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Interview with Tony Blauer on Paris Attacks and the Ambush that Occurred

By Bryan Black

Photo by Valentina Calà, used via Creative Commons

For the past few days, I’ve been reading a lot of different perspectives on the tragedy that left 17 dead over a period of three days in Paris, France. 12 were killed during the first attack at the Charlie Hebdo (Charlie Weekly) magazine offices. The next day a French Policewoman was gunned down and four hostages were killed on the third day when a terrorist holed up inside a Jewish grocery store.

What I’ve read has ranged in opinion and I sometimes forced myself to read them, though I didn’t always agree. What I concluded was that there was so much misinformation getting thrown around, that I wanted whatever I discussed on the topic to add value to the discussion. During my brainstorming, I couldn’t help but look at the situation over there as something that a “gun solution,” as many were claiming it to be, might not be the best way to look at it.

I’ve learned a lot from someone that’s become a good friend of mine, Tony Blauer. Those of you that read ITS might remember a write-up called What Would It Cost You if You Didn’t Fight Back? I did a about a year ago after attending a course that Tony and Jeff Gonzales put on. The reason my mind went to Tony was that I couldn’t stop thinking about the whole situation in Paris being an ambush. It’s hard to argue that any of the events that unfolded over those three days didn’t leave the victims in an ambush scenario.

Today I sat down and interviewed Tony for his perspective on the Paris attacks:

Again, I felt Tony’s perspective is one I haven’t read in the media at all and wanted to offer it here on ITS. I hope you find value in it and feel like also leaving your perspective below to add to the discussion.

Photo by Valentina Calà, used via Creative Commons

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Discussion

  • pira114

    I loved this interview. It’s refreshing to hear someone say that sometimes you just can’t do much.
    One thing I would have liked to hear (and I’m sure he’d agree with) is that in an ambush, while you may not be able to do much about being the first hit, you can respond appropriately if that first hit doesn’t take you out. Or better yet, you’re not the first hit and can then respond appropriately. In this regard then, being armed means all the difference.
    He mentioned French gun laws briefly but, unless I missed it, didn’t talk about whether people can conceal carry there or carry on their business property. Again, that would make all the difference.
    I really liked how he talked about people armchair quarterbacking the incident and refrained from doing so himself. There’s a lot of that going on right now. Critiquing tactics and options is generally good for preventing or responding better to future incidents, but comments like “I would have…” generally don’t contribute much to learning.
    Thanks for the interesting interview.

  • Jamie McGill

    I know u got baby duties. But if there is a possibility u can go rock climbing and camping it’s this weekend I’ll cover u.

  • Lcstyle

    Guns aren’t magical talismans, so I agree they might not always be the answer.  It’s also true sometimes there’s nothing you can do, that’s a real ambush.  Consider this however, what if instead of a video camera, the guy in the balcony who took the famous “execution” video had an AR-15 instead?  What if just a single guy with AR started shooting at the attackers, would they have been able to leave the scene?  The ambush would have still happened, but at least potential attackers know they’re not going to go into a free fire zone which is pretty much all of Europe.  That’s a factor in all of these mass shootings, “gun free zones”.

    “Every citizen should be a soldier. This was the case with the Greeks and Romans, and must be that of every free state.”
    http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/authors/t/thomas_jefferson.html

    • byJess

      Lcstyle What if the cameraman put some rounds down range and the terrorist took more hostages or fired back killing other people on the balcony.  Maybe if they know it wont be a gun free zone they will bring more body armor next time, or more lethal guns. What if’s are silly.

      Though I highly doubt there would be much to dissuade terrorist bent on mass murdering people.  Don’t they get 99 virgins if they become martyrs anyways?

    • pira114

      I get what you’re saying. But you don’t fight evil by turning your back on it and hoping it will not be as evil.
      What ifs are kind of silly sometimes, but what if everyone fought back and not just the cops or military? Terrorists target soft targets.

