By Ray Gano
This past week Texas witnessed one of its bloodiest mass murders that has ever taken place.
The murderer was named Devin Patrick Kelley and he carried out the deadliest mass shooting in Texas history on Sunday, November 5th 2017.
We know that he was a former airman in the US Airforce. He was court marshalled and dishonorably discharged for brutally assaulting his then wife and step child.
What many do not know is that he had displayed a pattern of violent and disturbing behavior in the past.
How do I know?
Devin Patrick Kelly was from New Braunfels Texas, the same place that I raised my children for over 12 years.
New Braunfels is a rather small town and if you don’t know everyone, you have at least seen the person around town.
Normally New Braunfels is a peaceful tourist town. We have Schlitterbahn water park and three rather large rivers where folks like to “tube” during the summer time.
Not much happens here and over all, most of the folks are down home country folks.
Sure we had trouble here and there and some of the gangs are slowly moving in, but over all it isn’t a bad place.
As I said, you just get to know other folks, if not by name, then at least you recognize them on the street, at Walmart, McDonalds, etc.
This is how it was with Devin, who just happened to be a year or so older than my own kids.
Knowing the kids in the neighborhood, I was able to track down a former girlfriend who had this to say about Devin…
Domestic violence. Sexual assault accusations. Animal cruelty was his past. He escaped from a mental health facility. Sent threatening text messages to his mother in law.
Someone should have picked up on all the clues.
Folks, as I have mentioned before, we are living in the last days of the last days. In Timothy Paul calls it “perilous times.”
2 Timothy 3:1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. 2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, 4 traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; 5 having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
If you have been paying attention, you clearly see that this is taking place and more and more people are looking to do harm to their fellow man.
But this just isn’t the “Flesh” being evil, there is more there than meets the eye.
To have an utter evil within like Devin did, I would say that he was out and out demon possessed and controlled by multiple murderous demons.
This is yet one more example of the spiritual world combining with the physical world and the outcome is shear evil being released and a church is shot up, people died and many more were wounded.
Our Problem Is Our Past
Over the years men of God have dropped the ball. They have allowed what I believe a “feminization” of the church to take place. More and more women “wear the pants” in churches than men and it is still that way today. More women attend church, are involved in church and help direct church while basically men just hang home to watch their football, baseball and basketball games on TV.
We as men of God have neglected our proper role and because of that society has taken on a more “feminized” viewpoint over what God’s Word states.
Now I know that I may be upsetting some folks out there, but this is a fact and has been the fact for the past 125+ years.
Somewhere along the way, men lost their back bone.
The whole foundation of the family structure is based upon the man of the home doing the right thing, being a loving father and husband and disciplinarian, but also the Christian warrior he is called to be to guide and protect his family as well as his community.
What does God’s Word say?
Psalms 144:1 Blessed be the LORD my strength, which teacheth my hands to war, and my fingers to fight.
Jeremiah 48:10 Cursed be he that doeth the work of the LORD deceitfully, and cursed be he that keepeth back his sword from blood.
Luke 22:36 Then said he unto them, But now, he that hath a purse, let him take it, and likewise his scrip: and he that hath no sword, let him sell his garment, and buy one.
And one that really hits home very hard…
1 Timothy 5:8 But if any provide not for his own, and especially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.
Godly men’s apathy has grown so bad, we are now suffering the consequences due to our neglect.
Instead of standing and doing the right thing, we have gotten used to illicit sexual relationships, adolescent promiscuity, abortion, cheating, lying, stealing, prostitution, rape, divorce, and even murder.
All of this has taken place because we as men of God have refused to stand in the gap and do what is right in light of God’s Word.
We have gotten used to financial mismanagement on both civil and personal levels. We have accepted political corruption. We have rejected personal and social responsibility and learned to blame anyone or anything else for our problems and failures. We have traded in our infinitely valued divine image for a nickel-plated pagan shrine erected in honor of self-interest, immorality, and social apathy.
What we need to do as men of God is to draw the line in the sand and say “no more.”
Men of God need to learn to grow their back bone again and start being the men of God they are called to be.
