Why Did No One Fight Back? Questions Linger Over James Holmes Batman Movie Theater Shooting

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One of the
most shocking realization emerging from the James Holmes Batman
movie shooting rampage in Aurora, Colorado is the fact that nobody
apparently tried to stop the shooter.
This is absolutely baffling.
Out of at least 70 moviegoers (and maybe more, as numbers remain
sketchy at the moment), it appears that nobody tried to tackle him
to the ground, shoot back with their own gun, or even fight back
in any way whatsoever. The accounts of witnesses are those of people
fleeing, ducking and screaming… but not fighting for their lives.

This story
is in no way intended to blame those present at the theater for
what was obviously a horrifying, shocking and probably very confusing
event, but at the same time we must ask the question: Why did
no one fight back?

See
my previous story
, by the way, which asks other questions about
this shooting, such as where did Holmes get the training and the
funds to build a complex maze of flammable booby-traps?

“There were
bullet [casings] just falling on my head. They were burning my forehead,”
Jennifer Seeger told reporters in an LA
Times article
. “Every few seconds it was just: Boom, boom,
boom,” she said. “He would reload and shoot and anyone who would
try to leave would just get killed.”

Another bizarre
quote appears
in the Daily Mail
:

A baby
was shot at point blank range, the family were gathered around screaming.

Huh?

If the baby
was shot at point blank range, that means the shooter was right
there beside them. Instead of gathering around and screaming,
why didn’t the family tackle the shooter?

This is not
any sort of insensitive attempt at satire or blaming anyone, by
the way. This is purely an effort to ask a deeply disturbing question
that has been bothering me ever since this whole thing went down:

How can
a lone gunman fire off at least 100 rounds in a crowded theater
full of people and have NOBODY fight back, shoot back or attempt
to tackle him?

The guy literally
walked in, tossed a couple of smoke bombs, started shooting everybody
in sight, and for some reason that remains entire unexplained, they
let him do it
. When he finished, he walked out the door and
calmly surrendered to police, mission accomplished. He was never
shot at, stabbed, kicked, punched, tripped or attacked in any way
whatsoever, apparently.

It would
have taken at least two full minutes to carry out the attack

Importantly,
this shooting had to have taken several minutes to carry out.
To fire 100+ rounds of ammunition from any weapon requires multiple
reloads, each of which takes several seconds to carry out. There
would have been long pauses in the shooting. There has even been
a report that the AR-15 rifle used by the shooter jammed, which
would have created an even longer pause.

These pauses
are opportunities to bum rush the guy, or shoot back, or throw something
at him, or just punch him right in the jaw with everything you’ve
got. Holding a gun does not make you invincible. If anything, it
makes you very, very vulnerable to all sorts of attacks. As I learned
in my own defensive training, often alongside peace officers:

  • Nobody
    has eyes in the back of their head. Attacks from behind are very,
    very effective.
  • A gun only
    points in one direction at a time. It cannot shoot backwards,
    behind the person holding it.
  • A gas mask
    SEVERELY limits angle of perception of vision. Someone wearing
    a gas mask, as is reported in this incident, is ridiculously vulnerable
    to attacks from behind, from above, from the sides and from below.
  • No man
    can ignore a deliberate knee to the groin (from the front), or
    a “kickball” kick to the groin from behind. Such moves are taught
    in martial arts such as Krav Maga, and they are very, very effective
    at bringing any man to his knees, either screaming or even vomiting
    in pain.
  • At close
    range, guns are LESS dangerous than knives. A knife can cut along
    an entire geometric plane, but a gun can only fire at a single
    point in space. Guns jam, guns run out of ammo, guns need to be
    reloaded. A knife, on the other hand, has none of these limitations.
    Disarming someone with a gun is MUCH easier than disarming someone
    with a knife.

Something
doesn’t add up

It is bewildering
that during the several minutes it would have taken for Holmes to
fire 100+ rounds into the crowd, nobody fought back.

