We can all learn from Steven Seagal, American hero, who just keeps giving and giving and giving and then when you think he can’t give any more, BOOM, there he is, magnanimously creating jobs for female Russian masseuses, and then POW, don’t look now, but there goes Steven Seagal, shooting at (illegal) Mexicans in Texas, and then BAM, there he is again, training an armed vigilante posse in Arizona! Steven Seagal: gift that keeps on giving.
Seagal, a burly martial arts expert turned actor, guided 48 volunteers through various aspects of responding to a shooting, including room-to-room searches, and critiqued their work.
“I am here to try to teach the posse firearms and martial arts to try to help them learn how to respond quicker and help protect our children,” Seagal said.
Does actor Steven Seagal have any real tactical training, you might wonder? Well, he is trained in aikido, and we’re not experts or anything, but aikido seems to have limited applicability when it comes to taking down an armed, active shooter who may or may not have hollow-point bullets and a military-style assault weapon. And he has been a deputy sheriff on a reality TV show, but there is no mention of any rigorous training program for deputy sheriffs or for playing on one on reality TV. But we are just bloggers, tapping away at our computers from the comfort of our mother’s basements, so what do we know?
Arpaio’s volunteers, some trained and qualified to carry the same guns as deputies, can intervene if there is an imminent threat to life. To add realism to the training event, guns firing non-lethal rounds that leave a color mark were used.
“It’s important to help protect our children and our schools and we need to do that with whatever means we have,” said Rick Velotta, a posse member and retired General Electric manager who attended the training.
Whatever means we have, eh Rick Velotta? Would those means include, say, passing restrictions on gun ownership, or maybe imposing rigorous background checks on would-be purchasers of guns? No, why would we need that when we have actor Steven Seagal and a bunch of retired desk jockeys to run around with guns on the weekends? Passing laws–that would just be silly.
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