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Shooting underscores threat to 'soft' targets
WND ^ | December 17, 2012 | F. Michael Maloof

Posted on 12/26/2012 11:59:11 AM PST by Perseverando

'Nothing short of armed teachers will protect children'

At Sandy Hook Elementary, 26 people were killed, including 20 schoolchildren aged 6 and 7, by a lone 20-year-old assailant.

Soft targets are far easier to attack than a “hard” target that may be under heavy guard. As a consequence, would-be perpetrators will go where it will be easier to make their violent statement for maximum effect, experts say.

In addition to schools and shopping malls, other soft targets include high-profile businesses, hotels, casinos, transportation facilities, airports and venues where there may be large audiences, such as theaters.

John Farnam, a nationally renowned firearms instructor, pointed out in an email that more gun control isn’t the answer to the problem, even though gun-control advocates will be looking for increased restrictions on gun ownership and to “punish everyone who didn’t commit a crime.”

He said the real issue is the “faulty, but universal, policy of ‘lock-downs’” and “gun-free zones.”

Farnam runs a firearms school called Defense Training International, or DTI. He teaches law enforcement nationwide, has taught specialized firearms courses at the U.S. Marine Corps Base Quantico in Virginia and is a deputy sheriff in Colorado.

He said that the debate over more gun control will bury the real issues.

“As a standard response to a security emergency, locking children or any group into classrooms and other small areas is tantamount to herding them into coffins,” as displayed in the Connecticut school shooting, he said.

“My personal response to any ‘lock-down’ command is to vacate the area immediately, as fast as I can, any way I can, and I don’t care who likes it. ‘Lock-downs’ represent a fatally flawed convention. Israelis, experts on the subject, have known this for years.

“Gun-free schools are better entitled ‘criminal-empowerment zones,’” Farnam said.

“Nothing short of armed

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: banglist; guncontrol; gunfree; gunfreezone; newtown; sandyhook; secondamendment; softtargets

1 posted on 12/26/2012 11:59:26 AM PST by Perseverando
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To: Perseverando

Our solution? We homeschool. No lockdowns, no violence, no liberal teachers, no problem.

2 posted on 12/26/2012 12:04:38 PM PST by MeganC (Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
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To: MeganC
Some resources on school threats for consideration. (There’s some old news here, but evil, terrorism and massacres never go out of style.)

Terrorists – coming to a school near you
Police ill-equipped to defend against an American Beslan
Published: 04/02/2007 at 1:00 AM

Note: Killology Research Group website does not seem to still be actively updated.

Mass Slaughter In Our Schools: The Terrorists' Chilling Plan?
By Chuck Remsberg
Senior PoliceOne Contributor

School Safety Notes and Articles About School Safety by Col. Grossman
Preventing School Violence
School Shooting Contingency Plans & Considerations
”Preparing for School Attacks" published in The Police Marksman

School Safety Notes, Articles, And Links About School Safety by Other Authors
Rise in 'shool terror attacks' - New Important Article
A School Lockdown/Emergency Drill Success Story
Rapid Response/Active Shooter Lesson Plan
Safe 2 Tell

3 posted on 12/26/2012 12:08:40 PM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: MeganC

Yeah, but you still have the teachers kissing the students.

And that principal - man, does he have something going on with the English teacher, or what?

4 posted on 12/26/2012 12:10:56 PM PST by MrB (The difference between a Humanist and a Satanist - the latter admits whom he's working for)
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To: MeganC
I buy ammo for the nanny for grandbabies, so she can practice. My daughter pays for the range time for her and the nanny.

No soft targets there.


5 posted on 12/26/2012 12:12:00 PM PST by JRandomFreeper (Gone Galt)
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To: JRandomFreeper

Peace through superior firepower!

6 posted on 12/26/2012 12:15:42 PM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: Perseverando
If gun-free zones are such a good idea, establish one around the pResident and send the Secret Service home.

If they aren't such a good idea, abolish them.

You can't have it both ways.

7 posted on 12/26/2012 12:15:58 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

That says it clearly and succinctly. Mind if I borrow that for use with friends and family?

8 posted on 12/26/2012 12:22:00 PM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

Darn right.

My kids are more important to me than any president. If they can’t be protected at school with firearms then neither should any president.

9 posted on 12/26/2012 12:25:35 PM PST by cableguymn (The founding fathers would be shooting by now..)
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To: Perseverando

You’ll have to ask the person I stole it from, but I don’t remember who that was.

10 posted on 12/26/2012 12:28:59 PM PST by E. Pluribus Unum ("Democracy is indispensable to socialism. The goal of socialism is communism." --Vladimir Lenin)
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To: Perseverando
Soft targets? Is that lib-speak for Free Fire Zones? Or Open Fire Zones?
Or even more accurately; High Capacity Victim Zones?

Maybe they should be called Lib-Designed Political Talking Points Zones since liberals created them and can barely wait for the inevitable carnage so they can smear themselves in blood and parade around screaming about "Assault Rifles" even when no rifles are used. (see Giffords/Loughner story)

11 posted on 12/26/2012 1:28:01 PM PST by TigersEye (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Perseverando
...the Joint Terrorism Task Force has stated that terror networks operating in the U.S. believe malls are a legitimate terrorist target. J.R. Dunn, editor of American Thinker, went so far as to say shopping malls may be the new targets of choice for terrorists.

