We wanted to know what combat was going to be like. And you know what? I went to Arkansas State University, Clinton was president. Cold war was over. And I had lots of invitations to come and speak. Taking all of my leave time, and weekends to do presentations. I pulled the plug and left the big green machine, and I was going to polish off my PhD… Had a fully funded scholarship.
And we added it up. One year it was , last year it was days on the road. So we would tell people over days—average days a year on the road.
I was training across this law-enforcement community, but I was just absorbing data. Just this amazing insight. Stress and PTSD And for those who felt good with themselves, killings just not that big a deal. The sensory gating. The memory gaps and the memory distortions.
And how it would blindside people. Cause nobody warned them what was going to happen. And even more important was what I call the puppy coming for a visit. Neurons are seared into your brain. And what happens is something happens and it sparks the memory. And we got a human brain on top of the dog brain. And Arkansas State Trooper first gunfight. Week later, up in the bleachers with his wife, watching his daughter in a swim meet.
Gasping for air. Drenched with sweat. His wife thought he was having a heart attack. It is not PTSD. And this whole business where we see it most with my cops is a cops in a deadly force incident. A week later, a month later, 6 months later, goes to qualify. That neural pathway… the puppy blew a hole through the screen door, grabbed you by the throat, peed in your lap. And then there goes the puppy… 6 months later you go to qualify.
And can we talk about our veterans for a minute because this is latest stuff. Been doing a lot of work with veterans. You know, you mentioned 22 veterans a day take their life. We count… So the point is that of that 22… 1 is too many… but only a small number from the current war.
Must never go to war again. Well we kind of do what we theorize with the data. One of the biggest lies out there is that all of our veterans have PTSD. Should never be trusted. Should have their guns taken away. Psych conferences. The highest levels. Used to be you had to dig for this, but the VA tells us now if you Google. The Dutch study and their troops in Afghanistan.
Keep it in perspective. And who would want to hire one of those? You can Google this and look it up. The first group of troops coming back from Iraq. Now that is not PTSD.
Loud noise goes off. Boom, you hit the dirt. So very, very, very good study. The media reported it, not one week later.
They took one word out. Take one word out? And every single time is a lie. So the point is that the main problem that veterans have is getting jobs. A veteran is less than a tenth as likely to commit a violent crime as a non-veteran of the same age. They are a new Greatest generation coming home. The vast majority need one thing—they need jobs. What a deal.
And putting out the big message. We get better every day. Medical science moves on. Another lie—cover of Time magazine. PTSD is the untreatable disease. It is a lie. We have hundreds of thousands of cases of PTSD cases we treat and recover fully. And I present at national, international psych conferences. They have every flavor of shrink in the audience. I say what… how many of you personally know of cases… personally, of your own personal experience, where PTSD was treated and recovered fully.
Half the hands go up. Everybody with a hand up is poking a finger in the eye of the lying dog that says PTSD is for life. IN the face of ever advancing medical science. Why, in the face of hundreds of thousands of cases of PTSD were treated and recovered fully? Why in the face of the indomitable human spirit? Number 1, politics. We must never go to war again. The price of war is too high.
Oh, we get it, we get it. Number 2, job security. If I have hooked you into a lifetime of therapy and maybe with a lifetime of therapy we can adapt. I trained a major SWAT team. Major national SWAT team. Can we trust him? In our time, that may mean social disapproval, public scorn, hardship, persecution, or as always,even death itself. The question remains: What is worth defending? What is worth dying for? What is worth living for? Bennett - in a lecture to the United States Naval Academy November 24, One Vietnam veteran, an old retired colonel, once said this to me: "Most of the people in our society are sheep.
They are kind, gentle, productive creatures who can only hurt one another by accident. Remember, the murder rate is six per , per year, and the aggravated assault rate is four per 1, per year. What this means is that the vast majority of Americans are not inclined to hurt one another. Some estimates say that two million Americans are victims of violent crimes every year, a tragic, staggering number, perhaps an all-time record rate of violent crime.
But there are almost million Americans, which means that the odds of being a victim of violent crime is considerably less than one in a hundred on any given year. Furthermore, since many violent crimes are committed by repeat offenders, the actual number of violent citizens is considerably less than two million. Thus there is a paradox, and we must grasp both ends of the situation: We may well be in the most violent times in history, but violence is still remarkably rare.
