- “The Kingdom of Thailand weeps for its children. Only a wounded healer like Mr. Pornchai Moontri could tell such a devastating story and yet leave readers feeling inspired and hopeful. This is indeed a gift. I have read many accounts of this tragedy, but none told with such elegant grace.” — Dorothy R. Stein
Tag Archives: School Shootings
Elephants and Men and Tragedy in Thailand
Filed under Law enforcement, Terrorism
Fellow priests: take BORTAC’s Uvalde tact
That picture above shows the chief to the left (on the phone) and a few others. Apparently, the deadly “by-stander syndrome” had gripped a few of the officers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde:
- “There’s someone else in charge, and we need to choose our battles and be prudent and live to fight another day. So what if there’s ongoing sporadic gunfire.”
BORTAC arrives, negatively assesses that “rationale”, goes in and instantly neutralizes the threat of the shooter as was possible to all 376 responding officers.
There is no choosing such battles. Each one must be fought, first time, every time, regardless of any stand-down orders. The guy who doesn’t fight every single battle like the one in Uvalde will never fight in any battle unless he radically converts.
Analogy for the priesthood. You have heard that it was said:
- “There’s an epic battle with hell going on right now with bishops everywhere attacking faith and morals and the spiritual life and reverent liturgy, and, we’re gripped by the deadly “by-stander syndrome.” We priests have to stand by each other and say that someone else is in charge, and because of that we’re going to say that we’re forced to stand by idly all day and do nothing, we’re being forced to go along to get along, forced to live and fight another day, because you gotta choose your battles, you know, you gotta be prudent, you know. We’re the clever ones, the sophisticated ones, the one’s who have the power of being aloof, with power to have the largess to tolerate even hell, watching everyone go to hell. That’s on them, but we’re good to go. We’re heroes. We’ve seen it all. We can accompany even Satan himself. We’re the ones. We’re the only ones. Learn from us who are prideful and arrogant of heart.”
Meanwhile, the church and the world run as fast as possible into hell. The guy who doesn’t fight today will never fight tomorrow unless he radically converts. Every battle for doctrine, morals, the spiritual life, reverent liturgy must be fought. We have to be ready to die on any hill during any fight, and then go to heaven bringing many others to heaven with that example, with that intercession of one’s very life for the salvation of souls.
Filed under Law enforcement, Priesthood, Terrorism, Vocations
Uvalde tactics killed kids. Here are new rules called “The Little Kid Protocol.”
This is hindsight not for accusation but for immediate tweaking of tactical rules:
- Practically speaking, there is no such thing as an unloaded gun. You always treat all guns as hot. The next guy to take the gun makes sure it’s cold. Obvious right? Even the best of the best don’t do this every time. And they shoot themselves or others accidentally. In the same way, there is no such thing as a room unoccupied by injured victims in immediate need of medical attention. Every room needs to be cleared, starting with the room from which all indicators scream is the room with the shooter.
- To repeat: No matter what anyone says, there are no dead victims in a mass shooting, ever. You always assume that they are still alive and that you must rescue them now, but the shooter is blocking you from doing that, which blocking you must assume is actively murdering people.
- There are no active shooters that become “barricaded” for all the reasons above, always, without exception.
- You always do the rescue immediately, regardless of the guy having better weapons, regardless of his being strapped with bombs, regardless of his better ballistic protection. Take the brain-box shot, every time.
“But those rooms are vacant!” But say that teachers, admin, faculty, staff of the school, and all law enforcement officers already on scene tell you insistently that it’s a barricaded situation, that no one was in the room when the shooter went in and barricaded himself. DON’T BELIEVE IT. You treat the room as full of victims bleeding out who must instantaneously be rescued.
Proof of concept: Remember that little kid in the first seconds of the surveillance video who was coming out of the restroom two seconds after the shooter walked by on his way to that classroom to shoot up everyone there? Do you remember how that little kid turned back and ran into the restroom to hide?
Let’s turn that scenario around. Let’s say that the classroom was out for recess (and the shooter came into the school from a different direction). Let’s say the little kid had been an extra long time in the restroom and the teacher forgot about him before everyone going outside. Let’s say that little kid goes back to his classroom and is shot by the shooter who went into the classroom before the little kid saw him. Let’s say that that little kid looks dead to the shooter but is only slowly bleeding out and can be saved by immediate medical attention. Let’s say that law enforcement officers arrive to the classroom minutes later and are told that those classrooms are vacant because everyone was out for recess, and that surely the shooter was using the room as a base to shoot out at the playground, but that after an initial barrage of shots, stopped shooting. So he’s barricaded, right? Wrong. That little kid who had gone to the restroom is dying because someone made an assumption.
NEVER make assumptions. See the rules up top.
Let’s call those rules: “The Little Kid Protocol.”
Filed under Law enforcement, Situational awareness, Terrorism
Church & School Shootings: Next Step
I have a number of FFL friends, that is, those who are Federally Licensed to sell Firearms. They tell me stuff. I heard something just now that provided an obvious next step to be brain-stormed and implemented as a Federal program – so that’s it’s consistent throughout the nation – but whose input is especially from local law enforcement vetting “if you see something, say something” information.
The idea would be to have a dedicated web-page with a color coded threat scale for a particular region. People would take a regional threat scale much more seriously than something as generic as North America or the contiguous United States. With the color coding for a local region, no one could game the system and have any certainty of results for any desired fame and notoriety: they said something and the coding changed, but they don’t know why.
