Armed Citizen Response to the Terrorist Bomber

Written by Greg Ellifritz

*Editors note:  I’m reposting this one in response to the terrorist bombings in Belgium today.  It’s important for folks to have a plan to deal with the future suicide bombing attacks we will likely see here in the USA.  Pay attention.

– Greg

Terrorists worldwide use bombs as their weapons of choice.  Occasionally, these bombs will be supplemented by sniper fire, grenades, or active shooters but it’s the bombs that get media attention.  Many of my readers have been to numerous shooting schools and have trained in martial arts for years.  How many of you have ever taken a bomb class?  While this article isn’t a substitute for formal training, it will give you some tips that may prevent you from being blown up should you happen to be caught in the middle of a suicide or homicide bombing.

I will be referencing some of the most recent “western” terrorist bombings of civilian targets…the Moscow airport …   Read article Here


10 Tips for Surviving a Terrorist Vehicle Attack

Written by: Greg Ellifritz

In the event you missed it, there was an ISIS terrorist vehicle ramming attack in London last Saturday night.

This attack followed another ISIS vehicle attack on a second bridge in London, as well as previous Islamic vehicle terror attacks in France, Canada, Israel, and Germany.  The United States has not been immune from such attacks either.  In fact, one of the first Islamic terrorist vehicle attacks occurred in North Carolina in 2006.  Another occurred last year on the campus of the Ohio State University.

Why all the vehicle attacks?  The ISIS propaganda publication Rumiyah has specifically called for Muslim terrorists to use vehicles and knives as weapons against the Western world.

“The latest issue of Rumiyah, a new magazine from the terror group aimed at English-language speakers, included an article titled “Just Terror Tactics” that outlined ideal vehicles to use in terror attacks as well as ideal targets.

“Though being an essential part of modern life, very few actually comprehend the deadly and destructive capability of the motor vehicle and its capacity of reaping large numbers of casualties if used in a premeditated manner,” the article said.

The article also cited the attack in Nice, France, in July, in which a supposed ISIS supporter killed 86 people by plowing into a crowd with a truck on Bastille Day.

“Vehicles are like knives, as they are extremely easy to acquire,” the article said.”

Read the rest of the article here

Discussion About Terrorist Vehicle Attacks

“Most people’s best option is to duck and dodge and not get hit, wait for the vehicle to stop, and then take action if they plan on using their firearms.” — Greg Ellifritz

Vehicular terrorist attacks are becoming more prevalent and they don’t seem to be going away anytime soon. Joining Ballistic Radio to talk about these types of attacks is Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training. Greg discusses vehicular attacks, how they are carried out and the kids of responses that are most and least likely to be effective against them. Greg discusses how bullets work against moving vehicles, the kinds of training that an armed citizens should be seeking, what we should be concerned about if bombs are present, and what trends we might see in the future as terrorists learn from previous assaults. He also goes over the sights and sounds to be aware of that might alert you to an imminent attack.

Don’t leave yourself vulnerable to these types of attacks. Listen and learn!

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 NOTE presentation starts at approx 2:50 on the podcast

Strategies for Preventing Terrorist Vehicle Attacks

Strategies for Preventing Terrorist Vehicle Attacks

With the rapidly increasing frequency of terrorist vehicle ramming attacks, I believe it would be prudent for the police departments across the country to improve security at all large public events that are vulnerable to vehicular traffic.  Unfortunately, not many agencies are doing anything to improve the security of their residents. …

What about the majority of you folks reading who aren’t cops? Why do you need this information?

You should be doing an evaluation of the security practices at the next large outdoor event you attend….

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Warning Shots

Self-Defense: Are Warning Shots a Good Idea?

By Massad Ayoob December 17, 2014

Is it ever a good idea to fire warning shots in self-defense?

Warning shots have long been prohibited by most American police departments. Massad Ayoob spells out 10 good reasons why.

The “Warning Shots Are a Good Idea” Myth

You know a myth is widespread when it emanates from the White House. In 2013 while campaigning for a ban on so-called “assault rifles,” Vice-President Joseph Biden told the public he had advised his wife that if there was a home invasion, she was to take a double barrel shotgun and fire both barrels upwards. One can only imagine how the Secret Service Vice-Presidential detail felt when they heard that. I can tell you that across the nation lawyers, cops, and gun-wise people rolled their eyes and shook their heads.

Here are 10 reasons why firing a warning shot is not a good idea.

