Fortunately, the Second Amendment allows most Americans to have options.
The National Rifle Association has made a significant investment in online media in recent years. One of the shows on their Life of Duty channel is a series called “Defending Our America.” The show is a roundtable discussion featuring eight men who serve in a variety of military and law enforcement roles, speaking from the heart about what it means to serve this nation and defend the citizenry from enemies, both foreign and domestic.
Perhaps the most chilling episode of the series so far is Episode 8, “We’re Not Ready.”
This episode deals with a kind of terrorist attack that counterterrorism experts have been dreading since before September 11, 2001. They are preparing against a carefully-planned and orchestrated attack by a team of well-trained, well-armed terrorists with carefully scouted “soft targets,” such as schools, malls, theaters, sporting events, hospitals, and other venues that have a large number of people in close proximity that are relatively undefended.
The attack they particularly fear is an incident where one of these soft targets is assaulted in an effort to draw law enforcement into a pre-planned ambush. Terrorists are well aware of law enforcement’s post-Columbine tactics whereby officers are told to rush toward a mass attack and engage as they can as they arrive. These tactics have been effective against individual shooters with a grudge, but are nearly suicidal against a trained and determined enemy force lurking in ambush.