Important Learnings From the Brussel’s Attack

Earlier this week 31 people were killed and more than 300 were injured in a series of explosions in Brussels in a series of suicide terrorist attacks. All death is tragic. There are never stories like this that fully allow us to turn our hearts away from the sadness but I can't help but ponder on the implications for our self-defense community.

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Here are the immediate lessons I am trying to internalize from this tragedy:

There is NO Safe Haven

Airports sound like a place where one might feel safe. There are cops (both local and federal) all over the place and history has taught that terrorists target places of large crowds and airplanes are a favorite. There is NO safe place. Tragedy and death can happen anywhere from that favorite coffee shop to your Grandma's house.

Despite Our Best Intentions Sometimes You Will Not Be Able to Respond

If I am armed to the teeth and have Chuck Norris like skills but I'm standing 10 feet away from someone when they activate a suicide bomb strapped to their body I will not have time to respond and protect myself or anyone else there. The bomb will explode and there ain't jack I can do about it. That is very sobering.

Situational Awareness is EVERYTHING

While I can't respond once the event takes place, I might have been able to respond before the bomb was activated if I had been paying attention. Did anyone notice some suspicious behavior? Our human instincts are really good and when we exercise them to observe other people we get even better at detecting unusual behavior.

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Guns Are Not the Only Way To Kill and Injury People

I'm reminded of what gun rights supporters have been saying for a very long time. Guns don't kill people. People kill people. There will always be a weapon where there is a will to take a life. Gun Control will not stop bad people from doing bad things. It only disarms the good people.

Terrorism is About Taking Away Hope

Terrorists want to break our spirits and make us feel unsafe and without hope. We fight terrorism by showing them that this events bring us together and unite us in a way that builds hope. Ask yourself how you can help that battle and we will start to win!

About Jacob Paulsen

Jacob S. Paulsen is the President of provides in-person and online firearm training for American gun owners. The Company is currently teaching in-person classes in 25+ states with a team of more than 55 instructors. Jacob is a NRA certified instructor & Range Safety Officer, USCCA certified instructor and training counselor, Utah BCI instructor, Affiliate instructor for Next Level Training, Graduate and certified instructor for The Law of Self Defense, and a Glock and Sig Sauer Certified Armorer. He resides in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado with his wife and children.


  1. Drue Gillis on March 25, 2016 at 7:51 pm

    We cannot live in fear. What we need to do is become more aware of our surroundings and the people around us. Stop all this politically correct BS and watch out for suspicious persons. Muslim males have committed 98% of the terrorist attacks here and abroad. Common sense points to that ethnic group to watch. Until we can safely confirm that immigrants with a Muslim background do not pose a threat to our country, they need to be barred from entry to the United States. Is this faiir? No but the safety of our country is at stake.

    • 2004done on March 26, 2016 at 8:25 am

      I believe it is fair to first profile the ones that have a 50-to-1 higher probability (98 %) of an attack, and I agree the safety of our country is at stake

  2. John Tyreman Sr on March 26, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    I agree with TRUMP. Ban them until we improve our immigration systems. I’m sorry to say it but, profiling is one thing that will work. The odds are with us. If there is a terrorist plot, profiling has a good chance of identifying the terrorist. Many valid factors favor detection. YES, it would impact all of us but so what? Would it be more than we already are bothered? No, and it may allow reduction of some of the things used by TSA today. It would have to start off site to eliminate the terrorists from large crowds. Cameras observing passengers walking toward the screening area could be a major factor from good distances before personal contact is necessary. Gated controlled obstructed concrete walkways without roofs. but lined with detection schemes, dog sniffers, etc., could be used in parallel to reduce the time for initial checks and control of passengers.


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