A New Active Killer Trend and Eight Ways to Counter It

Written by: Greg Ellifritz

Within the past couple weeks, we’ve seen two active killer incidents with large body counts.  Interestingly, the killers in both events started shooting OUTSIDE their target location.

Reading about the shooting last Tuesday, I stumbled across the following quote:

“Because there were a series of gunshots about a quarter mile away that alerted that staff, and they went on an immediate lockdown without having to be alerted by law enforcement.”

When the gunman was unable to enter the school due to the exterior doors being locked, Johnston said he fired at the building several times before he headed into town along a two-lane road.”

The gunman fired on the building from outside.  He spent several minutes walking around the locked school and fired around 30 rounds at the building.  The gunman in the Texas church shooting did something similar.

Lots of big historic active killer events started outside ….

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LESSONS FROM SOUTHERLAND SPRINGS

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When one of these events takes place it is imperative for us to learn from them should we hope to prevent or interdict the next one.  Sadly, this is rarely done to a true operational level.  It may be too soon to do this, but we have had three major events in the last three weeks.  I do not think it is too soon.  These points were brought to the discussion on my forum warriortalk.com by one of its members –

FACT 1:  Shooter visited the site five days prior to the attack.  This was probably a reconnaissance of the site.  We know that both terrorists as well as “crazy people” have done this prior to their initiation of attack.  Alternatively, he may not have decided to attack yet and was working up to it

LEARNING POINT: In today’s tech world it is an easy thing to have 24-7 passive surveillance.  We have it at home and at Suarez HQ.  This can run all the time and can be monitored remotely.  An alternative is the use of game cameras.  Any after hours suspicious visitors can be scrutinized at length.  These cameras can be elaborate and expensive or quite simple and cost effective.  Here is an Amazon link for such items for your convenience.  We live in a time of war and such steps, specially if you work at a desirable target, are not only simple and cost effective, but essential in your safety.  And anyone seen doing surveillance should be taken seriously.

FACT 2:  Shooter had sent threatening texts to his mother-in-law prior to the attack.

LEARNING POINT:  I will bet the threats were waved off as nothing serious.  In today’s environment, everything must be taken at face value, whether it is a man walking into a public venue dressed like an active shooter, or a threat made by text.        …   …    …

FACT 4:  Shooter was wearing body armor (type unknown) and a helmet.  Same situation in many other events.

LEARNING POINT: So this one is simple. We used to say, “If it walks like a duck and sounds like a duck…its a duck”.  So that man walking up to the church wearing armor and carrying a rifle is nothing but a freaking duck and should be treated as such.  Today we need to go on first impressions, because second impressions will be paid for with the lives of the innocent.

On weapons – Yes, I know Willeford used a rifle to kill the gunman (he gets the score, I am not buying the suicide thing).  But that was a fortunate happenstance.  These events will invariably be handled with the pistol that is already in your belt rather than the rifle you go and get.  And given that armor is prevalent, the traditional notion of center of mass shots is no longer valid.

The face is the target.  The ear canal is the target.  The base of the neck is the target.  And those may be preceded by shots to any exposed body part vis-a-vis counter-armor tactics.

FACT 5:  The good guy that responded was unprepared practically (no mag, barefoot), but was mentally ready to go anyway.

LEARNING POINT:   … …

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Homeland Insecurity

November 9, 2017:

The Department  of  Homeland Security Bulletin advises of continuing threats to National Security.  The information is a reminder of the threats that Americans face. However, the Bulletin is sanitized. The Islamic Based Terrorist threat is not referenced.  Instead, the term “homegrown terror” is used.   Such word games deflect from the  grave threat that  America faces from the Islamic / Sharia threat, as well as communists, and others.  By branding the source of this terrorist ideology as being “grown in America”,   the element of causation is diverted to America itself. The true enemies who seek to destroy America  are given a  free pass to continue with their objective, the destruction of America.  Sharia law is a direct threat to America, our Constitution, and Bill of Rights.  Meanwhile, our Government continues to import terrorist individuals. The invasion is being conducted right under our noses, and the enemies are being placed throughout the United States.  Activation, the time and place, is left for the enemies to decide. And you, and your children, are the targets.

Be alert and vigilant. Be prepared to defend your family. And yes,  that means lawful use of firearms for defense. Moreover, get some basic medical training.

The terrorists, the enemy within,  are:

Targeting public places and events.

They make use of easy to use tools. For example:  use of vehicle ramming, small arms, straight-edged blades or knives, homemade explosives, and poisons or toxins.

They  use battlefield experiences to pursue new technologies and tactics, such as unmanned aerial systems and chemical agents.

They are targeting commercial aviation and air cargo, including with concealed explosives.

Of course, Islamic terrorists, and others, have for years promoted “Lone wolf” attacks. But, it is routine that when an attack happens, we, the “sheeple”, are told that the attackers “motive” is unknown, and that no known link to a formal terrorist group has been found.  This sounds like the same type of propaganda ministry that Hilter used to lie to the Germans about how well the invasion of Russia was going during WWII.

A copy of the National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin, is HERE.