All About Timing
By Tommy A. Purvis
A day after the Sandy Hook school shooting, Rancho Cucamonga Drug Warrior Paul Chabot pitches shooter training
A training course designed to teach how to protect yourself during—and possibly stop—a deadly shooting shooting could be considered proof that disaster capitalism knows no bounds.
The day after the carnage of the Sandy Hook elementary school massacre in Connecticut was still fresh in the minds of a terror-induced public, Paul Chabot, the founder of the Rancho Cucamonga Chabot Strategies, targeted an email to potential clients and the media shilling the services of the heavily Israeli-influenced security firm Direct Measures International (DMI).
“The mass killing of 20 children and six adults yesterday is yet another reminder that no community is immune from evil. Schools, hospitals, malls, theaters have all been terrorized this year by the darkest of mankind,” wrote Paul Chabot, a longtime political activist (and former Assembly candidate), military veteran and Drug War advocate. “There is hope, and better preparing our agencies, our friends and ourselves is vital. We don’t yet know where or when the next tragedy will occur and no location is 100 percent safe. We hope our Active-Shooter course will provide some level of awareness and instruction to better prepare our Nation for this new form of domestic terrorism.”
A Tuesday night meeting with officials at Cal State San Bernardino resulted in training seminar for students and faculty in January, according to Chabot. The drug warrior and perennial fear monger who also founded the Coalition for a Drug Free California—which seeks to roll back medicinal marijuana laws—offers the recently uncovered Inland Empire terror plot and the influence of Mexican drug cartels in local communities as catalysts for wide spread active shooter training.
Alon Stivi—the president of DMI, and a former platoon sargeant with the Israeli Special Forces—is the brawn and brains behind the ACT Cert Violence Prevention and Active Shooter training platform. The comprehensive online training course offers a how-to manual in response to an active shooter scenario for schools. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) thinks highly enough of the methods from Israel to fund training grants for educational facilities and law enforcement agencies.
“This training is necessary to address violence and terrorism.” Stivi says. “Programs can be adopted by anyone in public or private sectors, including schools, corporations and hospitals, houses of worship, law enforcement, security professionals and law abiding citizens from all walks of life.”
The eight-hour course detailed in a six-minute YouTube clip offers onsite practice of many of the same procedures found in the 13-page DHS online brochure titled Active Shooter: How to Respond. Stivi—who has already updated his one-page handout promoting his course to include examples from Sandy Hook—tells the Weekly that the brochure offers decent advice—but is very basic compared to his method.
The almost 5-year old DHS brochure advises persons to maintain situational awareness even before an act of gun terrorism is evident. The brochure suggests taking note of a buildings’s two nearest exits, staying put and securing the door at the first sound of gunshots and—only as a last resort—taking the active shooter down.
Stivi recommends repeated onsite practice and told the Weekly that persons in barricaded rooms should turn off the lights and remain silent. A basic martial arts method developed in Israel to take down an active shooter is also part of the training package for on-site responders. The National Rifle Association Range Safety Officer also teaches another course for law enforcement first responders on how to quickly eliminate the threat. DMI is the only the only certified instructor of the methods with a patent in both the U.S. and Israel.
Chabot—who lost his bid for an assembly seat in the 63rd district two years ago on a platform that included gun owner issues—continues to promote his sensational new book Eternal Battle Against Evil. In a debate on The Young Turks in April, Chabot told Law Enforcement Against Prohibition (LEAP) member Sean Dunagan that alcohol prohibition actually worked. The LEAP organization views the War on Drugs as a failure and pushes for legalizing all drugs.
Yet Chabot maintains that gun regulation will not end workplace or school violence.
“No community in the Inland Empire is immune from these threats,” Chabot says.