While that’s something we should keep an eye on, I’m not too worried about it.
I’ve talked to some folks with relevant experience about these things who have told me that what we hear probably isn’t on the up and up.
I’m not surprised.
Why would we get the whole story now? We generally don’t with anything else.
Then there’s the usual rumors of false flag operations and other conspiracy theories. Some totally out there, and some plausible. But again, not super relevant.
What I want to talk about is what the heck to do if you’re ever in a similar situation.
Now the obvious basic answer is be armed, and be trained. But that should be the case anyways. No, I’m not interested in discussing tactical options or how to respond to specific scenarios.
Let’s talk about mindset.
Something that’s particularly concerning is a natural tendency I have, which many of you probably share, and that’s to help people.
Couple that with the fact that I’m armed pretty much everywhere I go, and you have a problem that may not immediately seem like one.
Despite that natural tendency to want to help, it’s actually more important to get the heck out of there.
Like any good gun owner, I’ve had a fair amount of training. I’m reasonably confident in my abilities in that area. But there’s no guarantees. Ever.
So that means that even if I’m armed and able to take on the threat, if that threat isn’t immediately directed towards me, then I need to get my family out of there, post haste. And even if I’m alone, if I can get out without confrontation, then it’s my responsibility to do so.
And honestly, I have a hard time with that. But I’m responsible for all of my kids and my wife and their well-being. And that means getting out or getting safe. If they’re with me, then it means nobody gets to them unless they go through me.
I don’t know how I’d sleep at night if I ever had to bail out on something like that without doing whatever I could to stop it.
But it’s better than leaving my wife a widow and my kids fatherless.
There’s lots of talk from armchair quarterbacks on the Internet about how they’d go active and stop the threat, or whatever. But at the end of the day, my tribe is simply more important than that.
Deciding to actively engage a shooter if you aren’t forced to in order to protect you or yours is a big choice. In most areas it’s legal to do so if you’re assisting someone else. But there are huge risks that come with that, and you have to make that call with your head, not your ego.
That doesn’t mean run from everything, but it means knowing ahead of time when you will, or when you won’t engage. And if you engage, do it without hesitation with as much violence as you can muster to stop the threat.
There’s a fine line between my responsibilities as a man and a father and being Mr. Macho. And we each need to decide beforehand where that line is.
Where’s your line?