Saving Lives in Garland (and elsewhere)

Range time and training are imperative.  The Garland officer’s quick reaction and accuracy kept himself and others from being murdered in the name of Islam.

An analysis of the events surrounding the heroic actions of a 60-year old veteran officer demonstrates the importance of proficiency with your weapon.  Closing the distance on the Muslim attackers, he brought his sidearm, a .45 caliber Glock handgun, to battle beginning at 20 yards, closing to something like 7-10 yards, successfully, in less than 15 seconds against a Kel-Tec SUB-2000 rifle.

According to the manufacturer:

 “The SUB-2000 has a greatly enhanced accuracy and extended range compared to a handgun.  The superior precision is also very useful against small or partially covered targets at shorter range.  The amount of training to master the SUB-2000 is only a fraction of that required for a handgun. MSRP $409”

Reading the specs for the rifle, you learn that this particular weapon has an effective range of 150 yards – presumably in the hands of someone more skilled than either of the two Muslim jihadists, Elton Simpson and Nadir Soofi who are now burning in hell’s eternal fire.  

So, two dolts have “superior firepower” and are smoked.  What can we conclude from the engagement?  Training made the difference.  This is a fact.  Humans must be trained to step towards a superior attacker when human nature says create distance.

It is imperative that if you consider yourself an American Patriot you are honing your skills, training with your weapons.  First of all, if you have your CCW and haven’t been to the range this month you might not have fared as well as this officer.  We on this site are glad you have your CCW and would be grateful if you selflessly acted like this peace officer in yours or someone else’s time of need.  But if you encounter “superior firepower” and the distances are a little further – say 50 to 60 yards – what then?  Could you hit a man, woman, or, God forbid, child sized target wielding an AK47 or a Kel-Tec SUB-2000?

At that distance, you probably aren’t going to have the speed to close 40 yards while avoiding fire.  At that distance you are going to reduce your target profile and get off good shots, possibly from prone.  When was the last time you shot from prone, seated, moving left or right while engaging a simultaneously moving target?  The answer should be less than three months. If you want to be able to defend yourself and others from attackers, you have got to stay in shape, physically and mentally; and practice, practice, practice.

Last question: How many of the attendees of AFDI Muhammad Art Exhibit and Contest did this brave man save?

Answer: All of them.

H/T: BearingArms

Paul F Nehlen III is a Christian and an American Patriot.  He sometimes vents on the LinkedIn because Facebook is the devil.