Again, I’m
not blaming the people there, I’m just bewildered that nobody fought
back. It doesn’t make sense. Unless, of course, the very fabric
of American culture is now so passive and afraid
that people
have forgotten how to take action in the face of fear.

I think I
speak for a great many concealed carry permit holders when I say
that if I had been in that theater, I would have been emptying magazines
in the direction of the threat (i.e. putting sights on target and
repeatedly pulling the trigger). Like many concealed carry weapon
holders, I would have turned that scene into what we sometimes jokingly
call a “two-way range.”

Like all other
concealed carry holders, I am reluctant to ever draw a weapon on
anyone, but I’m absolutely willing to do so in order to try to stop
a massacre from taking place.

What I can’t
understand is how apparently NOBODY in the entire theater had the
training or the presence of mind to fight back. This is truly astonishing
at every level. In America today, do people just lay down to
die
when there’s a gunman in the room? I’m not asking this to
be insulting in any way, I’m simply bewildered by the lack of action.
This is an honest question: WHY did no one act?

Shattering
myths: Guys with guns can be physically assaulted, even if you’re
unarmed

Here’s a news
flash for those who have never trained in these scenarios: Guys wielding
guns are very, very easy to disarm during reloads – far easier
than trying to disarm someone with a knife, as mentioned earlier.
“Weapon takeaways” are routinely taught in Krav Maga, for example,
and they are fast and effect, usually breaking the bad guy’s trigger
finger in the process.

Taking away
a weapon from a gunman is surprisingly easy. Forcing him to the
ground takes almost no effort at all. This shooter could have been
easily disarmed and pummeled to the ground by a single person,
not to mention two or three working together.

Instead, the
only reports we get from this incident are those of people screaming
and hiding
, or sometimes fleeing. To my knowledge, there are
no eyewitness accounts of anyone rushing the gunman, shooting back,
or trying to even trip him to fall on the floor. And yet empty shell
casings were literally falling right onto people within arms’ reach
of the guy.

As the
Daily Mail reports
:

Twenty-five-year-old
Jennifer Seeger, of Aurora, says she was in the second row, about
four feet from the gunman. She says she ‘was just a deer in headlights’
and ducked to the ground.

Tactically
speaking, there is absolutely no way that one person can shoot 70
people unless those 70 people just lay there and let it happen.
To shoot 70 people, the guy must have pulled the trigger at least
100 times, probably a lot more, as accuracy in these situations
is usually quite poor. Most likely we’re going to find up to 200
rounds
expended, once a final forensic count is completed.

News reports
say he used as 90-round ammo “drum” for the AR-15. These drums are
notoriously bad at feeding ammo, making them useless on the battlefield,
which is why soldiers never use them on their personal AR-15s (they
use 30-round mags). According to reports, Holmes’ AR-15 drum jammed
during the shooting (no surprise) and he had to abandon that weapon
and start using something else. All this would have taken time for
him to sort out, during which the shooter is completely vulnerable
to all sorts of grappling attacks, punches, kicks to the groin,
eye gouges, weapon takeaways, etc.

Yet, strangely,
nobody rushed the guy. Nobody shot back. Nobody tried to punch him.
I honestly don’t understand this.

A culture
of passive victims

It occurs to me
that maybe I’m different from most Americans today in the fact that
I am willing to fight back. For some reason, that seems to
be a rarity these days. Too many people have bought into learned
helplessness
, where they depend on the government to take care
of them, keep them safe and solve all their problems.

Once you outsource
your personal security to the government – usually by having
no defense skills and hoping 911 will respond quickly – you
make yourself an easy victim for violent criminals.

The true path
to personal safety and security is to learn how to protect yourself
and your loved ones. There are many ways to do that, from basic
hand-to-hand combat and martial arts skills to learning proficiency
in the “American martial art” of hand-gunning. I’ve personally trained
with numerous instructors who could have taken Holmes out from 20-30
meters away with a single shot to the head, with about 90% accuracy
even under pressure. There are lots of proficient firearms owners
across America, and a great many of them are carrying those weapons
into movie theaters, shopping malls, retail stores and even at the
airport. Why was no one carrying a concealed weapon at the Batman
movie theater in Aurora? I have no idea.

Again, it’s
difficult to second guess what really went down there with all the
confusion, the screaming, the smoke and so on. Maybe there were
concealed carry weapon holders in the room but they couldn’t get
a clear shot. One thing concealed carry holders are always taught
is to never shoot at a bad guy if there are innocent civilians behind
him. (You’re always trained to know what’s BEHIND your target.)
This might have made target acquisition difficult, but given the
reality of what was unfolding, it would seem logical to pull the
trigger anyway, as allowing the shooter to stand would clearly result
in a great number of additional deaths.

Also, there
is the distinct possibility that perhaps someone did pull a gun
on Holmes, but they got shot by him first. We don’t know the real
story on this until more information is released by investigators.
So perhaps there was someone who had the courage to fight back and
we just haven’t learned about them yet.

What we do
know, so far at least, is that no stories of attempted heroism have
emerged. Not a single account that I’m aware of, and I’ve been scanning
the stories. This is very, very strange. Something doesn’t add up
yet again.

Is American
culture now one of total surrender?

What I’m starting
to think really happened is that the American culture is becoming
one of total surrender to criminals. Why do people line up
at the airports and allow the TSA go grope their genitals? Because
they’re passive and they’ve surrendered instead of fighting back.
Why do stay silent when runaway criminality is happening all around
them in the form of armed
raids on raw milk farmers
and government
hit squads trying to kill farmers’ ranch pigs
in Michigan? Because
people are scared into silence.

Americans,
it turns out, are easy to terrorize. They’re easy to freeze into
a state of fear-based non-action. That fear can and will be used
against them, again and again. Look at the post 9/11 effort to crush
freedom and destroy the Bill of Rights. It succeeded because Americans
were terrorized and willing to give up all their liberties for the
false promise of a little security.

The police
cannot protect you

This is concerning
for lots of reasons beyond the Batman shooting. It means the population
is just cannon fodder for armed gangs of looters when the next collapse
comes, and the debt spending of the U.S. government absolutely guarantees
a financial collapse is just around the corner. (It’s only a matter
of time.)

It’s beginning
to look more and more like only those of us who have the natural
instinct to fight back – and who are willing to acquire fundamental
skills of personal defense – will be left standing in the long
run. Even those of us who have such skills will need to be both
well practiced and, to some extent, lucky. But luck has a way of
bending your way when you’re prepared, I’ve noticed.

I hope YOU,
the readers, are among those of us who are survivors. We need more
good people to survive and help lead our nation into a future of
liberty, abundance and lasting health. We need more good people
to survive social unrest, the aftermath of natural disasters, the
coming economic collapse, food shortages, roving bands of armed
gangs and so on. If anything, right now is a time for more people
to go out and get trained on personal defense, whether that’s with
martial arts, rape prevention classes, or even quality firearms
training.

It should
hopefully be obvious at this point that the police cannot protect
you
. Calling 911 is about as useless as crossing your fingers
and hoping you won’t die. And that’s even if 911 answers, because
911 services are easily taken offline even by wind storms (as we
saw recently in Washington D.C.). If you cannot protect yourself
and your family, you’re not ready for what’s coming, I believe.
Get prepared. Get some skills. Practice to the point of proficiency.
Decide to survive rather than surrendering to violence.

Much of this,
after all, is simply a mental decision. I have no idea why that
mental decision did not take place inside the Batman movie theater,
but I know that you and I can make that decision right now –
the decision to SURVIVE – and we can move forward in life with
the strength and power of sticking with that decision.

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