  1. What goes up, must come down. The stereotyped warning shot is fired skyward. Shooting live ammunition into the sky is a practice normally associated with Third World countries where respect for human life is not as great as in the United States. There are many cases on record where such bullets “fell from the sky” and killed innocent people. In one New England case, a man carelessly fired a warning shot upward in the state’s largest city; the bullet struck and killed an innocent bystander who was on the upper porch of a tenement building.
  2. To fire the warning shot safely, the shooter would have to aim it into something that could safely absorb the projectile. This would force the shooter to take his eyes off of the potentially dangerous criminal opponent he was trying to intimidate – always a poor idea tactically.
  3. What appears to be a safe place to plant the warning bullet, may not be. I know a police officer who, trying to break up a riot, fired a warning shot from his 12 gauge shotgun downward from the upper floor walkway of a hotel into what appeared in the dark to be a soft patch of earth. It was, instead, darkened pavement. Double-ought buckshot pellets caromed off the hard surface, one striking a young woman in the eye.
  4. Suppose the person who caused you to fire the warning shot runs around a corner. Another gunshot rings out; someone else has shot the man, in a moment when deadly force was not warranted. The bullet goes through and through, fatally, and is not recovered. The man who wrongfully shot him claims that he fired the warning shot, and it was your bullet that caused the wrongful death. It’s your word against his…unless you can say, “Officer, you’ll find the bullet from MY gun in the friendly oak tree right over there.” But it would have been better in these circumstances if you had not fired at all.
  5. Warning shots can lead to misunderstandings with deadly unintended consequences. Years ago in the Great Lakes area, two police officers were searching opposite ends of a commercial greenhouse where a burglar alarm had just gone off. One confronted the burglar, who ran. The officer raised his arm skyward for the traditional silver screen warning shot. As is often the case, the blast just made the suspect run faster. On the other end of the building, the brother officer heard the shot and shouted to his partner, asking if he was all right. But the powerful handgun had gone off so close to the first officer’s unprotected ear that his ears were ringing, and he didn’t hear the shout. The second officer then saw the suspect running. Concluding that the man must have killed the partner who didn’t answer, that second officer shot and killed a man who was guilty only of burglary and running from the police.
  6. A single gunshot sounds to earwitnesses (and, depending on the circumstances, even eyewitnesses) as if you tried to kill a man you were only trying to warn. Did you yell the standard movie line, “Stop or I’ll shoot”? It could sound to an earwitness as if you threatened to kill a man for not obeying you, and then tried to do exactly that. Don’t make threats you don’t have a right to carry out, and as will be noted elsewhere in this book, the confluence of circumstances that warrants the shooting of a fleeing felon is extremely rare. (Remember that there are usually more earwitnesses than eyewitnesses; sound generally travels farther than line of sight, especially in the dark. Remember the infamous case of Kitty Genovese, who was murdered as 38 New York witnesses supposedly watched and did nothing. A study of the incident shows that only two of those witnesses actually saw the knife go into her body. However, more than 38 apparently heard her scream, “He stabbed me!”)
  7. Even if there are no witnesses and the man claims you shot at him and missed, evidence will show that you did fire your gun. If he claims you attempted to murder him, it’s his word against yours.
  8. Murphy’s law is immutable: if your weapon is going to jam, expect it to jam on the warning shot, and leave you helpless when the opponent comes up on you with his gun.
  9. The firing of a gun even in the “general direction” of another person is an act of deadly force. If deadly force was warranted, well, “warning shot, hell!” You would have shot directly at him. The warning shot can tell judge and jury that the very fact that you didn’t aim the shot at him is a tacit admission that even by your own lights, you knew deadly force was not justified at the time you fired the shot.
  10. If the man turns on you in the next moment and you do have to shoot him or die, you’ve wasted precious ammunition. With the still-popular five-shot revolver, you’ve just thrown away 20% of your potentially life-saving firepower. In one case in the Philippines, a man went berserk in a crowded open-air market and began stabbing and slashing people with a knife in each hand. In a nearby home, an off-duty Filipino police officer heard the screams, grabbed his six-shot service revolver (with no spare ammunition), and ran to the scene. When he confronted the madman, the latter turned on him. The officer fired three warning shots into the air, sending half of all he had to protect himself and the public into the stratosphere. He turned and ran, trying to shoot over his shoulder, and missed with his last three shots. He tripped and fell, and the pursuing knife-wielder literally ripped him apart. Responding officers shot and killed the madman, but their off-duty brother was already dead by then.

Massad Ayoob

Massad Ayoob is one of the world’s outstanding handgunners and is the Director of Massad Ayoob Group. A prolific author, Ayoob is the author of Gun Digest Book of Concealed Carry, Gun Digest Book of SIG-Sauer, Gun Digest Book of Combat Handgunnery, Massad Ayoob’s Greatest Handguns of the World and many other books and more than one thousand articles on firearms, combat techniques, self-defense, and legal issues.


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Backup Guns vs Hideout Guns

Backup Guns vs Hideout Guns

Written by: Greg Ellifritz

I’ve seen some recent articles on the internet talking about citizens with CCW permits carrying more than one gun in public.  While I carry two pistols in uniform every day, I rarely carry a second pistol when I am off duty and on my own time.  I have nothing against the practice, I just don’t feel the need to carry a second pistol very often in my personal life.

If you are going to carry a second gun for CCW, it’s important to recognize the gun’s proper role.  Most of the articles I’ve seen advocating the practice have called these second guns “backup guns.”  I think that term may be erroneously applied to many of the second guns carried by CCW permit holders and off-duty cops.

In my mind, a “backup gun” is one that can be relatively quickly brought into play if the primary weapon malfunctions, is damaged, is dropped, or runs out of ammunition.   The backup gun also can come into play in the event the primary gun is inaccessible due to the fact that the criminal suspect is trying to remove it from the victim’s holster or the victim is being contorted into a bodily posture that would prevent the drawing of the primary weapon.

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Active Killer Response Considerations

“Run, Hide, Fight?”- Not Always the Best Active Killer Response

After … terrorist knife attack on the campus of The Ohio State University, I’m reposting this article.  Initially believing that the terrorist was armed with a gun, university officials sent warnings to students urging them to “Run, Hide, Fight.”  Surprisingly to me, several students responded to the warnings by asking “What does that mean?”  Here is a quick guide about which response option you should consider in the wake of a terrorist attack. ….

…. Proper response tactics for an active killer require an analysis of your own abilities, the environment where the violence is occurring, the presence of help, the response time of the local police, and the killer’s weapons/tactics.  They can’t be codified into a simple “Run, Hide, Fight” playbook.  “Run, Hide, Fight” is certainly a better response option than passively freezing, but anyone who is truly interested in his own safety must ignore this simple, dumbed-down dictum and think for himself.

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