With terrorism on the increase, people all over are concerned about how it might affect their lives. The chances of terror attacks seem to be increasing daily, as more and more Muslims of questionable repute leave the Middle East and head out into the rest of the world. While some are trying to escape the violence of jihad, others are trying to take it with them. The problem is, telling one group from the other is all but impossible.
This clearly means that the risk to us all is increasing. If 15 to 25 percent of the Muslims in the world are radicals, as current figures state, then there are a huge amount of them running around, waiting for their opportunity to serve Allah by killing someone.
But even the non-radical Muslims are becoming more radical. Their push for Sharia Law grows stronger each day, especially in the areas that they control. These "no-go" zones are for Muslims only and going into them puts one at the risk of violence, not from the radicals, but from the supposed "moderates."
So, with Muslim violence on the rise, it is only prudent that we be ready and willing to defend ourselves, our families and our neighbors. Anything less is waiting to become a victim, something that's not a good idea at all.
There are more than two million more Muslims in the United States today, than there were when Barack Obama was sworn in as president, for his first term, with more coming all the time. So, the issue isn't just about the 10,000 additional Syrian refugees that he is letting in the country, it's about all those who have come before. Fifteen of the previously admitted "refuges" have turned out to be jihadists. ISIS claims they have more than 70 "soldiers" in the United States today and the FBI is supposedly running almost 900 cases against suspected Muslim terrorists.
It is only a matter of time until we face our own Paris-style attacks. Plans are probably already in the works. Those attacks didn't require many shooters and some of them were residents living in France already. So, it was not necessary to import a large number of shooters in order to make a large impact.
The availability of firearms in the United States makes the logistics of such an attack easier as well. But at the same time, that plays in our favor as well, as criminals can always get guns, but our Second Amendment rights ensure that law-abiding citizens can as well. That makes a terrorist attack in the United States a much riskier venture for the terrorists, than it was in France.
So, how do you prepare to survive a terrorist attack?
Step 1 - Get Yourself Armed
It is clear that these radical Muslims use a variety of weapons, but chief amongst those is firearms. So, following the old adage of "don't bring a knife to a gunfight" you need an equalizer. You need to be armed with a firearm as well. Even if the jihadist ends up using a knife or a suicide vest, your best means of stopping them is with a gun.
The question then becomes, what sort of gun should you have? Based on past actions, the terrorists will most likely be armed with AK-47s, probably fully-automatic ones. That would make it seem that you should be armed equally as well, perhaps with a M-4. But there are problems with that. First of all, you can't carry that around in many states and secondly, you can't conceal it very well. Besides, fully-automatic weapons are very expensive. Then there's the issue of permitting, as fully-automatic weapons require a permit from ATF.
For most of us, the pistol is going to be the preferred weapon, mostly for its concealability. A gun in your car won't do you the least bit of good if you suddenly find yourself in the middle of a terrorist incident. You're going to need your gun on your person, where you can draw it and start firing. But carrying a pistol leaves you at a distinct disadvantage. The bad guys are going to have more firepower than you do. Then again, you'll have more firepower than the people in Paris had.
I'd go with the largest caliber semi-automatic handgun you can shoot comfortably. Semi-automatics are better than revolvers for this, because you're probably going to have to reload, so count on having a couple of extra magazines in your pocket as well. You might have to shoot at a longer distance than you're used to, so the extra magazines will help overcome the tendency to miss at longer range.
Remember, a gun that isn't on your person is nothing more than a finely machined paperweight. When the time comes to use it, whether for a home invasion or a terrorist attack, you don't have more than a second to get to your gun. It doesn't help having it in the night stand, if you're in the living room; you'll never get a chance to go retrieve it, and if you try, you'll be dead before you can get there.
Therefore, you need to have a concealed carry license to go with your gun. If you don't already have one, then it's time to start the process to get one. Most states now are "will issue" states, which means that unless there is a reason not to give you one, such as being a convicted felon or demonstrated mental instability, they will issue the license. A few states have now gone to constitutional carry, which allows you to carry without a license. Check the laws in your state to find out what you need to do.
You might want to back that pistol with a semi-automatic rifle, such as an AR-15, in the trunk of your car. That way, if you are not trapped inside the incident, you can get your rifle to engage the terrorists with. If you have it, keeping some body armor there as well would be a good idea.
Step 2 - Get Yourself Trained
Owning firearms is a positive step forward, but it's not enough. You need to know what you're doing with those firearms as well. It take considerable time on the shooting range to become proficient with any firearm; even more so with a pistol. You want to be as accurate as you can, because in a life shooting situation the adrenalin in your system is going to drastically reduce your accuracy. A person who can normally shoot a four inch group will probably end up shooting about a 20 inch group in a live shooting incident.
That's why learning to shoot accurately is so important. Few situations will call for being able to hit a one inch diameter target. But the smaller the group you can shoot on the range, the smaller a group you'll be able to shoot that one time when things become real. Even though your ability will be degraded, it will be better than the person who isn't as accurate a shot.
