By now you’ve probably read about it and seen it on the news. Today in Paris three gunman killed 12 in a deliberate attack on a French magazine. Not only did they kill people inside the building they also shot people while exchanging fire outside in the street. If you missed it, here is the video.
Now…this post isn’t what you think. There will be a flood of posts on the internet which set out to showcase why gun control is a bad idea, that being because in France (a nation with very strict gun control laws) even some of the police aren’t armed.
After around ten minutes we saw two heavily armed, masked men in the street. Three policemen arrived by push bike, but they left naturally as the attackers were armed. They got into a car after a few minutes after shouting in the street. There was quite a lot of gunfire in the street for a few minutes. Firemen, ambulances and police vehicles arrived a few minutes later.
But I’m not here to somehow reinforce the fact that if police or citizens would have been armed they might have been able to stop the shooters and lives would have been saved. I’m not here to say “I told you so” to gun control advocates and Piers Morgan. I’m here to point out what will probably be an overlooked point of concern when analyzing this scenario, that being this: unless you are John Rambo or Chuck Norris bringing a handgun to a semi-auto rifle fight (and being outnumbered 3:1) isn’t all that appealing.
I’m betting if I were to ask those with a concealed carry permit how confident they feel in being able to defend themselves against another bad guy with a gun, the responses would largely be trending positive. After all most train quite a bit and like to think they can put rounds on target if a situation got sticky, not that they ever want that to happen of course. And yet what you do you, “Mr 1911 on my hip with 2 spare mags”, when you are walking down the street with your wife and 20 feet in front of you 3 masked men jump out of a car toting AK’s at the ready? Quick draw and 3 headshots! Bam bam bam, just like at the range! Not likely…
The way I see it there would be a small window (2-3 seconds) to make a decision and options are limited:
1- Immediately Seek Cover
2- Attempt to engage targets
3- Engage in the general direction of said targets and seek cover
4- Run away
6- Freeze in place, urinate on self
7- Try to engage one target in order to gain access to his weapon
If you watch the video it appears that they moved as a team down the street, directing their fires at pretty much anything that moved. So what do you do in a situation like this? Personally while I have an IDEA of what I might LIKE to do (based on my experience and rationale) I’m not quite sure what I really WOULD do until faced with that scenario.
While this event happened thousands of miles away the type of people who committed this act are only going to get more brazen while growing in numbers. To assume this couldn’t happen where you live is simply foolish. Thoughts?