Last Resort Firearms Training, a gun training facility north of White Hall, recently offered a class for armed citizens on how to respond to an “active shooter” event. “Active shooter” is the term given by police to individuals who start shooting innocent people in public places. Well known examples include shootings at the Aurora, CO movie theater, Virginia Tech University, and Columbine High School in Littleton, CO.
Last Resort developed a class focused on how to respond to these active shooters, and hosted this class for the first time on October 13.
“Many good citizens are legally carrying handguns to defend themselves against violent attack,” said Ed Monk, lead instructor for this class and co-owner at Last Resort. “But Active Shooters differ significantly from a simple one-on-one attack. To best prepare to react to an Active Shooter requires different skills, tactics, gear, and a different mindset.”
The first three hours of the class were in the classroom. Students were first presented with a detailed history of active shooter events, which included location, weapons used, time elapsed, rounds fired, number of victims killed and wounded, and how the violence was stopped.
“Once an active shooter starts his attack,” Monk says in the class, “history and statistics show us that someone will be shot every 8-12 seconds that the attack continues. So, the more quickly someone acts to stop the active shooter, the more lives will be saved and the more injuries will be prevented.”
Monk went on to say that police usually arrive 4-10 minutes after the attack starts, and rarely arrive in time to stop an active shooter.
The classroom discussion then covered how to mentally and physically prepare to react if someone finds themselves at a location where an active shooter starts his attack. Monk stated that active shooter events can differ from more traditional self-defense shootings in many ways.
For example, traditional self-defense shootings are usually at very close distances, usually within five yards. But armed citizens at an active shooter attack may find themselves much farther away from the killer who is shooting innocent people.
Another difference is that active shooters usually have more than one gun, and usually at least one rifle or shotgun.
“This means the armed citizen at an active shooter event will probably be 'outgunned' in range, power and capacity,” Monk said.
Another difference is that most active shooters intend on dying, and over 70 percent commit suicide at the end of their attack. This means most of them cannot be reasoned with or talked into surrendering.
After a lunch break, students began live-fire drills on Last Resort's range complex. This began with students shooting their defensive handguns at varying distances to determine how far away from targets each felt confident in getting hits.
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