    • Lcstyle

      byJess Lcstyle

    • Joe

      byJess Lcstyle  “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.” -Edmund Burke 
      Under your logic Jess the world should’ve let Hitler run his course because why risk more people dying to stop him.  Its the exact same logic you just employed on a much grander scale which neatly illustrates its erroneous nature.  There are plenty of incidences where armed citizens stopped violent crimes from escalating. Those stories don’t make national news because its popular today to promote anti-gun sentiment.
      The only person who is obligated to defend your life is yourself.  Police are under no legal obligation to risk their life to save yours.  That being said I and plenty of other law enforcement officers around the world would gladly do so due to our personal morality.  I support the full gun rights of non-criminal citizens because that’s more backup for me against the wolves. Sheeps, wolves, and sheep dogs.

    • Al

      Lcstyle 
      Hello everyone,
      I am French and I live in the East of France. A lot of people in France was shocked by the the killing of Charlie Hebdo. But they are shocking because for a BIG part of the French population guns are VERY bad so people are just like sheeps waiting wolf. And for this part of the French people (maybe more than 65%) they think that nothing bad can be happend, no terrorism, no violence in the street, no robbery …

      “Consider this however, what if instead of a video camera, the guy in the
      balcony who took the famous “execution” video had an AR-15 instead? ”

      When my Brother and I saw the video on internet (before TV news announce the way that the policeman was killed) we was hopping that somebody will do that …. but we are from a family of hunters (hunters are more than 1 million in France) and for basic frenchman who lives in City and especially in Paris, weapons are a foreign stuff. 
      Self-defence with gun is very complicate in France (a lot of chance to go in jail, not in case of killing terrorist, but people are now conditioned to to nothing and wait the police)
      So just for saying that you will not see in France a man taking her own gun for helping police against terrorists.

      A little other precision, in France citizen have not the right to carry a weapon in the street. Hunters or sport shooter (? dont know how to say that in english) must have in their home a safe deposit box for stocking gun.

      Sorry for my english, now I’m gonna see the video of Mr Blauer.

      Best regards from France.
      Al

    • Al

      Lcstyle
      Hello everyone,
      I am French and I live in the East of France. A
      lot of people in France was shocked by the the killing of Charlie Hebdo.
      But they are shocking because for a BIG part of the French population
      guns are VERY bad so people are just like sheeps waiting wolf. And for
      this part of the French people (maybe more than 65%) they think that
      nothing bad can be happend, no terrorism, no violence in the street, no
      robbery …

      “Consider this however, what if instead of a video camera, the guy in the
      balcony who took the famous “execution” video had an AR-15 instead? ”

      When
      my Brother and I saw the video on internet (before TV news announce the
      way that the policeman was killed) we was hopping that somebody will do
      that …. but we are from a family of hunters (hunters are more than 1
      million in France) and for basic frenchman who lives in City and
      especially in Paris, weapons are a foreign stuff. 
      Self-defence
      with gun is very complicate in France (a lot of chance to go in jail,
      not in case of killing terrorist, but people are now conditioned to to
      nothing and wait the police)
      So just for saying that you will not see in France a man taking her own gun for helping police against terrorists.

      A
      little other precision, in France citizen have not the right to carry a
      weapon in the street. Hunters or sport shooter (? dont know how to say
      that in english) must have in their home a safe deposit box for stocking
      gun.
      Sorry for my english, now i’m gonna see the video of Mr Blauer

      Best regards,
      Al

  • David Christian Moten

    Air strikes in Nigeria???? They r doing the samething as isis.

  • Curtis G

    When an earthquake kills hundreds of people, that’s a tragedy. When terrorists kill 17 people, that’s an atrocity. And using the passive “the tragedy that left 17 people dead” also lets the terrorists off the hook.  Other than that, good stuff.

  • excellent. situational awareness and managing fear. can’t say it enough.

  • Rancherjack

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