America's First Freedom - September 2018 - 41

The Voices Of FASTER
Sgt. Graham Dunne,
former SWAT, patrol supervisor,
police Medal of Honor recipient,
POST and NRA-certified firearm
instructor (19-plus years),
former U.S. Marine,
FASTER instructor

"It's absurd that people
are more concerned
about a teacher dropping
a gun, breaking up
a fight, or leaving it
in their desk or the
bathroom, than they are
about somebody walking
into a school and killing
20 kids. That rationale
baffles me-it's so 'out

there' that it's hard to refute."
"I have a motto for my own life that's modeled on the
Russian Special Forces, and I wear it on my wrist: 'If not me,
then who?' FASTER students are voluntarily putting

John, charter school
facilities/safety and
security director,
FASTER graduate

"I've been an avid hunter,
outdoorsman and shooter most of
my life, but I learned more about
shooting on day one in the FASTER
class than I did in the previous
40 years."

"One of my most resonating moments while attending
FASTER was listening to Columbine survivor Evan Todd say
that, had there been armed faculty present, everything

John MacFarlane,

"Part of the reason civilians need
access to firearms is so they can
respond to threats in real time. Why
should it be different for teachers,
especially when the stakes are so
much higher? I'm willing to pay for
my own training if I have to, but the point is to learn what I
need to be able to help now, if necessary. If there's a mass
murderer in my school, I have a moral responsibility to act."

high school physics
teacher, FASTER
graduate

"I'm a 'farm wife,' too, so I've been
shooting for a long, long time, but
mother, grandmother
nearly always by myself. For me, the
knowledge (of the instructors) was
tremendous, and the attention to
things I didn't know was spot-on. Especially when it came to gun
handling around others. I had-have-a lot to learn and practice."

Kristie M., pastor,

"My church doesn't know that I was at FASTER yet, because I

"I'm extremely
motivated because I
SWAT team leader, Colorado
have responded to a
school shooting ... and
POST Firearms SME, USPSA
my first thought was,
Grand Master, FASTER instructor
'Not on my watch.'
But we still lost one
kid, despite the fact that the school had done a really good job
on their lockdown. Seeing that crime scene has changed my
life forever. Time didn't stand still for me then; it didn't exist. I
didn't get there in time to give my life for her that day, so I'm
going to give my life for her every (subsequent) day. I've been
teaching civilians ever since, and why I'm involved in FASTER."

Deputy Quinn Cunningham,

themselves in that same position. As much as law
enforcement would want to, we just can't be everywhere. So
it's going to be up to those teachers and administrators, and
it's great they are willing get the right training."
"If you look at the averages on these (incidents), I could
literally be sitting in a squad car in the school parking lot,
and it'd still be over by the time I could get into the building."
"There's a liberal argument out there that 'Any yahoo with
a gun and a permit should not be protecting our kids!' Up to
a point, they're right, but the three days of FASTER training
go well beyond what regular CCW permits require. It's
more demanding than our Colorado POST law enforcement
qualification, and not everybody passes-I think that gives
the program a lot of credibility."

would most likely have been over in just a few minutes, and
that more of his fellow students would have survived."
"Although my school district isn't quite there yet-regarding
the decision to allow qualified faculty and administrators
to carry concealed on campus-I'm hoping that FASTER
qualification convinces them of our commitment to protect
our school's children and other innocent lives while they're
on school property. At the same time, defenders will have a
realistic chance to survive that situation ourselves."

"There hasn't been a fire death in an American school in
something like 60 or 70 years, yet fire extinguishers and
sprinklers are still everywhere; I'd like to help make the
same true for school shooters: Too many trained, willing
defenders for them to be able to hurt anyone else."
"FASTER medical training really inspired me to get more
bleeding/trauma kits in schools."

think it would make them anxious at this point. But we had to do
something to move off center for security in our little church."
"In the end, I didn't pass the qualification, and I really didn't
expect to. But now I absolutely know what I need to work on."
"(Out here in the country), we're very trusting, but we need to
put on different 'armor.' To be submissive in a spiritual sense is
one thing, but to be victims is another."

"Law enforcement is not the standard of firearm excellence-
we've lost some of our service/warrior mentality."
"Unless you're a cop who pays for your own training and practices
on your own, these skills will stagnate. ... It's no wonder the hit
percentage for law enforcement is well under 20 percent. This is
changing for the better now, but slowly."
"I get the question a lot: 'How do you train teachers?' Well,
teachers who go through FASTER are better shots, as a whole,
than the coppers, and the FASTER qualification is actually harder."

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