Age of Terrorism, We Are Living It ~ Must Read Survival Tips

By John Farnam

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Ft Collins, CO –-( “Age of Terrorism” We’re in it!

Sunday night’s massive shooting incident in Las Vegas, NV is just the latest in a long series of terrorist actions. This time, not in the Mideast, France, Sweden, nor the UK!

Not much information about the perpetrator exists, but I suspect when all is revealed, details will not be surprising!

In the interim, all of us must understand more terrorist events are just around the corner!

Critical issues to keep in mind:

CROWDS ARE DANGEROUS! No matter where, no matter the occasion. We need to stop kidding ourselves into thinking these kinds of attacks happen only in “third-world” countries. A thin veneer of (mostly imaginary) “ civilization” separates the United States from more notoriously dangerous places, and it is getting thinner by the day!

When in a crowd, KNOW THE BEST ESCAPE ROUTES AHEAD OF TIME! In Sunday’s incident, most victims were shot when jammed into predictable bottlenecks near gate entrances. There are almost always “alternative” exits. Most of us can climb a fence, break a window, or step-over a barrier. Exits marked “Security Only,” “Reserved for VIP,” etc are fair game in an emergency! You can apologize later! Always reconnoiter ahead of time!

FLASHLIGHTS SAVE LIVES! There is every reason to believe, as these attacks continue, most will take place at night! At night, an Operator with a tactical flashlight can find many paths of escape that are not obvious to those groping in darkness.

TRAUMA KITS SAVE LIVES! You should never be far from IBDs and tourniquets! You will have to treat wounded, at the scene, maybe including yourself! It may be hours before the wounded ever see the inside of an ER. It will be too late for many! Most gunshot wounds are surviveable, when those close-by are appropriately equipped and trained.

GO ARMED! Instantly returning fire with a handgun may not always be efficacious, but during the ensuing chaos, you may be subject to other pernicious threats on side-streets, alleys, and dark parking lots.

DRESS FOR SUCCESS! Wear long pants, long-sleeve shirts. Wear real shoes capable of serving you adequately during unexpected long walks. Have ID, cash, credit cards, cell phone, car keys, blades always on your person. You may find yourself unable to access your car and hotel room, maybe for days! The unprepared may thus escape injury, only to find themselves pitiable “refugees,” unable to communicate, travel, nor access basic services.

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP! Many of us have trained ourselves to look around constantly. Don’t forget to look up and down too!

Remember, terrorist attacks will always be “come as you are” events.

Terrorists are not “sick,” “misguided,” nor “disturbed.” They are just evil, and they will never be anything else!

We all need to understand that!

“The soul that has conceived one wickedness can nurse no good thereafter.” ~ Sophocles


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.

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  • 3 thoughts on “Age of Terrorism, We Are Living It ~ Must Read Survival Tips

    1. Crowds are a problem that can’t be avoided unless you do not attend a crowded venture. I, personally, don’t like crowds and crowded places so I avoid them if possible. Most of them do not allow armed citizens to be there which increases the risk of being a fish in a barrel many times over.

    2. Yes I also carry most of those items. In some case I carry all those items except the trauma kit but I will
      Get one now. I have practiced situational awareness for decades being a hunter and ex-military comes pretty natural. I believe nowadays there is evil at every turn, it will not alter my lifestyle. You can’t prevent evil acts from happening, but you can prepare
      To respond accordingly. If we don’t let the politicians
      Disarm it’s law abiding citizens.

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