RESPONSE BY MEMBERS OF THE PUBLIC:
Yesterday I wrote a post praising the response by two very different groups of actors, the public and the police, simply from going off of the footage shown on the news and social media.
I absolutely stand by my full praise for both groups of actors.
Today, there is far more footage, and therefore a clearer picture can now be gained from the response of those brave members of the public who took the attacker down until police arrived on the scene.
Over the last 20 years, the UK has moved from acts of IRA type terrorism to acts of Islamist type terrorism, and just maybe in the future we could well see a blend of the two.
From a bomb placed with a warning, to a bomb placed without a warning, shootings, vehicle rammings, knifings and to the more recent suicide bombings, members of the public can’t afford to second guess what the individual terrorist will do.
There is footage that many would have seen by now, of a small group of men hounding the attacker with a large “staff” and a fire extinguisher. There is another still photo that I saw that showed that within seconds, at least 12 members of the public are surrounding the attacker, and within striking distance.
We also know today that the attacker was wearing an “inert” suicide vest…and that he was a known terrorist out of jail early!
So, given all of that evidence already, and now known by me sitting idly on my arse thousands of miles away in New York having been glued to the media for the last 18 hours or so. Then I now have much more information than the brave men who stepped forward to tackle the attacker back on London Bridge in real time yesterday.
Armed with such knowledge of all of the above, and reading this blog post, anyone stepping forward from now on…MUST finish the task!
You cannot afford to wait for the professional responders, ie the Police, as it may well be too late. If that attacker had a “live” suicide vest, or a second knife, or was on drugs, or just completely determined…then at worst case, those 12 or so brave men who stepped forward could all well be dead or maimed now.
I would have liked to have seen the man with the fire extinguisher follow through by smashing it into the scull of the terrorist, and keep doing it until the police arrive…or at least until the attacker is quite obviously dead…and therefore ceases to be a threat anymore to anyone else.
When any terrorists attack…sheer bloody violence is what these horrendous individuals need to be met with.
For those of you that often read my posts, you’ll know that I scream from the rafters for the general public to run away as fast and as far as possible…to safety.
However, with the “run, hide, fight” options based drill for such events…those that decide in the moment on the “fight,” really do need to take it to it’s final conclusion…to the death!
I keep saying it…whether caught up in today’s school or workplace shooting in the USA, or today’s Islamic fundamentalist attacks on the streets of the UK and Europe, the first responders are the members of the public caught up in the event…the professional responders are the police and other emergency services who may be seconds to minutes away…enough time for dozens more to be killed.