Chris’s article in the current issue, 257, struck a chord with me.
There was another school shooting today, this time in Pennsylvania. I’m currently in high school, and I guess it wasn’t so long ago that i made a promise to myself. After Columbine I decided that i would never be a victim in a school shooting. Although it’s pretty damn unlikely that this would happen in my school, i decided that if i ever saw someone with a gun i would take action. Hero Complex? Possibly. Damn stupid? Probably. Chances of surviving? Nil.
For all my bravado and woodcraft(I was a redneck youth: Hunting, Fishing, Shooting, Tracking, etc) I realized i’d be pretty useless in an urban combat situation. I’m a decent size (6’1, 238, 14%), go to school in a city where drive-by shootings at school are almsot common, been in a few fights, and a few other nasty situations.
I realize that if the person weilding the weapon has any experience at all i’m as good as dead, but in many cases fast action can make all the difference in the world.
How many of us would wish to do the same, but how many could? That said, here’s a handy little quote from the article:
"Since 9/11 I’ve received my concealed carry permit. I’ve been trained in “urban combat” by professionals who use these skills every day to survive. I’ve learned how to disarm an attacker. I’ve learned knife fighting skills from Special Forces instructors who can tell you what it smells like when you cut a man’s throat. I’ve memorized the bleeddown tables and learned adrenaline control techniques from former military snipers. "
Where do I sign up? Seriously. I think the above course list is pretty much required by any aspiring T-Man. I’m specifically talking about the Close Quarters Combat skills.
So I ask Chris, if he reads this, to provide information to anyone interested in travelling down the Testosterone Road Less Traveled.