News outlets are reporting another attack on a place of worship, this time at a church in White Settlement, Texas, near Fort Worth. In this instance, two congregants were killed before the threat was abolished by armed volunteer members of the church’s security team.
As time goes on, more heinous acts of violence are occurring in what should be sanctuaries for the faithful. There is no place where crowds gather that is immune to the bad intentions of a disgruntled, deranged, or politically-motivated individual.
In the case of the shooting at White Settlement, Texas, a security detail of volunteers was able to end the incident quickly. This was because the folks in the Texas town of 17,000 realized the importance of instilling a culture of situational awareness in our citizenry.
(Aside: Originally put forth by a fighter pilot as a strategy in aerial dogfights, situational awareness has real practical significance in staying safe in uncertain times)
Situational awareness is a state of calm, relaxed observation of factors that might indicate a threat or a need to act. These are called “anomalies”; learning to recognize them can identify suspicious individuals and save lives. It certainly did in the recent incident.
(Learn more about situational awareness in this article)
Unlike the church in Texas, not all congregations prioritize church safety at the level needed in this toxic climate. The premise that a ministry is based on peace fails to take into account that there are those who consider places of worship to be “soft”targets. In this era of active shooters and anti-Christian feeling (or anti-religious feeling in general), pastors must make sure their flock is safe, just like any shepherd. In the New Normal, it’s has become part of the job description.
In my role as medical preparedness writer, it’s my mission to help the average citizen promote the well-being of loved ones in disasters. I’ve written about hurricanes and earthquakes, but shooter events like the one in White Settlement are also instances where mass casualties can occur. As in the recent shooting, these casualties could be minimized with a plan of action.
Large churches may choose to hire security professionals and install video surveillance technology. Smaller and less affluent churches, however, might benefit by establishing what I call a “safety ministry“. This group should be comprised of parishioners who have some security experience, such as active and former law enforcement, military veterans, and carefully selected others. Members should evaluate the layout of the church and grounds for weak spots and organize a plan of action for calling 911 and other measures when needed…
El Paso, Texas. El Paso, Texas is right across the Mexican border and the town of Ciudad Juárez. I have visited both. Ciudad Juárez is one of the most violent cities in the entire Northern hemisphere. In El Paso, 21-year-old Patrick Crusius, who is a white nationalist terrorist, attacked a Walmart Supercenter near the Cielo Vista Mall. Patrick Crusius used Wassenaar Arrangement Semi-automatic Rifles (WASR-10), AK-47 style civilian rifles. The civilian version is strictly semi-automatic; one trigger pull, one bullet. Just like nearly every gun in America. He had standard-size magazines (30 rounds). For some strange reason, he was wearing ear protection. Patrick Crusius murdered 20 random people and wounded 26 others in about 20 minutes. About half of those are still in the hospital. Patrick Crusius surrendered to cops.
We call Patrick Crusius a white nationalist terrorist because he left a manifesto titled The Inconvenient Truth. I have read the manifesto but have decided not to publish it. It has nothing significantly new to say. He said the Christchurch mosque shooter Brenton Tarrant inspired him. Patrick Crusius’ primary thread in his manifesto is that uncontrolled migration to America by mostly Hispanics, who vote for the Democratic Party 70% of the time, will pull the entire nation into a one-party domination like we have in California. He faults the Democratic Party for encouraging this, and he blames the Republican Party, mainly Republican business interests, for doing nothing to stop this. Thus Patrick Crusius felt his only response is violence. He said, “…America is rotting from the inside out, and peaceful means to stop this seem to be nearly impossible. The inconvenient truth is that our leaders, both Democrat AND Republican, have been failing us for decades.”…
Dayton Ohio. The Dayton, Ohio, shooter is 24-year-old Connor Betts of Bellbrook, Ohio, law enforcement officials told CBS News, and a law enforcement official confirmed this with The Daily Beast. Dayton, Ohio, is near the massive Wright-Patterson Air Force Base. I have also visited this city. He killed nine people and wounded 26 more. The shooting happened outside of a country bar known as Ned Peppers Bar, a popular nightclub, located at, 419 E 5th St, in Dayton, OH, in the city’s Oregon Historic District. There are reports that he was killed trying to enter Ned Peppers country Bar. In general, White Nationalists do not go to where White people hang out and shoot up the place. They tend to go to synagogues, Sikh temples and Black baptist churches.
It is being reported and celebrated on the dark corners of the Internet that of the nine people murdered, six were black, three white, including his sister. Since the shooting happened so fast, it is unknown if he was aiming for black men and women, or they just happened to be the first people he encountered. The Dayton Police Chief says he “does not believe it was racially motivated.” I do. I think he was trying to kill white people. He was a registered Democrat and worked at Chipotle. At this time he appears to be an Antifa-supporting far left extremist. This has all the markings of a “tit-for-tat” response to El Paso by the satanic Left…
Combat Studies Group has an article up about how to improve your pistolcraft.
Between the rifle and the pistol, I will generally spend more training time on the pistol. There are a couple reasons for this…
1) All things being equal, it takes more skill to be consistently accurate with a pistol than with a rifle – the rifle having the benefit of a longer sight radius (or optics) and the inherent stability that comes with a stocked firearm. (Not to mention the weight-to-trigger pull ratio disparity with a pistol).
2) Unless you are a rifleman deployed on the battlefield, you are going to spend the lion’s share of your time armed with a pistol. Walking through the local supermarket with a rifle slung across your chest tends to get the locals excited.
3) Pistols fire a relatively weak projectile compared to rifles in general and thusly, may require more follow-on hits to get the job done; making recoil management, sight tracking and reload skills a must.
Here are some of the key training factors I always try to hit on every time I train: