active shooterPosted: April 10, 2013
Today an email arrived for a required training course. Usually we learn to separate capital from expense or avoid offending everyone about anything ( ie don’t try to be funny .) This one said “Active Shooter Training.” I thought it would be about using bar-code scanners.
Active Shooter is the term Homeland Security chose to describe a person trying to kill people in an enclosed area. The training consisted of a video and a quiz, produced in some part by Homeland Security. The video was compelling, intense and troubling. This subject should be.
People should have a plan. That’s me. I read the exit brochure on airplanes, try to get in the exit row, check the stairways in hotels, wash my hands in restrooms. People who don’t have a plan are more likely to panic and do nothing. People who have a plan have a chance. It should be you too. Make it a habit.
This film says there are three choices: Run, hide, fight
Run if you can get out without being in the line of fire. Don’t take your stuff, it’s just stuff. Warn others, but if they won’t act, get yourself out. Once out, call 911. Interesting that coming out they advise keep your hands in plain sight since rescuers won’t know good guys from the bad.
Hide if your exit route may take you into danger lock the door and barricade it if possible. Turn off the lights and silence phones. Wait for help to arrive.
Fight when there is no alternative. Improvise weapons, a fire extinguisher can be blinding or the tank a weapon. Mankind can make almost anything a weapon. When you fight, fight with as much aggression as you can muster.
Don’t try to reason with a person in this state.
So that’s how part of my afternoon went. What a statement to the malaise of the world that this term even exists and is treated like a tornado or other natural disaster.
If you are one of those guys who’ve watched a zillion movies or played thousand of hours of shoot-em-ups on the computer. The people who do this are not brave and not a hero. It is a cowardly act perpetrated by a coward. Be better than that. Protect the less fortunate, help the weak. We all need that.