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Mardi Gras is over

I hope you all had a happy and safe Mardi Gras season.  There was much drinking, singing, parading, nudity and some violence.  The big news in Mardi Gras violence this year is in the shooting on burbon st.  If you find yourself in a similar situation there are some critical things to remember.  Bullets come out of the gun, and dont stop until they hit something solid enough to stop them (we call it cover).  So in a “crowd shooting” move away from the shooter and put people and things between you and the shooter.  People do stop bullets.  Another “safe” place to be is behind the shooter- think of a “line of sight” or a “cone of focus” if you cant be beyond it (cover) than try to be outside of it.  In this shooting, the gunman appeared to be shooting randomly at belly height into the crowd- in a situation like that where you find some random A-hole putting a gun to your belly you need to move the gun “off line” or deflect it.  Then you need to nuetralize the gunman.  Many people will focus their defensive effort on the “tool used”, not the “tool using”.  Taking the gun away is only reasonable if you can do it quickly and it results in death or injury of the threat person.  Doing anything besides trying to get some cover and distance between you and the shooter is unreasonable unless there is no other option.  In this case the shooter blasted four people in a massive crowd (on camera) and was able to calmly walk away- nobody who carries concealed would be carrying and celebrating Mardi Gras-  the police had to respond from a block away and through a crowd of thousands, and no rational person would try to shoot in a crowd of thousands- unless their life depended on it that is.  But of course this particular idiot didnt care about human lives, laws, his own stupidity, or even himself.  Think about that the next time people ask “why should I worry about self defense”, or “shouldnt it be illegal for people to do that”.

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