More Appropriate Subjects from Mr Farnam: Gun “Fights” and Gun “Battles”

Might behoove us to know the difference, and to be ready. (With a bit of emphasis added.)

This week’s, particularly yesterday’s, raids by French Police and Special Operators on multiple hideouts used by Islamic terrorists set the stage for what is going to become commonplace there and here.

Witnesses described “continuous gunfire” for over three hours. Also multiple explosions. When the dust finally settled this morning, several terrorists were DRT, several others taken into custody. At least one French officer was wounded, and a police K-9 was killed.

French “gun control” laws, and similar laws throughout Western Europe and the UK, have been pitifully ineffective in disarming/dissuading, even inconveniencing, terrorists. Mark that well!

Here in CONUS, American police, particularly in big, metro areas, are accustomed to [officer involved shootings]. Such “gunfights” usually last only a few seconds and end with a suspect down, or in the process of running away. In the latter case, suspects commonly surrender meekly shortly thereafter.

By contrast, “gun battles,” involving multiple teams of heavily-armed tactical officers deploying from armored vehicles, lasting for hours (maybe days) and consuming hundreds, sometimes thousands, of rounds of ammunition, as well as much pyrotechnics (not to mention IEDs used by suspects against police) have been, up until now, exceptional.

That is all changing!


How stands your readiness?

About vmijpp

VMIJPP hails from the star city of the south, Roanoke, Virginia. A 1989 graduate of the Virginia Military Institute, he is a retired artillery officer in the United States Marine Corps, with time in both the active and reserve sides. He served in Iraq in 2004, and in Afghanistan in 2009-2010. He joined the magnificent as a guest blogger from the now defunct but never uninteresting Rule 308, where he denounced gun control and other aspects of tyranny, and proclaimed the greatness of the United States. When the sun set on, he migrated here with Keydet1976 and the others.
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One Response to More Appropriate Subjects from Mr Farnam: Gun “Fights” and Gun “Battles”

  1. John Minehan says:

    That they chose to :”Fare a la Ali Le Pointe and Petite Omar” is not a surprise. That they did not take more French Police and Soldiers down with them is.

    Maybe they are not as good as Friday’s attack implies or maybe the point was to get the seven guys captured so Les Flics go blundering around in Muslim neighborhoods triggering the kind of unrest unrest they had 9 years or so ago . . . .


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