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Think – Because Survival Isn't a Sport


I just received a call from a long-time friend who affirms himself an ardent pacifist. He has lived in relative wealth all his life and lives in a manner where he has never been faced with any criminal violence that those around him don’t step in and deal with for him. He believes all violence regardless of cause is the action of lower worth beings not dignifying a response. He pointed to a sign he had seen on the news as an example of humans who were animals. It was found on a door leading out of India Company’s Combat Operations Center says, ‘Have a Plan to Kill Everyone You Meet.’ “This is why militaries should be abolished!” he proclaimed. Well there was a brief discussion in which I tried to demonstrate the fallacy of his blathering.

 I pointed out that that is exactly what I teach my clients. I believe that since criminal attacks seek out the nearest available target for victimization, we should always prepare to protect ourselves and our families. I pointed out that we did not have criminals, rapists and murderers wearing a bright orange jumpsuit and sign saying “I intend to cause you physical trauma or death” that we could not know who was a psychotic killer or gangland thug. After all how many of the people who met Ted Bundy thought of him as charming and witty, before they knew him as the serial killer he was. I pointed out that India Company was in a COMBAT ZONE. This means operating where the possibility of someone trying to kill you was a guarantee, not a random act committed by one criminal, but a concerted effort by a sworn enemy.

 I pointed out that the military was what kept us free. Not speech writers, the ever-fraudulent theorists of the acid-induced 60’s ACLU (yes I know they were actually started in the 1920’s by Eastman and Baldwin for use by the Communist Political Association, under the helm of Browder and functioning as, in his words, “a transmission belt” for the CPA), campus activists trying to figure out, in their MTV induced angst, a cause that might validate mom or dad paying for education that included beer bong parties and electric Jello shots, the ardent supporters of increased government dependence on entitlements, or those who wish to take the right of self-protection away from individuals.  The guy willing to stand a post and leave his family to risk his life or take anothers life is what guaranteed his right to the freedoms guaranteed by our Constitution.  By the way, lawyers don’t guarantee anything other than billing hours for those of you who think our overly litigious society keeps things in line. And let’s not kid ourselves, while we often proclaim America is at war with terrorism, the reality is we have made virtually no sacrifice at home and so our military is at war (governed, sadly, by a man who has proclaimed in one of his autobiographies, he would side with the Muslims who attack us if it got nasty); America is largely at the mall.

 You see our Constitution is really where the idea of having a plan to kill everyone you meet comes from. It doesn’t mean “pray for the chance to kill”, or “plot the murder of”. It simply means that in a world where violence can happen randomly, you better plan with your eyes wide open, and when you see the bad guys get to the place where you see the whites of their eyes and take action to stop them. The reason for the Constitution having this underpinning is found in the Declaration of Independence where the colonists acted when the tyranny of the British was finally too heavy a yoke for them to bear.

 When you go out in the world, this translates into situational awareness. Many of the victims of mall shootings, school shootings, robberies, rapes, assaults, and other murders did not have a plan. They did not have a plan and thus did not know where exits were located, they did not think about what it takes to survive and defeat a criminal and so they chose through lack of situational awareness and mental preparation to poise them in a position that dictated they become a victim.

 Now please don’t protest that I am making this their fault, I am not. The fact of the matter is that the random nature of violence makes it impossible to prevent entirely. What I am saying is that with a little forethought, like the mindset the heroes of India Company encourage in their sign, many of the people who were made victims by the criminals might have survived and put the criminals on the ground instead. Learning to see places that present an opportunity to act in a proactive manner and to “be prepared” present themselves every where we go. Just as criminals can attack anywhere at anytime, if we are mentally prepared to act against them the playing grounds are even and good can win because this time the good people had a “plan to kill everyone they meet.” Only when this happens can we live in a society where proper social interaction can occur without discord or fear as the governing rule.


I have been away from writing for awhile now, taking some time to get to know my new daughter as she has just come into the world to meet her wonderful big sister.

Lt Col. Dave Grossman has written numerous books on the topic of survival mindset and the psychological realities killing from both the military/law enforcement realm as well as the civilian setting of criminal/terrorist violence. He very astutely developed the “social classification” of personality types that humans tend to fit into. To paraphrase his work (I strongly suggest you read his material as it is authoritative and well researched), there are; the wolves – criminals and terrorists with no moral compunction about using violence to get what they want and who comprise a small minority of the population but who have huge influence because of their willingness to use violence; the sheep – the people who do not know how to use violence or are remiss to do so because of moral concerns and look to others to save them or accept subjugation rather than risk fighting, forming the majority of society; and the sheepdog – those who are proficient in the use of violence and will not hesitate to use it – but only use it on the wolves to defend the sheep.

Now this is where the psychology gets interesting. The wolves look for the path of least resistance to gain their bounties and thus the sheep who are infirm and unable to protect themselves along with the timid sheep who would rather be put upon than stand up to protect themselves are the prime targets. These sheep try to justify why the wolves think like they do, trying to fit the social conditioning they cling to into the frame of behavior the wolves display in their asocial minds. The sheep try to mollify the wolves, and in so doing empower the wolves and embrace their own servitude, all the while protesting the presence of the sheepdogs, whose actions will defeat the wolves because they use the same tools as the wolves employ. The sheep only like the sheepdogs when they fear for their lives and need someone to act against the wolves rather than simply talk about acting or try to explain away the wolves’ actions.

So it is in the field of educational safety concerning the issue of asocial violence in school settings. Columbine, Virginia Tech, and too many other school shootings, knifings and other attacks have paralyzed the educational community because they cannot effectively stop the violence using the cry to the sheepdog since most of the violence is done before and effective response can reasonably be expected. They can’t talk to the wolves and make nice because the wolves just want to kill them, and they don’t know how to act with any sense of individual proactive response since they have never trained or admitted the need for such training. Inside the school populations themselves, zero tolerance policies just force those who would defend themselves into accepting victimhood, the wolves don’t play by social rules so we simply provide train the wolves to use violence against what is typically a very compliant group of targets.

We have seen gun control pushes, cameras and all other manner of bromides pushed but the bottom line is until our educators mandate cost-effective tactical training like the TEACHSAFE™ program to give teachers and students hiding in place a chance to defend the classroom, we will have ever mounting body counts in our educational workplace. We, both members public and educators, should insist that, however unpleasant the idea of responding to asocial violence in schools may be for our teachers and administrators, they must learn the essentials of defending the classroom and other designated safe rooms in a school in order to provide stop gap protection until the threat is over. Only when we face this issue head on will we overcome the paralysis that fear and ignorance have created in our emergency violence response training as it now stands.