We are at a stage in time where the wolves are becoming a serious menace on society and the only way to combat that is to once again become the “sheepdogs” that we were once many years ago.
We need to relearn what we have lost. How to the proper leaders and not dictators. How to defend our families, and if called upon, to offer the ultimate sacrifice to protect them.
When walking in the parking lot with your family, let your body language state that you are the sheepdog and no one is going to accost those you have stewardship over.
Better yet, we need to obey Christ himself and if we do not own a weapon, do what we need to do so that we can protect our families.
This does not mean go buy a gun and then stick it in the night stand drawer.
Our nation is going down the tubes, we are called as Christians to “occupy till He returns.” That is our marching orders. We need to return to our duty till that time of our appointment with Him comes or till He calls His church home.
No matter what, we have a responsibility to ourselves and to our families.
Times ARE getting bad and they will get even worse than what we have been seeing already. Scripture tells us that this will take place and God does not lie.
Therefore till that time comes, we must be ready to stand for what is right and return to our heritage, that being the Christian Warrior God called us to be and stop neglecting the duties He has placed upon us.
What Can We Do About It? Be Ready and Anticipate The Terrorist
Evil is targeting our churches, families, our children and they are being killed for their faith.
Thinking to myself, we as men can continue to procrastinate, or we can do something to put more odds in ourselves and our families favor.
Best thing that a husband can do is teach your family realistic survival skills for to escape, evade and survive a shooting.
The key to survival is having a plan in place that your brain can access when trouble arises.
Let’s call that a “what if” plan.
Run – Hide – Fight Plan
RUN – You know where you go as a family.
Big Box Stores
Think about all the areas you frequent as a family, or places that family members may meet up with a lone shooter / terrorist.
For example, let’s briefly talk about your child’s school as a possible place. Many terrorist whackos are going into schools and shooting them up. First thing that we will need to have a basic lay out of your child’s school. Map out with your child to know where all the exits are located in the school. Make things interesting with your child, conduct mental rehearsals.
“Ok Bobby, the bad guy is here (point to a spot on the school map) where is the exit?”
Get your child to think about where the exits are located at all times. Give him / her escape plan and again perform mental rehearsals with them 3-4 times a month. If they are in multiple classrooms throughout the day, discuss different escape routes that your child can take to get out fast.
The key is to have a general idea where the shooter is located and put as much distance between the shooter and your child.
But, if your child does not know where the shooter is, then the next step in the plan is to hide.
NOW, do this for your church, the local bib box store you may frequent. Lay out a plan where you and your family frequent a lot and create an escape plan.
What is even better is if you can go to some of these places and even conduct dry runs.
HIDE – If one is not able to run, then the next best thing is to find a quick hiding spot.
Again, using the example of your child’s school as this talking point, see if your child knows of any closets, libraries, teacher offices, or places that they can crawl under something or behind something and hide.
Talk to your child and discuss the various places that might be a good place to hide. What you want to find out during this discussion is where the best “cover” not just the best concealment is located.
NOTE – Cover will hide you and protect you from bullets.
NOTE #2 Concealment will just hide you, but may not protect you from bullets being fired.
Again, using your school map, point out places and talk about if the shooter is here (pointing to the map) where is the best place to hide and give you the best “cover” out of all the pre-determined hiding spots?
Have as many good hiding spots that the child can get to as quickly as possible.
Talk about running and then hiding to put as much distance between them and the shooter. You want your child to think and move.
You get the idea. Now, what you want to do is do the same thing for your church, your local big box store, your local park, where ever you may go a lot and has the possibility of being targeted by a lone shooter / terrorist.
In these situations, you, your wife, even your child will have to take charge. Yes, this is a lot to put on either of them, but you are giving them a plan to work from. You are literally helping to instill a mindset of self-rescue.
You, your wife nor your child can wait for first-responders – it takes too long. In most of the shootings where a lone shooter is involved, the police took on average 10+ minutes to respond. You know how many people can be killed in 10+ minutes?
Talk to your family about hiding and then running. You want to mix things up and get them to start thinking about a “what if” plan no matter where they are located.
