SVmikeHave you been to Texas? In reality it has very little to do if good ol boys with guns are walking around. Its the element of supersize and terror. Confusion and disorganization are a terrorists best friend. If in your world you assume all the cowboys will pull out their guns and start blasting away. All you will have is a bunch of dead people and police not knowing what the hell is going on. Toss in a bomb or two and you have real chaos. Exactly what the terrorists want.
this, exactly this. Concert-goers at the time said they thought the initial start of the attack was a part of the concert until the horrific reality set in, Unless you have been in a situation like this, maybe even a combat one where you recognize there is a threat and something (not a veteran, just speculating so don't get it twisted) needs to be done or else people are gonna die, then I feel like someone would act. But I think the average recreationally-shooting/hunting citizen is just familiar with the "shooting for sport" aspect of guns and not how to eliminate a threat. Could be wrong for sure, But mass amounts of bloodshed will still occur. We're talking about multiple and successful attacks in one night in one of the largest cities in the world. It can happen anywhere with the right amount of planning, as fucked up as it is.
Whats interesting is the amount of people that are almost condemning victims of the attack for not banding together and starting an uprising or something. I guess you could overwhelm a group if they're out-numbered, but I really think it would be hard to even move an inch given the circumstances. It appeared to be insanely chaotic, confusing, and terrifying like you said which would certainly make it difficult for someone to be a hero.
Those marines beat the shit out of that one guy a few months ago, and that one guy who essentially stopped that school shooting in Oregon was a veteran as well, both those are one dudes.
I don't know, its hard to say really. Its even more fucked up that we are discussing scenarios like this as if they could actually happen. What a weird age.