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What do you Train for?

My wife pointed out recently that I’m not always right.

Imagine that.

An old “Happy Days” episode showed Fonzie admitting he was wrong. Here’s the link: The Wrong Fonz

I’ve said before, if all you’ve done is firearms training, and you used a firearm to hurt a bad guy, it might be used against you. Consider the bad guy’s defense attorney saying to a jury, “At this Church they could pray for you or shoot you; nothing between.”

In my defense, I always acknowledged I didn’t come up with that; another trainer did. A spin of the old, “if all you have is a hammer, everything’s a nail.” Nonetheless, I’ve repeated it.

Here is a deeper truth; don’t build around things that rarely (if ever) happen. That’s like building on sand. Pray for you or shoot you? It sounds nice; but is there any legal action against a civilian defender where that was the case?

The problem with gun debates as a whole is that they center on unrealistic what-ifs. A reporter asked me, “isn’t there danger of innocent people getting hurt if civilian defenders use guns?” While training includes that scenario, I asked her to name me one time that happened. She couldn’t.

I could name her hundreds of times where someone died with nobody defending them.

Don’t get wrapped around the axle of unrealistic what-ifs.


Think About it

Some train only for high-impact incidents. The idea being that volunteer teams are there only to intervene if something truly life-threatening erupts. Lesser issues are just life experiences; not things volunteers should be involved in.

Others train for an environment where no insult or injury goes unmet by the team; band-aids to bullets.

If you train 100 hours a year, how are those hours spent? Training on band-aids, hoping to be ready for bullets? Or, training on bullets, assuming band-aids can be put on by parents?

Before our attack at New Life, we trained only for the more common small things, but functioned as a team when the gun shots erupted. It’s true that because we were great at finding lost children in a crowd of thousands, we were better prepared to meet a killer.

But two innocent girls died. Had we done everything right, that would not be part of our story.

Nobody says they had enough training following an incident where innocent lives were taken.

Comments (2)

Thank you so much for all you do. I heard you on the radio and loved what you had to say. I am taking care of my 93 yr old daddy but when l go home I will discuss with my husband how we can contribute to fbsnamerica but for the moment I have a concern. The school dist my son works at has a guardian program where specific teachers are trained to carry in the event a shooter comes on campus. The training taught them to stay put and shoot if they get the opprtunity. The dist decided to take it a step further and told my son and collegues to go to the shooter. I am concerned about this for many reasons because they arent trained officers with any protection or communication devices other than cell phones. He will be leaving his students to go after unknowns which may be someone from their town. Nearby good simatitains hearing gun shots and seeing him/collegues could mistake them for the shooter since their idenity is not know to the public. What are your views on this matter.?Obviously my son is a grown man and willing to do whatever his administrators ask of him even if that means going over to another campus. I have prayed foor guidance and then I heard you. I want to handle this not just for my son but all involved because my son seemed to think I worry too much lol God bless you and thanks!


I am familiar with many of the school staff training programs going around. I sat in one myself for three days just to hear how they are teaching it.

From what I saw, and what I hear of others, I think the armed school staff trainers are teaching things right. You are experiencing some of what every parent of an officer or soldier experiences. While I hear what you are saying about the training not being the same, the training your son and others are going through makes them far more ready than those schools with zero training (and consequently zero readiness).

I thank God for the good men and women in our educational facilities who have stood up to say, “I will protect them.” And yes, they should (in most cases) go towards the gunfire if they are a trained defender and kids are in danger. If not them, who? When? How long must a child wait for protection?

I’m sure your son, like officers and soldiers, understands the risks involved and yes, there are risks (no matter the level of training).

Thank your son for us and tell him we thank his peers who also volunteered to put themselves between danger and children.

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