Following a spate of high-profile mass shootings in the US, many Americans are looking to prepare themselves for a future attack, learning how to defend themselves or at the very least maximize their odds of survival. While foreign military and law enforcement officials have often draw on Israel’s experience with terrorism, some Israeli counter-terror experts say even American civilians could benefit from the Jewish state’s example.
According to a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, after the recent mass shootings in Las Vegas and Texas, growing numbers of Americans have been signing up for courses preparing them for active shooter scenarios, where they are taught rudimentary self-defense skills.
“The demand for the courses around the country reflects a growing acceptance among many Americans that they may face a shooting in their lifetimes,” the Journal wrote.
Even basic preparedness can save lives, one counter-terror expert says, with the ability to remain calm and think clearly during an attack often making the critical difference between life and death.
IDF Colonel (Res) Sharon Gat, the CEO and founder of Caliber 3, a counter-terrorism academy in Israel, told Arutz Sheva that preparedness is the key to emerging from a shooting attack unscathed.