Five Seconds or Five Hours, in a Gun Free Zone You’re Still Dead

By John Farnam – Opinion

Gun Free Death Zone
Five Seconds or Five Hours, in a Gun Free Zone You’re Still Dead
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Ft Collins, CO –-( “History is never erased, nor forgotten. ‘Regret’ is merely wishing things were different, absent a willingness to act in order to cause a change. By contrast, ‘repentance’ is a sincere admission that you’re going the wrong way, combined with a personal resolve to change direction.

‘Regret’ is a useless emotion that requires no effort and is thus as common as it is profitless. ‘Repentance,’ however, calls for action and is thus rare, and ever dangerous and painful! Even repentance cannot alter history, but it will change the future. ‘Regret’ changes nothing, and, like all emotions, accomplishes nothing.” ~ Anon

Many have described last Thursday’s terrorist attack in London as “impossible-to-stop,” more correctly, “impossible-to-prevent”

Since some terrorist attacks are probably not preventable, the best any civilization can do is to limit the damage, that is, stop the attack via lethal force being applied to the attacker(s) immediately.


The real questions are:

  1. ) Who is going to do it?
  2. ) Who can get there in time to do it?

The answer is:

Unless there is an armed and trained LEO, soldier, or citizen at the scene when the attack starts, any possibility of limiting damage is lost!

You’re be hard-pressed to find an example where the SWAT Team arrived “in the nick of time!” In most cases in fact, by the time the call goes in, and even the first armed police officers arrive on-scene, the shooting is already long-over, and the attacker(s) has either:

  • 1) Committed suicide
  • 2) Left the area,
  • or 3) Run out of ammunition

When they arrive, police secure the scene, treat the injured, collect evidence, make a report, hold a press conference. Exchanging shots with terrorists almost never happens!

Israeli security veteran and expert, Shlomo Harnoy, recently said about ongoing Islamic terrorist attacks in his country:

“The best solution for stopping an attack is having people who know how to use arms, including civilians”

In Israel, police carry guns at all times, on-duty and off. Soldiers patrolling streets are always heavily armed. Many citizens, most of whom have done army service, carry pistols. Thus, when attacks occur, video footage often shows citizens at the scene the first to draw weapons and take care of business!

The UK is different. Most British police don’t carry guns, even when working. Almost none carry off-duty. Uniformed soldiers are all unarmed. Citizens can’t even own guns, much less carry them.

In CONUS, our police are all armed on duty, but fewer than ten percent carry off-duty. Our soldiers, even when deployed in airports, carry empty guns. On base, soldiers are all unarmed. While in uniform and in public, soldiers, even officers, are all unarmed. Some citizens have CCW permits (available in most states) but well under ten percent of CCW-holders carry guns on a regular basis. And, our landscape is littered with “gun-free zones,” usually all the places you’d want a gun!

In Western Europe (Germany, France, Belgium, Netherlands), police and soldiers are armed while on duty, but not while off-duty. Citizens are all unarmed.

However, if bitter experience has taught us anything, it is that armed heroes, at the scene, are the only ones in a position to significantly limit the damage, as noted above. Be they armed citizens, armed police, or armed soldiers, the day will be saved by their swift, courageous, and decisive intervention, or not at all!

Accordingly, politicians who really want to protect innocent citizens from terrorists should want our police, soldiers (at least officers and S/NCOs), and qualified citizens to be armed in every place and at every time, as there is no other viable deterrent!

And yet, liberals, here and in Europe, want precisely the opposite! They consistently fight to disarm all three groups, and the reason is obvious, at least to me:

They don’t want terrorism stopped!

They know “the more crime you have, the more government you need” They don’t want “problems” solved. Then, no one would need them! They want “problems,” like terrorism, to go on and on, so they can pretend to “be concerned,” as they amass power and privilege unto themselves.

It’s nothing new!

So, you can take the often-repeated liberal refrain, “You’re too stupid to own a gun. You might hurt yourself!”

