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What To Do If You Face An Active Shooter

Questions are coming in about what to do if you face an active shooter. The short answer is slow down. Don’t rush into the action. Remember you are responsible for every round you fire—and if you shoot the wrong person, you will go to jail. Worse yet, you could end up getting shot by another Good Samaritan looking to stop the shooter.

Slow down. Gather information. See and understand the situation before you jump into it.

Move. Shoot. Communicate.

If you don’t know what is going on, keep your finger off the trigger. Observe before you act. Get as much information as you possibly can before you decide to engage.

Excellent advice from Kevin Michalowski @ USCCA !

REMEMBER – The vast majority of us aren’t SpecOps guys, or active law enforcement.  We have no duty to engage.  Speaking for myself, I’m an ‘armchair adventurer’ at best, and a old, crippled one.  And I don’t wear a cape or cowl.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


4 thoughts on “What To Do If You Face An Active Shooter

  1. you could end up getting shot by another Good Samaritan

    I would worry more about the shooter’s partners than another legal citizen. (remember the cop killers in Walmart in Vegas?)
    Great advice about slowing down and gathering intel. In a perfect* world this would be done while exiting and calling for the cavalry to respond.

    *you know, the one we don’t live in!

    Posted by KM | December 29, 2015, 2:25 pm
  2. Yep, good advice. Goes along with actually maintaining SA all the time… It’s better to NOT put one’s ass in a situation where you’re involved!

    Posted by Old NFO | December 29, 2015, 8:34 pm

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