It’s nothing like the range or your video game…
I don’t get offended all that often, but today is the exception. Apathy, Arrogance and Ignorance tend be pretty high on the list of the defects that draw my ire. Here is an example of a combination of all three from the founder and president of the largest firearms training school in the country. His Arrogance, Ignorance and Apathy are dangerously misinformed and counterproductive to training responsible citizens to defend themselves and their families.
He published his weekly blog post today on the Nassau County Sheriff who shot Andrea Rebello last week, and I was unfortunately exposed to it. First, it is true that there appears to be a lack of sustainment training in the NYPD. Second, anyone who decided that a 12 pound trigger on a Glock is a good idea, or that somehow makes you safer knows nothing about firearms. Finally, most of the New York Police I know make up for it on their own dime. They are great Americans doing the best they can under Bloomberg’s anti-gun regime. Here are a few highlights from the post that really show the depth of this guys incompetance.
“In this case, a routine head shot to end the confrontation could not be accomplished due to LACK of training.”
Arrogance. Perhaps the shot was, in fact, tactically more complex than a 7-meter head shot on a range. Having not been there, I am not in a position to make a specific comment on this particular shot. The level of training required to take a head shot on demand 100% of the time is physically and emotionally beyond 99% of the human population. It is beyond me now – but in my day, I was fortunate to be blessed with the genetics and opportunity to work with a unit that required me to function at that level for more than 5 years. Having taken a few to end a fight, and a couple to start one, I can tell you that none of them were “Routine”.
“And it is lack of training, not a “harrowing” situation that caused this tragedy.”
Apathy. No, actually it is a criminal who put a citizen and Law Enforcement Officer in a situation where every one lost – that is what caused this tragedy. That Officer attempted to solve a tactical problem because he is a sworn Law Enforcement Officer – required to act to preserve public safety. He found himself at the end of a gun and acted to save Andrea’s life while preserving his own. He made the choice to end the life of a criminal – and in the process made a terrible mistake that will follow him to the grave. There but for the grace of God go I and every man who has actually had to act in a gun fight with friendlies in the mix. This arrogance is exacerbated by the fact that the ill-informed commentator has never actually been in a gun fight!
“And it is lack of training in the police academy as well as lack of ongoing marksmanship and tactical training throughout law enforcement agencies that result in these tragic events.”
Ignorance. Actually it is a lack of funding and time to train every officer to the level of proficiency that would be required to make this VERY difficult shot 100% of the time. We cannot afford the tax burden of training every law enforcement officer to this level because it would occupy most of their day, and they would not be available to do the other 100,000 things they accomplish each week in our society. When I was expected to function at a level to make this shot on demand, I shot 4 – 5 days a week when not deployed or on a mission. I spent nearly a year in training just to get to the unit – and that was after spending 3 years in the Navy and 5 years in the SEAL teams just to be considered to try out. I had shot literally millions of rounds in support of getting to a point where I was proficient enough to shoot at this standard, and even more maintaining it.
“It is not an “amazingly difficult job” it is not even an amazingly difficult shot.”
Arrogance and ignorance. For a guy who has never fired a shot in violent encounter and never even trained with a unit who prepares for these situations – this is a level of arrogance that is beyond comprehension. Show some respect for the guys who risk their lives and do the best they can in sometimes – impossible situations. Some of those work out well for them and we call them Heroes , and some of which do not work out well for anyone – like this one. Thankfully, you don’t get to make those calls from an armchair seat on the sidelines and professionals who have walked in his shoes will judge his actions.
Despite doing some good for the firearms community by bringing entry level gun handing skills into the realm of affordability for the average citizen, the commentator’s uneducated and inexperienced analysis of a true tragedy is insulting to every professional who has picked up a gun to defend his right to say what ever crosses his uninformed mind. So here’s my opinion on his uninformed commentary – You are a Jackass.
For our readers – to assume that under stress you can make a head shot on a moving target 100% percent of any time is arrogant – unless you train every day, under stress – which most of us don’t do… There is always risk, no matter how good you are, no matter how much you train. To claim that any program can give you the skills to make this shot 100% of the time and maintain them is simply BS. You can absolutely be as good as you want to be – if you commit the time and effort – but the fact is, we all have a life outside of our personal defense.
Personal connections and social interaction are what makes our society thrive, personal defense keeps us honest. If you can guarantee a head shot under stress 100% of the time, the US government and every SWAT team in the world has a job for you. If not, be careful. Be confident in your ability, and practice so you know what your true capability is under stress.
Train hard, Shoot straight – and don’t be a Jackass!
~ Chris White
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