Virginia Tech shootings
Tue Apr 17, 2007 14:00

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Subject: [apfn-1] Virginia Tech shootings
Date: Tue, 17 Apr 2007 06:31:39 -0500
From: Jon Roland
Organization: Constitution Society
To: LPTexas

It has been suggested that the only way to have prevented the Virginia Tech tragedy would have been for some of the students and instructors to have been armed. However, in most cases, even those who own firearms aren't going to have them with them. It is simply not practical to carry everywhere and all the time.

I used to teach self-defense, including for situations such as these, in which the only remedy is for as many as possible of those present to swarm the shooter(s). That is exactly the opposite of what it is instinctive for most people to do, and the shooter counts on that. But even though each swarmer may increase his risk of being shot, he also increases the odds of stopping the shooter before more are shot.

It can help to lead the swarming with flying objects. For example, heavy plates, thrown like a discus, make excellent weapons, that can distract the shooter long enough to reach him. I taught my students to be constantly aware of common objects that can be used as weapons in an emergency.

We need to teach people my Rule for Dealing with Armed Threats: When in doubt, attack, attack, attack.

-- Jon

Constitution Society 7793 Burnet Road #37, Austin, TX 78757

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