Probably true, but I also fear a terrorist attack on a full sports stadium.

12 posted on 12/26/2012 2:01:59 PM PST by 2nd Bn, 11th Mar (The "p" in Democrat stands for patriotism.)
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To: 2nd Bn, 11th Mar
Probably true, but I also fear a terrorist attack on a full sports stadium.

Semper Fi, Cannon Cocker! It's one of many very bad possibilities.

Have you read Matt Bracken's (Travis Mcgee's) books? That is the horrific scenario with which he starts his 1993 book, the first in a trilogy.

Enemies Foreign and Domestic

This is from the Prologue of Travis's 1st book, Enemies Foreign & Domestic. Excerpts are online.


The home team was set to receive the kickoff of their season opener. The 80,000 football fans packing the stadium were on their feet looking down at the two teams lined up on the verdant green field. It was a mild September Sunday in the Maryland suburbs of the nation's capital, and every seat was taken by loyal maroon and gold wearing fans who were hoping to see their team improve last season's dismal record and make a run for the playoffs. The crowd noise reached a sustained roar as they watched the kicker trot toward the teed-up football, they saw the two teams rush at each other, and they followed the flight of the ball high into the air.

In the midst of this jubilant bedlam, in the center of the western end zone upper deck, a forty year old architect from Annapolis was struck by something on the left temple. He immediately collapsed forward, spurting blood over his friends and several other fans as he fell across the seats below. His shocking injury occurred while the football was still arcing through the air and down the field, so at first the louder screaming of the fans surrounding his crumpled bleeding body went unnoticed by the rest of the crowd around them.

Every two seconds a similar scene was repeated with horrifying variations across the western upper deck stands, as one fan after another was dealt a sudden bloody wound to the face, head, neck, shoulder, arm or chest. A few victims were killed outright, and some were only slightly grazed, but many received searingly painful wounds which caused them to shriek and jerk and fling blood in all directions. Every two seconds another tableau of unexpected violent trauma was created, sending out radiating bands of fear as the shouted word spread from mouth to ear among the trapped thousands: sniper! The waves of horror emanating from each new victim spread and merged and multiplied until the entire western end zone upper deck section became engulfed in seething animal panic.

A minute after the first victim was struck, with the kickoff returned to the twenty yard line and the home team huddled to pick their first play, the continuing frenzied crowd activity in the western upper deck stands was noticed by several cameramen around the stadium. The perplexed stadium video director selected a close up scene of some of the over excited fans and switched that camera onto the stadium's two jumbotron screens. They immediately showed a house-sized image of a woman, her mouth open in an unheard scream, vainly using her hands to try to halt the flow of blood from a man's face.

The rest of the 80,000 fans saw the ghastly open wound and his blood-covered wife on the fifty foot tall video screens, and the panic began to spread from one end of the stadium to the other. Police radios crackled with reports of death and injury, police marksmen dashed out and scanned the stadium's upper tiers and light towers through their binoculars and rifle scopes. The sudden appearance of black-clad police marksmen with their rifles shouldered was noticed by mystified fans throughout the stadium, adding depth to the rippling fear.

Complete panic erupted through the western upper deck as the realization spread like a wind-whipped forest fire that an unseen sniper had them in his deadly crosshair gaze. Six thousand adrenaline glands pumped out their ultimate fight-or-flight hormone. Unthinking mob psychology seized the crowd, and nearly all of the fans who were penned up in the killing zone stampeded down the steps and over the chairs. This fear driven horde charged straight over the smaller and slower fans in their desperation to reach the perceived safety of one of the four exit tunnels.

It had taken well over an hour before the game for six thousand cheerful individuals to fill all of the seats on the steeply sloping upper deck. Many of the fans routinely grew dizzy and flirted dangerously with vertigo while climbing the concrete stairs, which were as high and as steeply pitched as the roof of a cathedral. Now, gripped by primal terror and racing down to the exits, the thousands of fans attempted to do the impossible, they all attempted to escape the unrelenting rain of bullets in less than a single minute.

Police, paramedics, security personnel and the just plain curious were just beginning to rush from the stadium's inside concourse through the tunnels to the stands when they ran headlong into the leading elements of the outpouring human tide. This slowed them enough to precipitate immediate jams at each of the four exits. But the terror of the fleeing mobs in the stands above the exit tunnels did not abate as the bullets continued to fall, and the crush began in earnest.

A hundred tightly pressed bodies, propelled by fear and assisted by gravity, pushed hard against each unlucky person already wedged against the safety railing at the bottom of the upper deck. The rails bent outward as the human avalanche gathered momentum, and then they buckled and victims began to tumble over. The falling victims were still holding tightly onto those above, pulling them over as well, and the solid cascade began. Dozens and then hundreds of linked victims fell past the VIP sky boxes, thudding down onto the fans packed into the lower stands ninety feet below.

13 posted on 12/27/2012 6:45:33 AM PST by Perseverando (Gun control? It's really not about gun control is it? It's really about PEOPLE CONTROL!)
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