“His response was to fight it with the only weapons at hand—passive resistance and open displays of contempt.” ― Kurt Vonnegut, The Sirens of Titan
I live in any-small-town USA. My town has, exactly 10,911 people in it, and it’s hosting an “active shooter awareness” meeting this week.
While the town doesn’t have an MRAP yet, or even a donut shop, it does have two police departments protecting and serving our taxpayers. One for daytime, and one for night time is what the doctor, and the city council ordered. And, a few apartments paid for by Homeland Security grants! That’s good for our local economy.
And, something better than even all that: lots of almost famous people, out of work or partially employed actors, a few artists of note, and, probably unlike most everytown USA’s across America, my town has the distinction of being famous for shootings-movie shootings, of some of the most notorious social panic inducing films of all time.
Films like “Invasion of the Crotchy Scratchers” warned people about the risks of guilt by association, and “Children of the Cornpone” which was a film about assimilation anxiety. They were filmed on Main Street, right over there by the real estate office.
And, these movies were some of my countries most famous trance formations, back during the swinging 70’s and 80’s when too many hairy foreign men wore silky unbuttoned shirts and cat called women-OUR DAUGHTERS- in disco’s. There was an epidemic of testosterone, feuled by cocaine and the BeeGees.
Moral panics, social engineering through fear, and false narratives are crucial to the health of American families, towns, and institutions.
While many people might think that socially engineered moral panics based in false narratives aren’t worth every dime of tax payer dollars spent, I disagree- because rapists and pedophiles and terrorists are everywhere, waiting to run down the streets in tight jogging clothes, or do revenge porn on our children, wives and maybe even the family pit bull.
But good guys are placed strategically throughout our institutions to ensure that your children are safe. Infragard members monitor suspects secretly online, our charitable clubs like Rotary and the Masons keep people excluded an surveilled. This is what makes America great!
Maybe “America tortured some folks,” or broke every single intention of the founding fathers and “their version” of Constitutional history, and so on over the last decades. Maybe some people were abused with un-warranted surveillance and organized community groups. But do you really want Allah bin Bunburying to raise your kids?
And maybe my country didn’t have a backup plan for when those folks whose rights were sytematically violated get pissed, raise awareness, or file class action lawsuits ( those types of people are KILLING AMERICA with personal injury lawuits!)
Sure-some even call these events like the drills in San Bernardino that took place every month, month after month ‘staged extra-judicial homicides,’ and imply thst those terrorists were dragged there by ‘three large white men.’ What kind of conspiracy poppycock is that?! But in my town we miss the good old days, like in the old days when citizens could rouse the rabble, and people were lynched.That was the real America! Getting rid of outsiders, by insiders.
Well I say fuhgeddaboutit, you there sticking up for the rights of terrorists and kid touchers! Get over it, already. These are new times that require new methods of extra-judiciality! Learn to forgive. Learn to look the other way! These are not nice people we’re talking about anyways-these are ‘influencers,’ and worse.
It’s what Christ would want. And, it’s what Father O’Pedius, at our church was telling someone on the town blog the other day in a discussion about the local pedophile who has ties to the military, mass media, AND government officials, and police in my city.
Tolerance is preached in every pulpit here. But that doesn’t mean we look the other way when foreign invaders drink coffee like they belong here. There’s a special place in hell for those guys. It’s called the Terrorist Threat Assessment Matrix, and if you rock the boat in my town, well, let’s just say we’ll list you, and then drill you.
Besides, these drills net each officer a cool grand or so in cash, counting training, overtime, etc.Better they get the money, than some pothead who shakes down the local liquor store for Doritos, soda pop and cigars, draining our local economy.
Well anyways, here’s some facts below about the cost of active shooter drills, from a reliable source in Rotary Clubs interntional:
“Within the last five years, there have been at least 14 prominent, high-casualty producing active shooter incidents. Most of these cases have occurred in locations where the shooter has been undeterred and unobstructed from carrying out his attack. The incident locations have often been described as soft targets with limited active security measures or armed personnel to provide protection for members of the public.
Active Shooter Training, School Senario
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The Alarming Rise of Active Shooters
Between 2000 and 2008, there were about five active-shooter incidents every year, according to the Justice Department. Since 2009, that annual average has roughly tripled!
As a result of these startling statistics there is new emphasis on active shooter training. Lots of training classes in many forms and delivery formats are popping up.
Beware of Free Training
Free first responder training is rarely truly free. The training class itself including instructors and materials may be offered free as a result of DHS, FEMA or DOJ grants however most grants will not cover the cost of salaries, backfill or overtime. So when an opportunity for “free” training is offered be aware there are in most cases still costs involved. Many departments, especially smaller agencies or volunteer departments, struggle with financial and logistical obstacles of training, such as required staffing levels or response requirements to attend training. So while the class may be advertised as free there are likely to be hidden costs.
Profile of an Active Shooter 
An active shooter is defined as:
“An individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a conﬁned and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use ﬁrearm[s] and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.”
An Active Shooter is an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a conﬁned and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use ﬁrearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims.
Active shooter situations are unpredictable and evolve quickly. Typically, the immediate deployment of law enforcement is required to stop the shooting and mitigate harm to victims. 
Last April, Attorney General Eric Holder urged Congress to approve a $15 million dollar funding request for the VALOR Initiative grant program. A major share of this funding allocation would be directed toward active shooter training.
In his plea for the VALOR funding request Holder said “that the FBI’s Behavioral Threat Assessment Center, which supports state, local and campus safety officials, has responded to a nearly 200 percent increase in requests for assistance in the past year and has helped detect and mitigate potential active-shooter threats. “But we must also be prepared to respond quickly and effectively to active-shooter incidents if and when they do occur,” Holder said. “And in today’s world, the first response must often be led not by SWAT teams or specialized police units but by the very first patrol officers to arrive on the scene.”
“But we must also be prepared to respond quickly and effectively to active-shooter incidents if and when they do occur,” Holder said. “And in today’s world, the first response must often be led not by SWAT teams or specialized police units but by the very first patrol officers to arrive on the scene.”
Over the past decade, the Justice Department and the FBI have helped provide active-shooter training to some 60,000 officers, on-scene commanders and local, state and federal agency heads, according to the Justice Department.
Of the requested $15M by AG Holder the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center at Texas State University at San Marcos hopes to receive around $7M. According to the ALERRT web site, since the program was created in 2002 as a partnership between the University, the San Marcos Police Department and the Hays County Sheriff’s Office to address the need for active shooter response training for first responders. Using more than $25 million in state and federal grant funding in the last ten years, the ALERRT Center has trained more than 50,000 police officers nationwide in dynamic, force-on-force scenario-based training. With a backlog of about 300 requests for training at ALERRT approval of the FY 2015 VALOR funding is critical.
In March of 2013, the FBI announced that ALERRT is the national standard through which they are training their agents….”
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