I've also been told I have little tact, so if this offends you simply ride on.

Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Run, Run, he's got a gun!

This past week training loaded all associates are supposed to take regarding 'active shooters in the building,' or as I call it "Run, run, he's got a gun."  This is a sad statement for our times that corporations should feel it necessary their associates understand they might actually have to deal with this type of situation.  What I found interesting was that the whole thing, lasting only 2.5 minutes, was all about concealment, about either getting out of the building or finding a safe place to hide, and what to do when law enforcement arrived - leave the building with your hands in the air and fingers spread wide open.  There was not one mention of what you should do in this type of situation if you happened to be one of those individuals who are licensed to carry a concealed weapon, most likely, I suspect, because by the time you got your weapon out of your coat pocket, took off the safety, and started aiming at a moving target you would probably have already been shot.  You see active shooters don't usually carry single fire weapons, they carry assault weapons that fire a lot of bullets in a few seconds; they don't really need to aim, they just point and pull the trigger.

Interestingly enough, with all the shootings we've had, I've never heard one word from one survivor lamenting the fact that if he/ she had had their gun with them they'd have been able to save lives.  No doubt because in intense moments like shootings, panic sets in and your basic instinct is to save your ass.  That's why this training session had nothing to do with putting a bead on the shooter's head and everything to do with running away or finding a safe hiding place.  This concept is quite alien to a number of gun fanciers simply because they just don't understand how severely limited they are. 

1 comment:

  1. We had a similar class at the public library where I used to work. One irony was that our (ex-cop) mayor, who had insisted that the library not post a sign banning guns although most libraries in the system were doing just that, was the person who gave the course telling us to get the hell out if anyone brought one in with them.