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by Jack Rumbaugh Suarez International Director of Training It has been a little more than two weeks since the December 14, 2012 school shooting in Newtown Connecticut and I am still trying to wrap my head around the events of the day. One way to help us understand what happened is to look back on history to understand the psychopathology of the active shooter. We will examine six cases from 1949 to the present. One of the earliest incidents to be considered an active shooter event was in 1949 in Camden, New Jersey. On September 6th, Howard Barton Unruh killed 13 people and wounded three more. Prior to his trial he was diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia and found to be insane, and therefore immune from prosecution. He was committed to the New Jersey Hospital for the insane. His last public words were “I’d have killed a thousand if I had enough bullets”. He died in 1988, never having left the mental hospital. On August 1, 1966, Charles Joseph Whitman climbed to the 20th floor of the University of Texas at... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2013 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
Jack Rumbaugh, Suarez International Director of Training. The first thing that registers in your mind is that the noise you just heard should not be something you hear in the mall. You know immediately that something is wrong and that you are hearing the sound of an assault rifle being fired inside the building. Your Starbucks spills on the floor as you overturn the table, moving to the nearest cover. The panicked shoppers are running over each other trying to get to the nearest exit. You realize one of the terrorists is stepping out of an alcove, blocking the exit and raising his AK-47 to fire. He is only 20 yards away as you bring your RMR equipped Glock 19 to bear, allowing the dot to settle in the center of his chest. You struggle to get a clear field of fire but as the shoppers realize their mistake, they reverse course and are now stampeding right back your way. Depressing your pistol into Sul, you swim upstream until the field of fire clears. You have closed the distance to... Continue reading
Posted Nov 15, 2011 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
By Jack Rumbaugh, Suarez International Tier One Instructor I had the pleasure of teaching our Point Shooting Gunfighting Skills class over the weekend and we talked about extreme marksmanship being on one end of the shooting continuum and point shooting occupying the other end. That discussion prompted this first in a series of articles on what it takes to make that long shot. Most people would agree that pistols are considered close range, reactive weapons. "It's a defensive tool", they say. True, but with the proper application of marksmanship fundamentals, a skilled pistolero can turn a lowly Glock 19 into a weapon that can reach out and hit a man-sized target at 100 yards or more. I can hear the sacred cow worshipers now... "No way! It's heresy! Dogs and cats living together... Mass hysteria!!!!" My answer to that is if my students can do it after one Defensive Pistol Skills class, maybe you can too. It's all about the fundamentals. I would first like to discuss trigger control as it applies to long distance shooting. Trigger press is critical... Continue reading
Posted Jun 23, 2011 at GABE SUAREZ BLOG
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