While I was in Special Ops we had the following hammered into our head… “A good decision executed quickly is better than a great one never executed.”
Violence of action, as we call it will often change the odds in you, your wife, or your child’s favor.
FIGHT – Ok, this one is tough, and it depends on a lot of factors that is taking place in seconds, and this is why planning ahead like this is severely needed.
One of my favorite classes to teach is the “Tueller Drill.” Basically anyone with a knife that is 20 feet or less away can in most cases over take someone with a holstered gun. This is a fact and there is plenty of data to back this up.
This is where you will really have to trust yourself or your family member and that is a very keen sense of possibly taking on the shooter.
NOTE – I am NOT advocating that they just run up to the guy and try to attack them, but if they have the chance to take advantage of the situation, say gun jams up, re-loading, distraction or the shooter isn’t paying attention, and they can take the shooter down; then it is a better chance than just sitting there getting shot.
The other alternative which is the better option is getting the heck out of there during one of these sorts of situations.
But if there is no other option open and they are the next likely target, then fighting your way out may be the only option.
What we need to remember is that in many of these lone shooter situations, you do not hear about many people fighting back. I know of one teacher in a school shooting that did fight back and basically saved the entire classroom. The teacher died but she was able to overcome the shooter and helped take the shooter out.
If running away is the better choice vs sitting there and dying, what you and your family need to remember is that a moving target is extremely hard to hit, even for the well-trained shooter.
Being Ready For The Shooter, No Matter Where You or Your Family Are
About a year ago I was watching a TV show and they were talking about bullet proof children’s back pack.
It was just after one of the school shootings, I can’t remember which, but what really got my attention was this bullet proof backpack for your child.
I have to admit it to you that if they had these when our kids were younger, I would have got them for all the kids.
The pack weights approximately 22 ounces more than your regular backpack and they are rated NIJ IIIA. What this means is that these backpacks will stop the following bullets.
- .22 short
- .22 long
- .44 Magnum
That pretty much covers most weapons that an active shooter will use.
But this sort of bullet proof protection isn’t just for kids. In my research I discovered these bullet proof inserts that you can place in regular sized back packs. There are even special sized inserts for briefcases.
Keeping it simple, let’s talk about the bullet proof back packs. There are several ways that you can go. You purchase an entire backpack with a bullet proof shield or you can just purchase the shield on its own. These are on the expensive side.
Personally, I would opt to get the shield insert for your backpack. I am picky when it comes to backpacks and I am rough on them. So, I want a really good pack.
Get A Sturdy Computer Back Pack
I personally have a Samsonite Tectonic Large Backpack. This has been with me when I speak at conferences; it has traveled with me to Belize, Costa Rica, Panama and now back to the states. I have literally abused this bag and it just keeps going. As you can see in the picture, I always keep it somewhat packed and ready to go. All I need to do is slip my laptop, kindle, a few other items like my tomahawk / survival knife in it and it is ready to go.
Some nice features is that some of the more critical zippers are ” self-healing”, and another thing is that there are nice back comfort pads all in the right places. The back pads also have channels so that if you are wearing it for a long time, your back still gets some ventilation.
This is one tough bag and I have worn out a few of my other back packs, but this one just keeps going. The quality is great and none of the seams have given out or torn. This has easily weighed at times, over 50 lbs when I had it stuffed full with just about everything I need. The zippers did not pop, and the strap seams held up even when I am swinging it up on my back fully loaded.
ONE Negative, is that there are so many zippered pockets and such that you will lose stuff in this backpack.
This would be a great backpack to get yourself, your wife and children.
The second choice would be Swiss Gear. Both of these are built tough and both have the space to put a Ballistic Shield Insert.
In fact, there is a Swiss Gear Bullet Proof Back Pack that you can purchase together. An average ballistic shield costs around $75 – $80 and the Swiss Gear pack is about the same, maybe a little more. But you can get the bullet proof version for $195.00 give or take a few dollars.