And rank it right up there with:

“State lotteries will lower taxes”

“We can print our way to prosperity”


We don’t need heroes”

“If we lived in a state where virtue were profitable, common sense would make us saints! But, since we see that abhorrence, anger, pride, and stupidity commonly profit far beyond charity, modesty, justice, and thought, perhaps we must stand fast a little, even at the risk of being heroes” ~ Sir Thomas More (played by Paul Scofield) in the 1966 feature film, “A Man For All Seasons


About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit:

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John, two words that codify your (not you’re 😉 article: 1) Ma’alot, 2) Garland.
1) is the reason for the stance of the Israelis.
2) sometimes the right person with the right gear and the right training is in the right place at the right time.
Keep giving wake up calls, some of the sheeple (like gil) might just see the light.

Gregory Romeu

Common sense is still free. Make it a daily habit of using it until they try to regulate it and sell it?

The following keeps coming to mind and it’s an embarrassment to our nation’s Heritage that it should even occur in writing but one thing that I can see that would be useful across the country is that we upgrade the public campaigning system and start vetting those that are running for public office just like they do a Supreme Court Justice.

Jim S

California would want you to lay down and take your beating while waiting for law enforcement.This attack in London is one to learn from. you must stay aware of your surroundings and be ready to do whatever it is you are going to do, whether its run, hide, or take your beating/death – or defend yourself.


The author is telling it like it is. Its not popular with the Hoplophobes of our American Society, but then I’ve yet to see one of them talk a criminal or terrorist out of committing carnage and mayhem. I guess their methods don’t work and the only thing the other aforementioned types understand is pure brute force ( i.e. a gun.) God made man – Sam Colt made them equal!

Mark Zanghetti

I agree with you, and this article gives us more reasons to keep a close eyes on the Congresscritters and some of the things they are really up too!


Well, pervert gil is an obvious criminal proponet and advocate. And when it happened in London, what could you say to those innocents that were run down on that bridge. And “an unlikely event”. At least for them. And why were they NOT armed. Becuz you and those like you are all secret admirers of the mass chaos and mayhem in those helpless countries like GB. The more the merrier for your twisted logic to keep taking away any means of defense and “to keep the money flowing” in your dystopia. Too bad you werren’t on that bridge running for… Read more »


Keeping peddling an unlikely event to keep the money flowing.


Gil, you keep peddling your intolerant ideas here but you are unlikely to influence anyone. Could you tell us who is flowing money to you to post here?

Cal Blumhorst

Unlikely? I have always lived in quiet, middle-class neighborhoods, supposedly safe from the threat of criminals. During that time, I and my immediate neighbors have been attacked five times and the only thing that has kept us safe was luck and our willingness to resist evil. In 72 years on this earth, I’ve learned that you can’t count on luck so you’d better be prepared to resist. The best way to resist is with the proper mindset and tool: gun,, knife, baseball bat, etc., in that preferred order of possession. I grew up on a farm and was taught by… Read more »

Don Bailey

@Cal, You’ve made some excellent comments, especially regarding a combat/tactical mindset to be able to respond when that unexpected moment arrives. I too live in a nice safe neighborhood, however, we have had a couple who were severely injured during a home invasion. Why, because hoodlums will travel to nice areas to score the big payday. Also, you are right on the mark, always carry your firearm, set defensive weapons throughout your home, just in case someone breaks in. Use anything to defend yourself, like a can of wasp spray so that you can get to the nearest weapon to… Read more »

Mike Murray

Wasp or bear spray isn’t a good idea for use on humans, especially in a place where the DA is anti-self defense. As soon as you spray a human with a substance made for insects or animals, you have broken a dozen laws and subjected yourself to civil suits from hell.


mt neighbour next door had had some breakins, decided to “fix” the problem. He got a .38 revolver. Next breakin he showed up with that in hand. Don’t know if those guys were forced to wait for the sheriff to haul them away, but it seems amusing to both of us how the breakins ended with that incident… now about five years backk


your such a fricking p&ssy Gil. I actually think you are a hildabeast stage name.

Gregory Romeu

Proving to the masses the unlikely event that you would be worth your oxygen on this planet would be a true Act of peddeling.

Robert Thomas

Long walk, short pier, get stepping sh*tbird.


An unlikely event Gil? Concealed carriers prevent/stop crime tens of thousands of times a year in the US. That’s a fact! Take your pandering liberal BS somewhere that stupid and gullible people might actually listen. That sure isn’t here Troll.


It’s “you’re”, not your. Come on…