Friday, September 23, 2016

Armed citizen on patrol in Centennial Hills

This... This is not helping. I am not sure what sort of impetus made this young man decide to do what he is doing but he is wrong. Well meaning or not his actions are at the very best intimidating and at worse moronic. This is not the impression responsible gun owners want to leave with the general public. Moreover he seemes to indicate that he wasn't prepared to shoot anyone.

So then why carry a gun openly? Purely the false theory that a gun is a magic talisman that will ward off evil. Open carry has not been shown to effect criminal activity in any significant way. Of course it will deter some crime but overall the determined criminal is not worried about some pencil neck geek with an AR15. Especially if he doesn't have the cojones to use it.

His "brief" time in the military can only indicate he was morally,mentally or physically unfit for duty. This sort of open carry buffoonery is what makes the general public think that "reasonable" restrictions on firearms are, well reasonable. We are shooting ourselves in the foot with these kind of displays. Pun intended.

If this young man wants to patrol his neighborhood and fight crime. I suggest he volunteers for public service. Become a law enforcement officer, become a EMT, try the military again. Whatever he does he needs to quit being "that guy."

Medical Class 9.22.16

4 motivated gentlemen now ready to aid themselves or others if needed

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Heart Saver CPR 18 Sep 2016

9 motivated and new students came out on a Sunday afternoon to learn how to save a life. Ages 13-75

Monday, September 19, 2016

CVO Gun Talk Episode 005

Today we talk about all of the classes that we offer, but beyond that we talk about why they are so important. It's not just "Land the Plane" class it goes way beyond that. Listen in to why, what, and where we make all of this happen. Along with some great discussion about why we do what we do because we're all human and we need to discover why we react the way we do.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Active Shooter Response Instructor Development Course

This past weekend I attended the I.C.E Training Company Active Shooter Response Instructor Development Course at Endeavor Defense and Fitness in Hilliard Ohio. I have been an instructor in the A.L.I.C.E. program for a few years and have conducted numerous seminars on this subject. However having trained and taught with I.C.E Training Company on the firearms side as a Defensive Firearms Coach and Combat Focus Shooting Instructor I knew any program they developed would have value. I also believe this subject is something that needs continued focus and applies to "gun people" as well as those that will never even touch a firearm.

I arrived a day early and was ready bright and early the next day for training. Upon arrival at Endeavor we signed a liability waiver and moved into the training room/classroom. Our Primary instructors would be Aaron Jannetti ,who was the prime mover in developing the Active Shooter Response program and Rob Pincus owner of I.C.E. and developer of the Combat Focus Shooting program . As always with any I.C.E course we started off with a discussion of the Safety,Comfort, and Competency. The context of the Active Shooter Response Course is to give a base understanding of an active shooter response geared towards individual actions.We then moved into History of Active Shooter events, some statistics provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and anecdotes on those "that took action." We also discussed "The Plan." I.C.E. teaches that the plan consists of Evade, Barricade and Respond/Fight. They made it very clear that they had not come up with some magic formula and that  many other programs recommended similar actions. However their approach to training and the depth of knowledge the instructors are required to demonstrate are what sets the program apart.

The majority of the rest of the day was spent teaching and training the physical drills that correspond to the RESPOND portion of the plan. The basic concept behind RESPOND is to do what you need to do to stop the "bad guy" from hurting you. We discussed basic strikes and how to teach them to people unfamiliar with physical aggression. We talked about tackles/wrapping up. We talked about using third leverage points and ground fighting. We also were introduced to the concept that there are no bystanders and everyone has a job, We discussed gear selection and training area set up. And by talked about I mean we demonstrated and participated in these drills. Heart rates were elevated at times and we also discussed how to scale the drills for those that may or may not be used to physical activity. The first day ended about 6 pm.

Day 2 was primarily taught by Rob Pincus and we extensively covered the other two parts of the plan.  We talked about the EVADE concept, getting to a place where the "bad guy" can't hurt you. Talking about being prepared and not paranoid. Discussing non traditional evasion options and how to employ them. We talked about differences between active shooters,spree killers and mass shootings. We then moved on to the BARRICADE concept of doing what you need to do to keep the "bad guy" from hurting you. We talked about close quarter battle tactics and relative positioning in a room depending on if you are armed or not. We talked about improvised weapons and hiding as a subset of barricading. We also talked about auxiliary concepts to include arming ourselves and communication. The day ended with lecture on Demystifying the Gun. The day was also sprinkled with 3-4 teach-backs where we had to demonstrate or explain the concepts and principles we had just been taught. These were subjectively evaluated and follow up questions were asked. It is not possible to recreate the incredible depth of knowledge and detail that was imparted on these subjects. I have over 20 pages of notes. This is very typical of the I.C.E. instructor development process. They truly make you a subject matter expert and teach you how to teach. Day 2 ended about 8 PM with follow on homework to be completed after class and studying to be done for the next days written exam.

Day 3 started with a lecture on inducing weapon malfunctions and then moved into a block on Immediate Casualty Care. I like this course's approach on casualty care. It is simple and the emphasis is on doing what you can with available materials. This is another area in which this course is set apart from something like A.L.I.C.E. In the two day instructor course for A.L.I.C.E we never once talked about casualty care. As a paramedic some of the concepts taught for ICC in this course caused me to think about how I am teaching my own 4 hour course on lay person trauma care. Good stuff..good stuff. We continued with more teach backs on the material. After ICC we discussed reality based scenarios. We talked about scenario development,safety for students and role players. We then spent the rest of the afternoon participating in and running various scenarios. Once all the scenarios were run and debriefed we took the written test.  We were required to achieve a 90% on the written portion and as is normal the test was not a gimme. After the completion of the written test we debriefed the course and ended operations. This course was intense as expected and if certified I am excited about adding this course to my calendar of offerings.