Many of us in LE have been saying it to anyone that will listen that IT is going to happen. We are trying to get our co-workers and bosses to listen, usually just banging our heads against the wall. The bad guys don't care though.
If you are LE, DARC's LECTC must be part of your training plan.
Carry a gun 24/7, not a sub-compact but a gun. If you have a badge, carry the biggest darn pistol you can - duty gun - and be ready to fight with it. Remember, it's only a secondary weapon until its your primary. If you can't carry a gun into the place, then don't go. Vote with your wallet. Gun free zones are nothing but shooting gallery's.
Flashlight and the knowledge of how to use your handheld light with your pistol. More than just the shooting portion, but the bad situation avoidance that situational awareness gives you. I use a flashlight to look at stuff all the time.
Med kit. TQ at minimum. Knowledge of how to improvise the rest if need be.
A rifle can be close by at all times, if you want it to.
It's a lifestyle. Be a warrior.
This is some commentary a few guys in the industry had for the picture of the shooting gallery that the gun free concert hall was in gun free Paris:
This picture was shared with commentary from some Facebook friends in the Tac Gear industry.
"Look at this picture.
You will not love this away. You will not pray this away. You will not hope this away.
These people, by their culture, want to kill you for being you. They want to enslave your wife. They want to murder your children.
I get it; not all Muslims are terrorists. The vast majority of Muslims are good, decent people, but it is WAY past time we truly acknowledge and own the fact that the radical fringe of Islam wants to murder and/or enslave every human being that is not them. That includes you.
There is someone out there right now that is training to kill you. There is someone out there right now that is relishing in the thought of your brutal murder. Are you prepared for that day when the reaper comes? Will you play dead on the floor as many did hoping that it is not yet your time or will you fight with everything you have against what amounts to pure evil?
Are you ready?" - SH
"DO NOT LOOK AWAY.
I wasn't going to circulate this image for many reasons, but XXXXX wrote a very relevant comment and if he and I were bar-side, this would be my take:
I'm not a prepper, I'm not a truther. I take my life experience and try and maintain a realistic view of what can and can't happen. I am trained to think and plan worst case (not always act)
This just happened in a modern developed country. The killing fields don't just happen third world anymore.
For those who have never experienced a mass casualty situation. Drink this image in.
Imagine yourself enjoying an evening to remember with your loved one in let's say a downtown area. You are focused on the now, selfies galore. The thought of something bad happening doesn't even enter your mind.
Then... It happens. All hell breaks loose. An explosion, screams, gunfire, chaos, confusion.
Men enter, indiscriminately chopping down whoever is in their path. Their eyes are empty, but say everything. Pure unfiltered hatred seeded at their very core.
For those that don't know how this works, it's horrific beyond words.
You are no longer priority one. You will become a number.
Time will tic as first responders and law enforcement try to fight their way in. Fighting in a way they are not used to. They will do what they can with what they have against men who have been training for this very moment. Responders will diligently try to advance and put this threat down on your behalf, trying not to die in the process.
They may not have the armor, the tactics, or the armament, as that was last years argument. But they will advance.
Meanwhile you or your loved ones are scared, confused, possibly bleeding out as your short life flashes through your head.
Finally the threats are down, killed and wounded unknown. All you can make out are responders shouting, dragging people, trauma bags coming in, severely wounded coming out.
They are forced to play God, making split second assessments on who can be saved with limited supply.
You need care and your best friend, spouse or children need care as you do what you can to stop their bleeding.
You are your priority, but no one else's in the time you need it most.
It's the greatest good for the greatest number.