Most firearm instruction concentrates on sight picture as the key point in accuracy. But while sight picture is important, most accuracy problems come from poor trigger control. You have to squeeze the shots off smoothly, without jerking the trigger or jerking the gun in the process. The smallest jerk at the trigger translates into several inches at the target.
But there's more to training than just accuracy. I seriously doubt that any terrorist is going to act like a black spot on a white background, just standing still and waiting for you to shoot them. No, they'll be moving and shooting too. So, you need to be accustomed to shooting at moving targets at a variety of ranges. You'll also need to be accustomed to shooting while moving, because if you just stand there, you make yourself an excellent target.
Another aspect of this training is learning to shoot from cover. Shooting the bad guys is only part of the job. The other part is staying alive. Standing out in the open may make for dramatic movie scenes, but as I said, it also makes for good targets. If you aren't behind something that has a good chance of stopping a bullet, you need to be moving to get there. If you are behind it, you need to make sure that you can shoot at the bad guys, without giving them much of a target to shoot at.
The type of training I'm talking about here is tactical training. Some shooting ranges offer tactical training classes, or at least tactical shoots. In these, you shoot at a series of semi-silhouette targets, set up to create some sort of a realistic scenario. Shooters shoot against the clock and are graded on accuracy and speed.
In any terrorist attack, you're probably going to be faced with multiple attackers. So, part of your tactical training has to deal with evaluating threats. The highest threats need to be targeted first, so that you have a greater chance of being able to take on the others as well. Those higher threats are the terrorists that are closest to you, those that are more heavily armed and those who are the most active.
This sort of training is much more like what you'll encounter in an actual terrorist incident, so it is essential. Even people who are excellent shots find that they can't hit much of anything, when they start tactical shooting. The differences are big enough to throw them off, sometimes for months before they get back on track.
Step 3 - Develop Situational Awareness
When a terrorist situation happens, you have very little time to react. The terrorists are counting on the element of surprise to operate with impunity. They have the initiative, so you have to play catch-up.
The best way of playing catch-up is to not allow the terrorists to catch you by surprise. That requires seeing them and what they are about to do, before they start. This can only come about with situational awareness.
Few of us are truly aware of what's happening around us. We go through life ignoring most of the people that we see, as well as what they are doing. Car accidents happen all the time because of drivers who aren't aware of other cars around them. Going through life like that is a guaranteed way of making sure that the bad guys are able to catch you by surprise.
Living life like that is like walking around with blinders over your eyes. While it might give you a nice comfortable feeling, it certainly won't help you to avoid becoming some terrorist's next victim. In order to avoid that, you need to change your strategy and start really looking at what's going on around you.
In one of the Sherlock Holmes movies, Robert Downey, Jr. was blindfolded with a black hood, as he was taken to a meeting. It was a wasted effort, as when he arrived at his destination, he told the men he was meeting with exactly where he was and the route that he had been brought there by. His keen awareness of everything going on around him allowed him to identify the roads by the bumps in the cobblestones and the aroma of the baking bread.
That's true situational awareness, of a type that is rarely found. But combat soldiers walking through enemy territory need that same level of awareness. Failure to notice even the littlest of things can lead to their death.
The same goes for you and I. The whole world has become a combat zone for the terrorists. Like any combat zone, the vast majority of the time, things are quiet. But those times of quiet are punctuated by brief, hectic, times of violence. Whether or not we survive those times of violence depends in part on luck, but it also depends on our ability to react to them.
Your level of alertness needs to be adaptable to the situation. Take a look at the following alert tree:
- Condition White - Everything is fine, you're not bothering to look around. This is where most sheeple live. You should never be there, unless you're in your shower, bathing, or asleep.
- Condition Yellow - No known threats, but you're looking around to make sure. This is where you should spend most of your time.
- Condition Orange - Potential threat spotted, examining further to see if it really is a threat and thinking about potential courses of action.
- Condition Red - Threat defined, your body is awaiting your brain telling it "Go," so that it can draw your gun and start firing.
By following this system, you avoid wasting time and effort that would be spent by assuming everything is a threat. Doing so would cause you to live on a constant adrenalin high, which is bad for your health. At the same time, it drastically reduces your chances of being caught by surprise.
Keep your head on a swivel, looking all around you to identify potential threats. When you find one or more, give them a closer look to see if they are acting in a suspicious manner or if they are carrying something that could conceal a weapon. Look at their eyes; are they looking around too much? Are they focused on one thing, ignoring everything else? Either one could indicate that they are mentally preparing to do something nefarious, whether shoplifting of pulling out a gun.
I realize that the PC police would have my head for this, but you need to pay particularly close attention to those who look like they could be a threat. Currently, there are two types of people who fall into this category; young blacks who are dressed like they're from the 'hood and Muslims. While the blacks aren't really terrorists, those that are part of the #BlackLivesMatter movement are acting like they are.
