How to Be Safe If You’re Caught in a Mass Shooting (Part VI)

Engaging the shooter during a mass shooting needs to be a last resort even if you’re armed yourself.

What If I’m Armed?

We don’t want to get into the argument over whether more or fewer armed people contribute to or detract from a bad situation. However, experts state that if you’re armed, do the same as they suggest for anyone else. Engaging an assailant must be a last resort unless you’re trained to deal with these sorts of situations.

Even then, your first responsibility should be to get the public out of harm’s way before dealing with the threat at hand. Your best bet would be the secure the safety of yourself and as many other folks as you can.

Some folks have their own weapons but you can’t ignore the advantages of tactical knowledge, strategy, training, and experience. Escape must be the main goal for everyone who does not have the traits listed above.

When the police arrive, be sure your hands are clearly visible and offer them as much information as you can. If you have a concealed carry permit, be aware that the police won’t have any idea who the bad guy is, so be prepared to drop your weapon or be mistaken for the gunman. Let them know immediately that you have a permit to carry and let them frisk you if necessary.

Experts say that if you do take action, you must remember that when law enforcement or the police arrive on the scene, their main concern is to secure the area and either incapacitate or arrest the assailant(s). They’ll be looking for anyone who’s armed, and based on the seriousness of the situation, they might or might not give you the benefit of the doubt. Even a moment’s hesitation dropping your own weapon could be a very bad day for you.