Samsonite Computer Backpack – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Samsonite-Computer-Backpack
Swiss Gear Back Pack and Bullet Shield – http://amzn.to/2kwjr3l
Ballistic Shield Insert – http://amzn.to/2kwbMSv
Put Together a Gun Shot Kit For Each of Your Families’ Packs
This is something very simple to build.
Pick up the “Trauma Pak Kit with QuikClot” it has everything in one package you need to stop the bleeding, including a simple instruction card that your child can follow.
Other items that I recommend is an Israeli Compression bandage, Tourniquet, and more packets Quick Clot blood clotter. More people die of bleeding out than being shot.
IF you can stop the bleeding, you are giving your child a much higher chance of survival.
Something else that a number of people have told me about is having a small tampon in your gun shot kit. A small tampon can be pushed into the bullet hole and then deployed into the wound. The small size tampon is about the size of a 9 mm to .45 calibur bullet. These are made to stop the bleeding and that is what you have to do.
Having a few sanitary pads also are also good for knife wounds, bad cuts and scrapes. Again, these are made to hold blood and can help stop the bleeding. You can use some Gorilla Duct Tape to keep these things in place.
One final item to have in your blow out kit is super glue. You would be amazed at the first aid uses super glue has. It is great at closing up a cut quickly. This is why I always keep it on hand.
Trauma Pak Kit with QuikClot – http://amzn.to/2jRMmwV
Israeli Compression Bandage – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Israeli-Compression-Bandage
Military Issue Combat Application Tourniquet – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Tourniquet
Quick Clot Blood Clotting Agent – http://tinyurl.com/PZ-Quick-Clot
Super Glue – http://amzn.to/2lcLe81
Small Roll of Gorilla Duct Tape – http://amzn.to/2jRRO2U
Train Your Family To Use These Items
OK, so let’s say you have got the bullet proof backpack and blow out kit.
Your family needs to know how to use these items. That means that YOU need to train them in their use.
As I mentioned before a moving target is very hard to hit. So, the odds are in you, your wife or child’s favor if he or she has to run away.
Teach your family to never be without their backpacks and if there is a situation, then make sure that they always take their backpack with them.
If your child is of an age where they can think on their own, again train them to get out of the area as fast as they can. The bullet proof backpack can help protect them with their escape.
NOTE – As much as I hate to say it, if the teacher tells them to get under their desks and just wait, then there is a chance that your child will be shot. They need to act and act quickly.
This is why it is vital that you put “What If” plans in place, draw up maps of their school, and then you and your kids talk seriously about different situations.
By giving your child a plan, they can then act in a time of emergency. This is all part of the “Fight, Flight or Freeze” instinct we all have.
The will to survive must be instilled in all of your family. You, your wife and your children.
Why is this so critical?
The human brain will look to run some sort of plan, if it has no plan in place, then it will make one up, which often is freezing or chaotic running, often times right into the path of the shooter.
By giving your family a clear plan and talk to them about it frequently, you are training not only yourself, but your wife and children to live instead of being some bump on the log waiting to be shot.
Having some crazy whacked out nut job go into a church / school / store and shooting it up has become a real-world reality. If you and your family are Christians, then the odds of them being a target have gone up even more.
We need to get real with our family with the day and age that we live in. We need to equip them as best as we can so that they have fighting chance if something like an active shooter coming in and blasting up where they might be located.
By sitting down and talking realistically with your family, setting up plans, escape routes and meet up points. You need to talk about what to do if they encounter the shooter or if they must apply first aid on themselves, a friend of fellow family member.
In doing this, YOU are preparing them for a real-world situation.
It is better to have these things in place and not need them, than to need them and not have them in place.
Not having these precautions in place may cost the life of your child.
Think about it, we are talking about what, $200 maybe $225 each to give you, your wife and children that fighting edge to survive.
Is each of your family members worth that?
Look into putting together a backpack, brief case, computer bag that you can put a bullet proof shield in and put together a blowout kit.
I will be writing a follow up to this article talking about weapons that we as the heads of our family need to to seriously start thinking about having on our person any time we walk out the door. It is a really good idea to have your wife also geared up so that she can cover your back or protect herself if things get weird.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to ask.
Stay safe… it is getting pretty crazy out there these days.