Last week a close friend lent us an audio series by Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.). Lt. Col. Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, soldier and speaker who is one of the world's foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.
Grossman is an Airborne Ranger infantry officer, and a prior-service sergeant and paratrooper, with a total of over 23 years experience in leading U.S. soldiers worldwide. He retired from the Army in 1998 and has devoted himself to teaching, writing, speaking and research. Today he is the director of the Killology Research Group, and in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, he is on the road almost 300 days a year, training elite military and law enforcement organizations worldwide about the reality of combat.
I tell you all this because as a private citizen who has accepted the responsibility of carrying a Concealed Carry Weapon, our reaction, if we are ever involved in a shooting, will be much like the reaction of a soldier in combat. So we have much to learn from Lt. Col. Grossman and his research.
The Bulleproof Mind. In this series, you'll learn how the body responds to lethal combat; what happens to your blood flow, your muscles, your judgment, memory, vision and hearing when someone is trying to kill you. It is the most comprehensive study and presentation on how to adopt the Warrior Mindset and save your lives and the lives of others when faced with a situation and an active shooter. The series contains the following topics: The Hidden Truth About Lethal Combat; How the Body Responds to Combat (parts 1 and 2); The Bulletproof Mind; Terrorism and School Violence; Who is Teaching our Kids to Kill.
Grossman is an effective speaker with an engaging teaching style. His CDs are full of case studies that emphasize the tenets he is promoting, while giving you a site picture you can easily understand and sympathize with. We need to know how our minds and bodies react when faced with violence, so that through training we can eliminate the holes in our defense and more effectively stop a lethal attack.
Here's an example of one of his scenarios: "As the firefighter knows fire, so you must know violence," Grossman warned. How does that pertain to shooting victims? Grossman posed the question of how many kids have been killed by school fires in the past 25 years in all of North American. The answer? ZERO! He then noted that in 1998 alone, school violence had resulted in 35 dead; 250,000 injured. And lest you think 1998 was an anomaly, Grossman noted 48 died from school violence in 2004, and 32 died at the Virginia Tech massacre in 2007--- that was in only one incident!
Our society has taken measures in regards to fire by setting up multiple redundant, overlapping layers of protection. No one calls extravagant fire prevention efforts into question, but when it comes to preventing violence in schools, no such preventative measures are discussed. If fire exits and fire drills are a part of our educational training, why aren't we instituting two exits, a securable door, and drills to stop violent offenders in our schools? The big reason, according to Grossman: DENIAL!
Anti-gun legislators want to take away the guns, but refuse to regulate violent video games. Citing research he has conducted himself, Grossman advised that the "the average kid has practiced over 1,000,000 kills in a simulator", i.e., video games, which these days are "total virtual reality simulators." Our kids are simulating robberies, kills and thefts for hundreds of hours on end.
It is in this vain, we must inoculate ourselves; expose ourselves to the "disease" in a controlled manner. Firefighters face fire to train; we must face stress and fear. We've got to train our hearts and minds to be ready!
This is just the tip of the iceberg in valuable instruction from Lt. Col. Grossman. His training goals can be summarized in the following way: his objective is to help you be better able to deter violence, less likely to panic, and more likely to live. You can purchase the Audio CD for $60, and it will be money well-spent. I know we will listening to our set over and over.
Psalm 55:9 "Lord, confuse the wicked, confound their words, for I see violence and strife in the city."