Ok reality time here, there have been 281 Active shooter incidents from 1966 to 2010, thats world wide. 237 in of those are in the US. What does that mean, you are more likely to die choking on your food than you are being up against an active shooter. Can you give yourself the Heimlich Maneuver? You have a better chance of dying by tripping and falling down, do you know how to fall? (No seriously, do search for "Break fall') On average per attack you have 3 deaths, now there is the occasional difference to this, Columbine, and the Colorado theater for example.
Even with all of this your odds of being shot by a disgruntled coworker are higher than a random shooter, so odds are Bob from accounting is going to be a more likely attacker than that random shooter at Sears. Do you have a plan for how will you deal with Bob? (Bob is a recital name, interject your own questionable coworker)
I know what I would do, keep Bob as a friendly small talk coworker so when the day comes that Bob snaps he will hopefully see me hiding in my office and say "Hi (your name), thanks for being nice to me." and as he turns sparing my life for treating him like a human I will give him a massive taint punt, followed by a kick to the balls since my work place has a no gun policy.(This is satire, but you get the idea? I am in construction, we are armed.)
Look around you, what is the likely hood of say being mugged by a knife wielding attacker. What are the odds of being in a flash mob beat down, now thats a bit more probable if you are in a "urban" city, but its still pretty low. What are your odds of being punched in the face in the bar, pretty damn high. Have you even considered any H2H training. Boxing, MMA, taekwondo? OK don't take taekwondo that was BS. Go get some real training not no sissy belt gym BS, a real Dojo where you may bleed a little now and then. Bleeding in the Gym is good, more blood in there is less blood out there.
What does all this mean, you have roughly the same odds of being in an active shooter situation as you have to be struck by lightning. And even then as long as its not a hit in your dome, or pumper you have an 80% chance of survival. So carry a gun, if their is a sign saying no you cant, decide... do you want to ignore it, disarm, or find another store, restaurant, theater what ever.
Now what if you cant carry a gun due to your states illegal legislation saying you cant...again learn some good H2H, and fight against the legislation to over turn the law so you can be armed. Till then do what you can with what you have. If its a green lazer its a green lazer, but what are you going to do, just keep shining him till he says **** it and goes home? Its a good distraction but not much more, and paints you as a target. Also if you are up against a Charles Whitman shooter your lazer ain't gonna do squat, thats when the good old cardio comes in to play.
Now lets say you can carry a gun, can you use it? What I mean is can you first of all go towards the gunfire wile all others are running? Know that your odds of survival are lowered by this. Secondly once finding the shooter can you put a bullet in his dome, can you kill? Third if you can not kill can you live knowing you could have stopped the deaths of X number of people after you made it to the shooter? Now I know the answers if you are Police or Military, but what if you work in a cubical, the closest you have come to this is Call of Duty, except in Cod you weren't ****ing down your leg once the rounds came your way.
There is a lot to a situation like this, first off if all your handgun training has been standing in this position and firing you will likely get shot. If you are in a shootout you need to move. If you have never shot a hand gun on the move before you need to start. Seek training that will help you in this if need be, if you are in IA drop me a line I will help you. Now keep in mind movement is not shuffling backwards as I have seen some schools teach. Movement is left right back front, and done dynamically. This means walking or running distances, and speeds. Now doing all of that you need to still be able to stab the attacker with bullets. Its a lot to take in from the old stand in this spot and fire, but it will give you a bit more confidence should you need to use these skills. You will have real training to fall back on.
Look I know this site is for "Prepping" but why are you prepping for the most unlikely of scenarios. Its not like you carry a grounding rod in case of thunderstorms(or do you?). Can it happen to you, yea it might, but preparing for the punch in the face in the bar, a mugger on the street, and a number of other skills learned for every day possibilities can do you better than a full on what if plan, just for a shooter scenario that you don't actually have the necessary skills for. This is a real threat not to be diluted by a delusion of grandeur. Hero fantasy will get you killed, but at least they will say you were a brave soul. Besides how dumb would you feel if you died falling over a potted plant because your shoes were covered in pee wile running to, or from a shooter because you didn't know how to fall.
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I was going to post this elsewhere in a thread but once I got started ranting I couldn't stop, so to not thread jack I started here.