Fully Automatic Terror: How to Survive a Barcelona Style Car Attack
It would seem that the new fully automatic we must concern ourselves with has nothing to do with scary black guns and more to do with transmission. Whether we are looking at radical Muslims in Europe or white supremacists in America they are using cars to kill people. Something tells me we have yet to see the end of this method of terror.
What’s most important to you the reader is how you can be prepared to deal with a situation like this. I have mulled over this topic and even wrote a full eBook for a client on surviving the terrorists top methods. From mining this issue I have pulled some gems and I want to spread them around in this article. We are going to explore a few ideas that can keep you safe
If you have been sleeping in a closet for the last 24 hours here is some catchup from CNN.
Spain saw one of its most violent days in recent memory as a spate of incidents throughout the country appeared to be connected to a terror attack Thursday in Barcelona that left 13 people dead and more than 100 injured.Authorities said they are working under the assumption that two other deadly events, a terrorist incident in the seaside city of Cambrils and a house explosion farther down the coast in Alcanar, were linked to the van attack in Barcelona that had ISIS taking credit.Also Thursday, two police officers in Barcelona were hurt when they were hit by a car, but police were unsure whether that was related to the other incidents.The deadly events began in the early evening with a van plowing through crowds on the renowned Las Ramblas avenue, a popular tourist section of Barcelona. Authorities said of the 80 people taken to hospitals, 15 were seriously hurt.
Surviving a Terror Attack by Vehicle
I know this gets beaten like an old, tired drum but you have to spend more time in the real world and less time in the screen. You have to be aware of your surroundings. These are anything but words. If you really want to see improvements in awareness you have to pay attention to how often you are distracted in public. Write this information down and try to do better next time. In otherwords, when you are out with family consider the following:
How many times do you check your phone?
How many times are you not paying attention to your surroundings?
How often do you find yourself engrossed in the conversation or activity?
Some activities like talking to a spouse and playing with kids require and deserve your full attention. Count them anyway and see what the overall situation looks like. Always try to do better.
If you are spending time in a group setting like a festival or something like that you must consider the fringes. In a crowd of people, those who are at the center of the swarm have less choices in an attack. They are trapped between bodies. If a car comes to mow down this crowd there is no where for those at the center of the crowd to go. They simply brace for impact.
By spending your time on the fringes you have the ability to act. This is step one. Be on the fringes. Have as many options as possible. Stay on the edges of crowds and don’t put yourself in a situation where you lose options. This is also great advice if you are concerned about riots.
- HIGH GROUND
If your awareness has worked in your favor and you see a car barreling out of control in your direction I want you to automatically consider the high ground. As silly as it may seem heading up a few steps could put you and your family out of harms way. Of course you must see this coming in time to react but taking the high ground will assure the impact of the car is left on a structure and not on your midsection.
Get up. Get high. Look for steps, porches, stone walls and things that you can get your family on top of. Another very effective high ground that is often abundant in situations like these are other cars! Jump on another car. Let the car absorb the damage.
Of course, this course of action assumes that you are in shape and fit enough to climb, quickly, to the high ground. So eat your greens, watch your sugar, do your pull-ups and do your yoga. Become a force for liberty! I will put together a routine and a diet if you need one. Just mention it in the comments.
If the high ground is not an options you must consider a barrier. You have to find yourself a sturdy barrier to put between yourself and the vehicle. Here are some great examples of barriers
- Short Walls
- Telephone Poles
- Concrete Structures
- Parking Poles
- Spaces Between Buildings
These are all great options. Use them. You must identify barriers and high grounds continuously as you are on your journey. None of this works if you don’t keep an eye out for the trouble and the opportunity.