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reply to post by DocHolidaze
Ah ok thanks for the clarification, i didn't take it that way, but I can see how it is portrayed a bit like that they are more competent in taking a shooter down or the LEOs than the responsibility of the people being killed. I have often wondered if something like this came down if it would be possible to just gang up on the shooter and take him down rather than allow everyone to be killed.
I went back to college when I was in my late 30s. I have a conceled carry permit and I was also a certified armed security guard. Right after the Virginia Tech shootings one of my professors asked if I was carrying at the time and I replied "Yes." He said "Good" and then asked me what I would do if something like VT happened there. That stumped me. I carried because my classes went late into the evening and the campus was in a nasty section of the City and I was worried about a threat in the parking lot on the way to my car, not one in class. When I thought it over I came up with the following things.
1. I would not go after the shooter.
2. I would try to find a place with cover and hole up.
3. I would try to get as many people with me to do the same as possible and provide cover fire for them if necessary.
4. I would try to establish communications with the Police.
5. I would wait it out and only allow a uniformed Police officer to disarm me.
My Rules of Engagement would be to fire at no one unless they fired at me or I witnessed them firing at an unarmed person.
In a situation like this you have no idea who the bad guys are unless you actually see them do something. Any person with a weapon could be in the same situation as I am in. By establishing communications with the Police, I can let them know where I am and that I am armed and not a threat. I could also provide information to them, but, most of all they can let me know when they are getting to where I am so that I can place my weapon on the ground, step away from it and not get shot.
This rare, but terrifying scenario is something that all of us should consider with the prevalence of mass shootings in modern times.
One thing I wonder when there are multipal shooters committing the terror event, how to stay safe from the authorities when they come in? They say that you should place your hands on your head and head towards them, but that just seems like another chance to get between them and the bullets flying by the bad guys. Any suggestions?
Lets talk about this because I for one would like to survive a shooting spree but more importantly, to have drills with my family for public places. I mean we have talked about it happening at school, but not other public places.
What about the handicapped or disabled, the very young?edit on 29-9-2013 by antar because: (no reason given)
1. Hit The Deck!
This seems like common sense. Matter of fact, all of these will seem like common sense. But you wouldn't believe how many people hear gunfire in a public place and just stand around, heads all in the air, bewildered, looking this way and that.
Get low! The first thing you need to do is remove your dome from the where the bullets will be. So ... lower it.