be the hero with your pistol; but reality says anyone who is going to use a long gun in public knows something about how to use it…
    My opinion is never seek to “take the bad guy down” seek to contain them. Seek cover and use your limited rounds to advantage to buy time. Imagine you have two dozen rounds at best you need to seek cover and minimize casualties. If you try and eliminate the threat you will most likely become another statistic.
    Sure you are well drilled in shooting but chances are your outgunned by the bad guy in firepower or firearms proficiency.
    Obviously every situation is different but if you can seek to contain the situation someone else will summon assistance for you; hopefully sooner than later. But there is no use getting taken down yourself and allowing the shooter to continue their evil activities…
    Be assured once you shoot you have only one objective, that is keeping yourself alive until the cavalry arrives. That is ten minutes or more, so you need to plan how to stay alive with 24 bullets.
    This is only my opinion and that is from an arm chair commando who once served a bit a long time ago. But reality says you will never find yourself in an active shooter situation and if you do you will be outclassed by number of enemy or firepower or preparations.
    Sure you can imagine getting the drop on the shooter; but I always hope for the best and plan for the worst.
    You have 7 rounds and have been identified and know your closest help is 9 minutes away? You should plan on how to minimize the shooters rampage and stay alive for your bravery medal from the Governor whom you would never meet otherwise…
    Just my two cents worth, you cannot save everyone; think if you never arrived how much worse the toll might have been; six bodies is always better than 16. So use your training to focus on containment instead of neutralization; IMHO (in my humble opinion)…
    Love you all LEO’s, thank you for your Service; the body guards of society…

  5. Greg says:

    I am thinking of something so i must post it…
    A Police Officer, she is 47 years old; 17 years service, 12 in this community of 700 people. Attractive; most available guys would not say NO! to any pick up line from her. She services each shift with only her duty belt; no long gun available. When she gets a call routine backup is 35 mins away, emergency backup is never less than 20 minutes.
    These 700 people are known for their isolation, hard work ethics, drugs, alcohol and mental illnesses…
    Its a crappy deal but she must face whatever society or mother nature throws her way; i thank her for her service. I was thinking of her so had to post it here…

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