This is because most citizens are kind, decent people who are not capable of hurting each other, except by accident or under extreme provocation. They are sheep. I mean nothing negative by calling them sheep. To me it is like the pretty, blue robin's egg. Inside it is soft and gooey but someday it will grow into something wonderful. But the egg cannot survive without its hard blue shell.
Police officers, soldiers, and other warriors are like that shell, and someday the civilization they protect will grow into something wonderful.? For now, though, they need warriors to protect them from the predators.
You better believe it. There are evil men in this world and they are capable of evil deeds. The moment you forget that or pretend it is not so, you become a sheep. There is no safety in denial. Depending on your role, it may be more important to be faster or it may be more important to be precise, but in the end it's the shooter who can achieve perfect shots on demand, all the time, who wins.
To fire a perfect shot, you need to bring together a mix of very specific conditions into that single moment when the trigger breaks. Marshals, and U. Special Forces.
But these days Grossman's real bread and butter is local police. Over the past two years, he has spoken to more than departments around the country. There's probably no one in America who trains more cops; there's almost certainly no one who trains cops who is better known. ALSO: Secrets of a Secret Agent The Sacramento event was for the California Highway Patrol, part of an annual three-day conference for "peer-support" officers, who help others after traumatic events such as shootings and mass casualties.
John Arrabit said. Dave reminds us that the vast majority of the public supports law enforcement personnel. His message is: 'What you're doing is making a difference. It's noble and vital. Be proud of who you are and what you do. What do they fight it with?
Superior violence. Righteous violence. Between autographs, Grossman introduced me to a trooper named Andra Eddy. Andra's husband, Greg, is also a trooper, assigned to a canine unit in the Bay Area. In the fall of , Greg took Grossman's class, and a few months later, he and a partner shot and killed a suspected car thief who'd aimed a gun at them.
In the military you're trained to do whatever you have to do to protect the United States. Here we are not trained to do that. We're trained to protect and serve. We don't train to just kill people. Andra gave him a hug.
Grossman is not one of them. With increased dangers at home and the Posse Comitatus Act preventing the military from operating on U. You are the Delta Force. You are the Green Berets. It's your job to put a piece of steel in your fist and kill those sons of bitches when they come to kill our kids. Which prompts a few questions: Is an expert in "killology" the best person to be training domestic police right now?
How did Grossman become so sought-after in the first place? And if our cops are really at war, as he believes, then whom, exactly, are they at war with?
What do you have then? Someone who can walk into the heart of darkness, into the universal human phobia, and walk out unscathed. Here Michael Cummings and Eric Cummings conclude with their own sniper fire. Because the analogy is simplistic, and in its simplicity, dangerous. We are all humans. The Cummings brothers need to do their research, because Grossman has. Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman served for twenty-four years as soldier, infantryman, and army Ranger.
I graduated from West Point before Grossman wrote this book, but leadership, military science, and the philosophy of war were and are required study.
Used to be you had to dig for this, but the VA tells us now if you Google. And so I think that we have to basically call foul on that too. However, historically much of the killing that happens on the battlefield occurs as one side is fleeing. Grossman had 14 years in the Army when he applied to teach at West Point and got selected to teach psychology. He spent the first few hours laying out a frighteningly dark vision of the world, from elementary-school massacres in Israel and schoolgirl beheadings in Indonesia to our own tragedies in Orlando and San Bernardino, California. IN schools.
Worked for… Mark: What does the training look like of the art? Among individuals participating in combat for longer than 60 consecutive days, 98 percent of them would begin to breakdown emotionally. And then the 2nd one. Dave Grossman. Here Michael Cummings and Eric Cummings conclude with their own sniper fire.
They are well concealed in ankle holsters, shoulder holsters or inside-the-belt holsters tucked into the small of their backs.? That cell phones are harmful to children. A great Kata.
The guy that decides whether or not to shoot your kid should be the best trained, best qualified, best paid person on the planet. Number 2, job security. Keep it in perspective.
I'm not giving you that one. I think we got… Mark: That sounds really cool… Grossman: It is so cool. Debriefing should be done soon after the incident, though allowing participants to sleep before may help their long term memory. Hope is not a strategy. It looks troubling.