While the chances of becoming the victim in a mass shooting are extremely slim, the recent high-profile massacres in Paris and San Bernardino are contributing to a demand for classes aimed at preparing members of the public for an attack.
One recent seminar took place the week after Christmas at a town hall meeting in Douglasville, Georgia, and was attended by nearly 100 people worried what what they should do in the event that someone opens fire at their school, mall or work place.
Chief Gary Sparks, an Army veteran with 29 years of law enforcement experience, advised the attendees to study floor plans before going to events with large gatherings of people – like a professional sports game – so as to devise an exit plan or place to hide.
‘You can’t go out here and not have a mind-set to win the fight,’ the chief said, according to the New York Times. ‘Can’t go around here with no sheepish-type mind-set. There ain’t no sheep dogs. Everybody in Douglasville, we tigers, lions, bears, elephants, whatever you want to be.’
In the course of the 90-minute meeting, the concerned citizens received a pamphlet explaining active shooting situations, watched a video showing a dramatized workplace shooting and were taught the guidelines for how to react to a shooter: run, hide or fight.
In this course, the final and last resort of fighting was more seriously argued by the law enforcement officials.
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SOURCE: Daily Mail, Ashley Collman