Muslim women, dressed in burkas are a big threat, mostly because they could hide a bazooka under there and nobody would know. You can't even tell if it's a woman, let alone know whether she is carrying a weapon or has 10 pounds of explosives strapped to her body.
Never assume that just because someone fits a particular profile, they are a terrorist. On the other hand, don't dismiss them out of hand either. Take a good look at them, to determine if they are acting in a way which indicates that they might be a threat. Until you can eliminate them as a threat in your mind, keep an unobtrusive eye on them.
Step 4 - Know Thy Enemy
The old military axiom of "know thy enemy" applies to dealing with terrorists too. The more you know about any potential enemy, the better you can predict their probable actions. That's useful in any conflict. It really isn't necessary to know all about their beliefs, but it is helpful to know about their tactics and actions in a battle.
We all know that the Koran teaches that Muslims are to dominate the world, that they see women as chattels to be exploited sexually and beaten into submission, and that they see unbelievers as being lesser human beings that they are commanded to kill. From that, we can easily extrapolate that they are going to mistreat women, that they believe in rape and that they have no qualms about killing just about anybody. But that's not the important part.
The part we need to see is how they act when they are performing their terrorist acts. For example, we know that they seek martyrdom, because they believe that if they die in a holy war, they'll go directly to paradise, where 72 virgins are awaiting to serve as their sex slaves. So, telling them to drop their weapons is a waste of time. They're going to take as many as they can with them, so that the people they kill can serve them in paradise.
The same can be said for one who is wearing a suicide vest. They're not likely to change their mind and disarm the vest. They're going to blow it up, in as big a crowd of people as they can find. You can't talk them out of it, so the only thing you can do is to shoot them, before they set it off and while they are still a ways away from anyone else.
One important lesson we can learn from previous terrorist actions is the types of targets they choose. In most cases, they are looking for a combination of two things; something that offends them and somewhere there are lots of people. That combination makes for a good target, in their mind. Not only do they get to kill a lot of infidels, but they can say it was done because the place was offensive to their religion.
Of course, almost everything in our modern society is offensive to Muslims, as we constantly see from the demands that they make and the lawsuits that they file. Offense is their most common excuse for their violence, as if our complying with Sharia Law would actually put a stop to it. Ha!
Step 5 - Avoid Being a Potential Target
While Islamic terrorists aren't very picky about their targets, there are things we can do to help prevent ourselves from being sought out to be put in their crosshairs. That doesn't mean we will be totally safe from any risk from any terror attack, but we can reduce it to the level of random chance.
First of all, knowing the types of targets that the terrorist likes, we can try to avoid them. Large crowds make for target-rich environments, something that terrorists like. So it's a good idea to avoid large crowds, such as you'd find in:
- Shopping malls
- Concert halls
- Sporting events
- Large churches
- Demonstrations and protests
- Amusement parks
- Schools, up through college
Granted, it's impossible to totally avoid these places and still live a normal life. But you have to realize that when you are in those areas, you'll need to have a heightened awareness. That can be difficult, when you're watching a movie or concert. But lowering your guard increases the risk that you run.
One thing that can help mitigate the risk in these environments is to find the exits as soon as you arrive and try to stay near them. That way, if terrorist actions occur, you have a better chance of escape. Of course, that means making the decision whether to fight or flee, but at least you'll be in a position where you have the option of making that decision.
Avoiding gun free zones is a good idea too; at least as much as possible. While terrorists don't seem to be as concerned about gun free zones as the other mass killers out there, there's always the possibility of home-grown terrorists knowing about gun free zones, from the mass shooters who have gone before. If that's the case, they could choose to target one, just to maximize the effect of their attack.
The other thing that could make you singled out as a target is being outspoken against Islam. Now, I realize that this is a matter of principle, and you may want to take that risk; but you should understand that it is a risk. Like the Charlie Hebdo attack and the attack on the Mohammed cartoon event in Garland, Texas, we can count on Muslims targeting those who speak out against them, who make fun of them, and who offend them.
ISIS has made clear threats against various political figures, commentators and others who have taken a public stand against them. They have made it clear that they see these people as their personal enemies and that they intend to take them out of play, the moment they can.
While I admire the people who have done this and would e willing to do so myself, I realize the risk involved. For this reason, many would sensibly choose not to personally attack Islam. After all, the risk isn't just to yourself, but to your family as well, right? So, keeping a low profile and avoiding any rhetoric that can offend them is the easy way out.
There's only one problem with that stance; that is that the radical Muslims who make up the ranks of the terrorists are bent on conquest. Forcing people to change the way they speak, taking away their freedom of expression, is part of their overall plan. So, when we choose not to talk openly about the horrors of Islam, we are actually playing into their hands.This forces us to make a difficult decision. We can decide to avoid the potential of making ourselves stand out as a target by not saying anything, or we can decide to take a stand, knowing that we are increasing the risk to ourselves and our families in the process. That's not an easy decision to make.