Tuesday, June 21, 2016

My Thoughts OnThe Orlando Shooting

The shooting in Orlando was a treble tragedy we can all agree. I am just glad that the shooter was either killed or committed suicide. That way the loved ones of the people killed do not have to sit in court and relive this nightmare.

I know there is a lot of talk about banning AR-15 type weapons from being bought. First let me say I do not own an AR-15 type weapon, nor do I plan on buying one. I am familiar with them. While in the Marine Corps. I was trained to shoot and maintain the M-16 rifle. So I know a little bit about that style of weapon. That being said let go over some facts that have come out in the media.

The bad guy had only had the AR-15 a short time. That we know of he had very little practice at shooting or handling it. Back in the day magazines came in 15 or 30 rounds. I have not read if he had any larger capacity magazines. So with 49 dead and 53 wounded, at bare minimum he had to reload 4 times. reloading requires the shooter to press a button to drop the empty magazine. Then retrieve a loaded magazine from wherever he was carrying his spare ammo, insert it into the magazine well. (which is just a hair bigger then the magazine) Once the magazine is seated he must release the bolt to chamber a new round before he can start shooting again. Someone that is well trained and well practices can do all that in just 3 or 4 seconds. I'm guessing with all the adrenaline flowing, the lights, the music, and the screams from terrified people it took the shooter any where from 10 to 20 seconds each time he reloaded. That is anywhere from 40 seconds, to a minute and a half. That's a lot of time when it comes to fighting.

My question is why did no one make an attempt to stop the shooter? There are reports the night club had an off duty officer who did engage the shooter. I have not read or heard anything about what happened to the officer.

Once the shooter was inside the club it is my understanding there was close to 300 people inside. Now in my opinion with odds 300 against 1, this shooting should have been stopped a lot sooner. I'll tell you why. Inside the club even though it is a gun free zone there are lots of thing to use to fight back. Beer bottles, wine glasses, shot glasses, beer mugs. tables, chairs just to name a few. I'm sure that he walked right by some people as he was shooting. Why didn't anyone come up behind him and jump on his back and knock him to the ground? If someone had thrown a beer bottle at him the first time he had stopped to reload he may have been distracted enough that he couldn't reload. He would have been worried about people fighting back. All it takes is one person to start to fight back and more people will join in and the next thing you know the shooter in on the floor with 8 or 10 people on top of him holding him down till more police arrive.

In this day and age people have to have a plan of what they are going to do when trouble starts. I was talking to my 77 year old dad about this shooting. He told me that he had a plan if someone ever came in the bingo parlor shooting he knew what he was going to do. He told me that was the reason he sits where he does and then he told me the details. I was impressed, because my dad at 77 has Parkinson's and for him to have a clear and level head to plan an escape is great.

People are upset because it was an AR-15. Let me tell you, this may sound bad. But they were lucky he did use an AR-15. If he had walked in with a shotgun the trauma would have been so much worse. With an AR-15 round, one bullet hits one person. With a shotgun, one shell might hit 3 or 4 people multiple times. Although shotguns do not have the same capacity as an AR-15, (any where from 4 to 8 shells) With no one fighting back he would have had time to reload 4 times.

But lets take long guns out of the picture. What if he had walked in with 2 handguns. Some of today's handguns have to ability to hold anywhere from 10 to 17 rounds or more. If the bad guy was able to reload each hand gun 4 times then whats the difference if he uses a handgun or an AR-15. There is none.

All this talk about banning AR-15 style rifles is well and good. But it really does nothing. If a bad guy wants to be bad he'll find a way to be bad. People say there is no need for an AR-15 style weapon. It's not a question of need. It's a question of want. Lets look at this another way. There is no need for high heeled shoes. Doctors tell ladies all the time they should not wear them. Doctors say they are bad for the body and hard on ankles. Ladies don't need those shoes, they want them. Same with an AR-15. Yes a few people have used the AR-15 for bad things. But out of all the AR-15s there are out in the hands of gun owners in the USA that is a very small amount of bad people doing bad things with the AR-15.

My thought is where do we stop. We ban the AR-15 today. Someone uses a shotgun next month and then shotguns are banned. Three months from now someone use a couple of hand guns. So we banned them. Where does it stop? Before long only the bad guys will have guns. What are you going to do when a bad guy breaks in your home, call 911? I don't know about where you live but the response time in our city is 10 to 15 minutes at best. A lot of bad things can happen in 10 minutes.

In closing, I want you to plan for the worst. Have some sort of plan. I don't want you to stay home behind locked doors. Get out and enjoy life. But if you are in a situation like what happened in Orlando. If the chances are good you are going to be injured or killed, at least put up some sort of fight.

Friday, March 25, 2016

Time To Get Tough

After the bombings in Brussels the Police went on a rampage searching out the terrorists that pulled off this attack. They even uncovered a new plot that they say was in "the advanced stages". These were people that were on watch lists that did this.

Whys are governments and security forces not watching this people closer before the attacks? Why is it they were on a watch list and we knew they were bad people, but we didn't do anything till after they blew stuff up killing and hurting dozens of people?

With technology today good guys should be able to a lot more proactive anti terrorism things. If we know where the bad guys live after something bad happens, then we should know where he lives before it happens.

It's time to put this political correctness aside. If profiling is what it takes then we have to profile. Because lets face it. 90% of the time when you profile (judge) someone you are right. On the TV show NCIS one of Gibbs rules is "Always trust your gut". We should trust our gut to tell us; if it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, then it's a duck. Not a kitten and should be handled accordingly.