Within the last several weeks we have seen some pretty terrible mass casualty events worldwide and here in the US. A phrase that I have heard a lot by the media is “shelter in place.”
Let’s take a second to talk about that and why it may not be a good idea for you and your family. First, if you are a school teacher with dozens of young children I can see where this might seem valid. It would be asking a lot of anyone to try and herd so many scared children for sure. Lock down in the hopes the bad guys won’t break down the door is asking a lot as well. It will really come down to whether or not they want to break down the door or whatever is standing between you and an ugly scenario. That is a discussion for another time.
Let’s think more in line with workplace or even worse as the holidays approach at a large shopping center/mall.
Keeping things simple; is there active shooting at this very instance. If so, are you the subject of an active engagement? Are the bad guys directing their fire at you and your family? Well, your reaction should be somewhat obvious, return immediate and effective fire. Bring to bear the full arsenal and violence you have at your disposal. All the while you should be thinking of cover, movement and an exit. If you neutralize the immediate threat one could make the argument that escaping to safety takes precedent over sticking around to see what happens.
So, a lot of things come to mind. Are you armed, are you trained, have you discussed a family safety plan for outings? If not, you better start and soon. No, the sky is not falling, but preparation and a plan beat out luck and hope any day of the week and twice on Sunday.
What if you were not the subject of the active shooting, but can see it from you position. If you can see them, assume they can see you and be prepared to return fire, but seeking cover and movement to your exit should be a big priority.
What if you hear the active shooting, but do not see the bad guys. Again, default to your tactical imperative of protecting your family first, make sure they are safe. Be prepared to return fire, definitely move quickly to your exit. All of this seems reasonable if you are together, but what if you separate or worse get separated during the melee? Having a predetermined rally point with a set time to wait before moving to the next and hopefully safer rally point. Keep moving further and further away from danger.
What if you are by yourself as you encounter the three main scenarios discussed above. You got to do what you got to do, but just remember that you may not be the only good guy there so things could get challenging really quickly with positive target identification and not getting shot by other friendlies.
The bottom line this is not so far fetched anymore. Be trained and ready to protect your family 24/7 365 days out of the year.