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– Shooting Illustrated 2/18/2011 By Bryce M. Towsley
– Posted for noncommercial and informational use only. – sd

As the likelihood of a small-scale act of terrorism continues to increase, SIG Sauer Academy’s “Civilian Response to Terrorist Threats” course is designed to keep you alive.

It’s clear to anybody paying attention that terrorist attacks are on the rise in the United States. While the government and news media try to downplay the terrorist connection, many of the recent shootings and other events are clearly acts of terrorism.

A captured al Qaida training manual provides insight into the plans and strategies for terrorism. The plan takes several routes to the organization’s insidious goals, including social disruption, infiltration, obfuscation, propaganda and other means.

The use of terrorist attacks has two basic approaches: One is big-bang attacks, like that of Sept. 11, 2001. But, the other approach is called “Death by a Thousand Cuts.” This approach is a series of smaller, seemingly random attacks meant to change our way of life and create chaos in our society.

Examples of this are the Fort Hood shooting, the Beltway snipers, the Times Square would-be bomber and others. There is little doubt terrorism is on the rise in America and we have two choices: ignore it and hope it will not affect us directly, or prepare with the knowledge it could knock on our doors. It’s unlikely we would suffer an attack where I live, but that’s probably what a lot of victims have thought.

I am not dumb enough to think I can rely on the government to save me or my family, so I wanted to be better prepared for this eventuality. SIG Sauer Academy offers a wide range of shooting and self-defense classes from entry level though advanced techniques, and one that caught my eye was “Civilian Response to Terrorist Threats.”
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