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Mindset: The Key to Successful Crisis Management

richard2416 Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 9:42 AM
As a 70 year-old gun dog it drives me crazy to see both young and old people walking with their heads up their behinds. Talking/texting on their phones they are in a walking coma. Talking on a phone usually limits your view to the side your phone is on. These people are screaming VICTIM! When I am out (armed) I am constantly scanning my area. Also you can tell a victim just the way they carry themselves. I call it walking strong when you project the “don’t mess with me because I will beat you down” attitude when you perceive a possible threat. Also it is always is a good practice to mark in your mind exits in a restaurant and set facing the entrance if possible. If I’m with a party I sit on the outside of a booth.
Bob F. RVN70-71 Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 10:42 AM
richard:
I am a Vietnam veteran, and to this day I will take a restaurant seat that faces the entrance. I also still walk at 180 paces per minute (standard marching cadence). There is no need to break good habits, and plenty reasons to keep them.
Publius4254 Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 10:52 AM
Bob,

Former Marine and police officer here. Like you I will always sit facing the entrance to a restaurant, preferably in a seat as far back from the entrance as possible so I will have fewer people at my back. I am also always checking out my surroundings whenever I walk anywhere, whether to r from court, out shopping with my wife, or taking the dog for a walk.
faoman Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 1:08 PM
Publius,

Semper Fi from one Marine to another. Was taught situational awareness in the Corps, and still practice it today. Has saved my bacon on multiple occasions.

Unfortunately, I see so many around me who are completely unaware. Not only are the a danger to themselves, but to others around them. They are also missing out on all of what is happening around them. So much more the pity.
Publius4254 Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 8:54 PM
Semper Fi, brother.

I agree. Many people are so clueless about what is going on around them that I could walk up on them and smack them in the head before they even knew I was there. Sad.
Publius4254 Wrote: Apr 18, 2013 10:33 AM
Situational awareness. Learn it, love it, live it.
rwright Wrote: Apr 19, 2013 4:38 AM
rwright Wrote: Apr 19, 2013 4:39 AM

* Editors note: TOWNHALL News Editor Katie Pavlich is participating in a multi-day firearms training course at the Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona. Stay tuned for daily dispatches. This is the sixth dispatch. As the dispatches accumulate, they'll all be available here.

PAULDEN, Ariz. - Do you walk with your head down? Do you walk while looking at your iPhone? Congratulations! You’re a perfect target for a violent attack.

“We call those people professional victims,” Gunsite instructor Mike Hughes said.

Criminals select their targets just like animals do. They prey upon the weak and those who...