What happened is that a guy showed up at an FFL and creeped out my friends so badly that they called law enforcement to listen in ever so nonchalantly to the lengthy conversation. Mind you, these FFL guys had been sworn law enforcement themselves and they’ve seen about everything and don’t get creeped out over nothing. The on-duty guys couldn’t catch out the guy in conversation and so left. But the guy was so creepy, going into the finest detail of the recent shootings, and into the finest detail of what he wanted to be able to do with the most damaging ammo in the most damaging way to the human body that the FFL guys called the on-duty law enforcement guys again.
I’m NOT talking about red-flag laws here. I’m talking about warnings to those who could alert security teams of churches and schools that there is a possible risk in the local region, you know, by color coded levels of threat. Again, just for, say, regions of a state.
Filed under Situational awareness, Terrorism
BBs / pellets vs East Atlanta school kids: those will turn into bullets
“Ten Georgia elementary school students were recovering from non-life-threatening injuries on Thursday after being shot by a BB or pellet gun while playing outside, officials said.”
That’s East of Atlanta. People come up from that area to the parish here in Western North Carolina just about every weekend, which makes it feel close to home.
I recall Frankie-dog across the street getting shot with a pellet gun. He had to get surgery but the pellet couldn’t be removed, but there’s a clear picture of it on the x-ray.
The thing is, people who can shoot dogs just to do it can shoot people just to do it. The stats reflect a clockwork dynamic. No connection here, obviously, what with the geography. But what I’m saying for those in East Atlanta is this: Look for someone shoots animals with pellet guns and surely you’ll have your school shooter. Do it now. It’ll go from BBs / pellets to bullets soon enough.
I myself know what it’s like to be shot with a pellet gun, a gas-powered pistol, when I was a little kid, smack in the middle of my forehead. I had to pry it out. Not a pleasant experience. Some years later, the same guy shot at me with a .22 long rifle. Yep.
Also, by the way, and just to say, pellet guns look like real guns.
Also, by the way, and just to say, pellet guns are real guns. They can kill humans. It depends where they hit and the circumstances, but, yes, they can kill.
How FBI could’ve found Nikolas Cruz in 5 mins flat: get a stopwatch
- Upon a terrorist mass-killing “chatter” (that’s enough), you have your FISA attorney request an emergency warrant from your judge friend at the FISA court, filling in the forms on your iPad while walking into the courtroom, interrupting another less urgent hearing, pressing the print button for the printer just there, inside the door, and handing the paper to the judge. < 90 secs.
- Review and approval time for the judge: < 30 secs.
- With deals already from social media platforms, you get his I.P. address: < 90 secs.
- Take the IPv4 / IPv6 address and copy it into your locator app! Hey! < 15 secs.
- Call local law enforcement and have the guy cuffed and stuffed: more or less 1 min, 13.5 secs (adrenaline!) = 4 mins 58.5 secs = < 5 mins.
Conjecture, you say? Think again.
- I’ve dealt with some pretty evil people in my life, so, I’ve been interested to see just how long this would all take in case the necessary had to be done by our finest.
- I just happen to know law enforcement who are at the top of their game in hunting down people, those who are so good at what they do that they are consultors for everyone else internationally on ways and means and policies. They get the big bucks for their expertise.
- If you know the IPv4 / IPv6 it takes really no time at all to get a physical dwelling for a cable connection or to triangulate them if it’s wifi.
- Add 1.5 seconds for those who pay the bucks to hide their IP address = total 5 minutes.
“No! You gotta ID him, get pictures, blah blah blah,” you say? No, you don’t. You get the guy while he is online. (He’s constantly online). The guy who’s messing on those social media platforms at that physical address or on that triangulated device gets thrown to the floor or pavement or PIT maneuvered. Easy peasy.
So, why let 17 people die?
- There is a benign reason. There is a lot of terrorist “chatter”. There really is. You have to triage issues as you only have so many resources to employ. That’s true. It’s just the way it is. Unwitting mistakes can be made and are made.
- Malice is possible. There are plenty of political motivations. No, really. People just absolutely don’t care. I myself have heard this from people at the very top of things, even recently:
“Just let them die. Let them all die. Who cares? If that’s what it takes to make political change, let it happen. Let them all go to hell.”
Yep. I heard it. I’m NOT saying this happened in this instance, just that it can happen.
For the naive: This is the normal modus agendi for militaries and governments around the world. Don’t think our intelligence services are above that.
Look, I’m a HUGE supporter of Law Enforcement also on specialized levels. They’ve helped me throughout my life. They know that. They know I’m right about this too. They see it all the time.
- Things are never as they seem.
- People don’t want to see things as they really are.
And those are two things that can be taken up and manipulated at will.
Look, again, with no real computers and with almost non-existent wifi and with no law enforcement resources I myself could find this guy. It might take me twice as long, like ten whole minutes. There’s face recognition. Google image search.
I mean, as I think of this, they could have put in a data base the guns he had (wildly various) and see who has that combination of guns, legally. That would narrow it down to like, one person, right?
What does that mean?
- The FBI could have found him really very quickly.
- The FBI is blatantly lying right NOW in saying that they couldn’t find him.
What does that mean?
Just to say: the cover-up is always worse than the crime.
Filed under Intelligence Community, Terrorism