(Via Michael Bane on Facebook)
For those among us who have had reason to be anywhere near those who work in this area, we know that this discussion has been taking place. The nature of hostage taking, at least when it comes to the big, world stage type events, has changed. The bad guys no longer want ransoms or media attention, they want body counts. In many ways, they have become more like our home grown spree killers in the US. Not that this is an improvement.
One of the big improvements in tactical doctrine following the Columbine shooting was a change in thinking from "Secure the perimeter and wait for sufficient backup" to "Get in there and take down the shooter/shooters". Even though this puts responding officers at increased risk, it lessens the amount of time the shooter has to carry out his work.
Hostage Rescue In The Age Of ISIS from the Havok Journal (yes, another link to add to the blogroll) takes an in-depth look at this subject from the eyes of a professional in the field. While I think it's aimed at the pros, it's something that anyone who is interested in armed self defense should consider. While an individual's chance of being swept up in one of these events is small, it isn't zero, and you would be well advised to know what to expect if it happens.
Myself, I see it this way.
If you have the utter misfortune to get caught up in one of these events as a hostage, in all likelihood you are going to die. Accept the fact and own that bitch. Just be sure you take somebody with you.
Of course, I've lived most of my life now, and as such it's a little easier to say that. If you're in you're 20s or 30s and pissing yourself, trapped with a madman in the restroom of a nightclub, it's harder. But if there are enough of you, attack. Yes, some will die. The rest will disarm the bastard and stomp him into a greasy mess on the floor.
Let ISIS make political hay out of that.