If you will permit me to beat a dead horse (and soon to be rotted and turned to dust ) for a minute here I want to post a bit about the insanity that erupted in TX.
The fellow above,Stephen Willeford was able to act and be there decisively when the cops , and the feds or the army or the IRS or even Barrack the Benevolent could not be. Hearing the attack, he got to his safe and grabbed his AR15 equipped with a red dot. Not having a loaded magazine, he single loaded some as he was moving toward the sound of the slaughter. No word on if the AR had a shoulder thing that goes up or not in for the who are wondering. He ran out and engaged the maniac.
Stephen Willeford and the fellow citizen who helped him chase down and cover the killer should be the pictures and names being pasted all over the internet and news. Their actions and image are the ones that should become house hold names, Not the filth that started this thing. Of course the media has to post the killers dull eyed moronic cowardly face over and over. We don’t be doing that here. I am a firm believer that people like that should be denied the attention they wanted and that giving it to them inspired futures idiots.
The Men acted heroically. They may not think so and they will no doubt deny it as the weeks and months past, but they are. Crowder has an interview with him below. I doubt many of you have not seen it yet.
If you can’t watch video because you are at work, truth about guns writes a recap I am going to skip doing.
Sutherland Springs “Good Guy with a Gun” Stephen Willeford: “I Got My AR-15 Out of My Safe . . .” [Video]
There are some lessons to take away from the response of Mr.Willieford that any responsible, honest student of self defense should spend some time looking at and thinking of. It is NOT a criticism of him or his bravery to do an after action analysis.
I know some reading this will think I am being Mr. Obvious and everyone already knows all this and trains and prepares for it, But there is a lot more who don’t.
Not having loaded magazines ready to go. Even if it was only one to stick in the back pocket. It’s sobering to think what could have happened had he ran out engaged the killer and ran out of ammo before making a lethal hit.
Having to open a safe to access a firearm in a seconds count- life or death – stop watch is ticking emergency. I know this may be something some have to deal with depending on state or country. I can not imagine not having a minimum of a rife ( carbine) and pistol available to me within seconds in my home. With a way to loaded mags to support it along with it. When away from home my vehicle may or may not have access to a long gun and ammo, and of course I carry a side arm with minimum of 2 reloads.
Our hero did everything he could and I’m sure he will doubt his actions and what else he could have done for years to come . I don’t want to add to that on him but you have to think about these things. It can happen and you have to be ready to act to save yourself or others. Think about where you have stuff and how to get to it as fast and safely as possible.
Ammo selection. We don’t know what our good guy used and while it worked there is no reason not to think about it. Bad guys are using body armor and more sophisticated “gear” more and more. Walmart bought value box ammo in your 556 may not be the best choice. Of course if you have enough of it and can shoot the target enough times anything can work. If you haven’t been thinking about it, its time you wake up to the fact you may have to contend with body armor and the accuracy it takes to shoot smaller targets not covered and do the most damage to that exposed part that you can.
Accuracy. Many, who think they can actually can’t make an offhand standing shot on a head sized target with a red dot at even 50 yards. That isn’t counting having a heart rate of 400 while some one is about to or is shooting at you. nothing but center mass practice at 20 yards and less just doesn’t cut it anymore. Yep if you shoot some one with body armor in the chest 30 times, the target will take notice but you may not have the chance or the time or any number of factors.
Good guy body armor? Many people have it, including all of us here. If our hero had it and had time, it would have been wise for him to don it. That is a huge IF though. Seconds passing meant more victims. But would another death have helped thing if plates or armor had stopped a round from the bad guy? I feel like the time it took to slip on at least body armor could have been offset by not having to diddle with a safe combination lock. On the other hand, if maybe, you can act fast and decisively enough on the threat…
On the other hand if the police show up and you are wearing body armor with a carbine in your hand etc.. Not easy or possible to think about once the maniacs start or a terrorist attacks happen.
Anyone who wants to discuss any of this please do so in the comments and at some point I will add them into the post. Hopefully we will be able to learn from this and help people act even faster and with more safety in case of future events. Hopefully some great points can be added from our knowledgeable commenters and we can create something here that may help some people.