Americans are standing a little taller these days.
With the words “Let’s go,” three Americans tackled and hog-tied a man armed with an AK-47 and a box cutter on a high-speed train traveling from Amsterdam to Paris. Army National Guardsman Alek Skarlatos, 22, US Airman Spencer Stone, 23, and Anthony Sadler, 23, grew-up together and took action together secure in the knowledge that each would do his part. Stone was stabbed in the neck and had to have his thumb reattached. I don’t know if these men ever actually talked about such a situation, but these men now called heroes worked as one to avert many injuries and death.
Hubby and I had a talk after September 11, 2001, when passengers caused the premature crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Pennsylvania while trying to regain control of the flight This plane is believed to have targeted either the White House or the Capital Building. Hubby was flying frequently in those days, and we agreed that if action was needed to prevent a larger tragedy, he would do whatever he could, with my blessing.
If someone walks into a public place with an AK-47 and other weapons,don’t ask what his/her intentions are. In a place where weapons of any kind are usually banned, only the criminals have guns. Getting out the nearest exit and calling for help is my first choice of action. If a quick exit isn’t possible, I will assume my cloak of invisibility and hide. If I am close enough, I will throw something, swing something, and do anything I can think of to interrupt his/her plans.
I have had no military training, no martial arts training, and I am not even that fit, but I can swing a mean purse. I can’t believe I don’t have back trouble from carrying all that stuff around. My purse, traveling at enough speed, could rip a gun from a person’s hand, break an arm, knock someone for a loop. Plus I have meant to pick up some wasp spray to carry around and keep by my bedside, because I heard wasp spray is an effective deterrent if you aim for the eyes, and has a good reach, which means I can keep my distance.
Can you imagine a gunman in a room full of people screaming, “Let’s Go!” Can you imagine this gunman having to deal with multiple projectiles, and women using their purses and bags like bolas, while multiple people are aiming wasp spray at the gunman’s eyes? Hubby doubted my plan till he picked up my purse.
I hope neither of us are ever in a position to put this plan into action, but if we are, I’ve got your back.