When I was a kid about to head out to the school bus stop and there was a chance for rain, mom would say, ‘take your raincoat because it’s better to have and not need than need and not have.’
As a kid, I never imagined how relevant this expression would be as it applies to so many things in life! In wake of the Thousand Oak night club shooting and as a conceal carry citizen, this expression certainly rings some absolutes. The obvious absolute is that when in a violent situation, where someone is trying to kill you, it’s better to have tools available to defend yourself or other innocent than not have and need. That said, there are some other absolutes you should consider.
As it relates to active shooter situations, burn this into yours and your kids memory! RUN, HIDE, FIGHT!!!
Run – I’ve said it before: the best fight is the one that never happens. If you find yourself in a situation with a crazy gunman and can run away, do so and contact law enforcement. Share with them information you know about the situation. Information provided by you and others provides them with intelligence and with that, they can respond more effectively.
Hide – If you’re cornered with no avenues of escape left to explore, it’s time to hide. Find a hiding spot that provides both concealment and cover (if possible) and for the record concealment hides the body from visual detection and cover stops bullets. Also position yourself as best you can to defend yourself. Hopefully you like me and carry concealed. Go ahead and de-holster and get ready. If not, arm yourself with something close by – a mop handle, a brick, a pot of hot coffee. In either case, at this point you have surprise and violence of action on your side and that’s about it.
Fight – This is a last resort. You’ve run. You’ve hidden. Now it’s you or the shooter. The fight is on and the stakes are life or death. This is a last resort, but Chris Kyle said it best: “Despite what your momma told you, violence does solve problems.”
Nobody ever thinks they will be victims of an active shooter situation, but these tragedies happen all too frequently. Be prepared and know what to do. RUN, HIDE, FIGHT.
Train hard and stay frosty.