Former SEAL Sniper Offers Survival Strategies for Aurora-Like Situations

Wednesday, 25 Jul 2012 10:31 AM

By Patrick Hobin and John Bachman

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A good plan taken now is better than a great plan never executed, says former Navy SEAL sniper Brandon Webb in an exclusive Newsmax.TV interview, who offered this and other bits of advice to those who find themselves in situations like the Aurora, Colorado movie theater massacre.

Webb wants to bring awareness to the average citizen and told Newsmax he wants to share some of lessons he learned as a SEAL to help people protect themselves in scenarios such as mass shootings. Webb is also editor-in-chief of SOFREP (the Special Operations Forces Report), a website on which he first posted his advice.

The key, Webb told Newsmax, is about “developing habits and reaction scenarios for these types of situations. We used to do a drill in the SEAL teams where you would create a space around 20 feet away and you would try and draw your weapon and fire at a person running towards you. And even 20 feet away, you could close that distance and get to somebody before they can take a shot. So I’m not advocating that people confront these types of sick individuals head on but in some cases, it takes seconds to just realize, ‘Okay. I need to something. I cannot just sit here and do nothing.’”

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Webb said it takes just seconds to jump a wall to escape or to run away. “If that guy is between you and an exit, you can be on that person in seconds. But it just takes really some awareness, aware of your surroundings,” he said.

“It takes seconds just to realize your surroundings and to avoid certain situations that become high payoff for these terrorists whether it’s domestic or foreign. Opening nights anywhere I stay away from just because, when you look at return on investment, a lot of these terrorists they want Yankee Stadium at full capacity rather than 30 percent capacity,” he told Newsmax.

As a sniper, Webb said, he would stress the difference between cover and concealment. If someone is spraying bullets, hiding behind a movie seat will provide some cover but not protection from a flying bullet.

“So, in this situation, looking at these movie theaters, a lot of times you have those concrete barricades or put several rows of seats in front of you just to buy you time to have a plan,” Webb said. “I talk about a good plan executed now is better than a great plan never executed. A lot of raising awareness around these issues will protect lives in the future and enable people to take action.”

He compared the willingness to take action to the passengers of flight 93 during the September 11 attacks. “Those people knew that, ‘Okay, two planes just hit the towers. We’re not going to be victims,’ Webb said. “And, even though that resulted in tragedy, those people went down fighting on that airplane . . . We need to empower citizens to give them the knowledge and empower them to make reactive decisions in the future and think self-rescue, not just close our eyes and hope somebody shows up.”

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