On November 14, 2017, we had—yet again—another shooting on public school grounds. As many people know, these schools are “gun-free zones”. Whether you support those or not, one thing is for certain…these horrible incidents are not going to go away anytime soon. And unfortunately, these tragedies are only becoming more and more frequent. This is why it is a must for parents to consistently teach their children important, life-saving tactics and provide them with tools that can help save their life. This is not based on fear but rather based on a peace of mind. Here are a few thoughts:
On average in the United States police response times can range from 4 minutes to 1 hour. What does this mean? There will most likely be more people injured while you wait for our heroes to show up…unless you do something about it. So now the question is, how can I as a civilian minimize injury and death? That answer is simple.
Practice smart tactics. Then practice them again.
Although the mindset is slowly changing throughout the districts, the common practice right now in schools is to huddle together in a corner of the classroom, away from doors and windows. To the untrained, this seems like the best and only option; it is not. Law Enforcement and other trained professionals are now teaching to secure the door with heavy objects, tie a belt around the hinge of the door, and arm yourself with surrounding items to distract and overwhelm the threat. These tactics have been tested by several Law Enforcement agencies and they have proven to dramatically reduce injuries and fatalities.
On average in the United States police response times can range from 4 minutes to 1 hour.
We must as families, communities, schools, and fellow citizens should not be afraid to prepare for these types of events. The more we prepare, the better chance we have at survival and the more peace of mind we will have. Someone very wise once told me, “Your body cannot go where the mind has not already been”. This is essential for self-defense and it cannot go unpracticed. Unfortunately, we as normal citizens can no longer rely on first responders to “take care of business”. It is time for us to take some added responsibility and help the situation—in any way possible—before help arrives.
Now, small, young children can only take so much training and some parents do not teach their children life-saving tactics due to lack of experience or simply out of fear, but there is another option. Giving your child the tools to protect him or herself is essential in an active shooter situation. Armor inserts are an easy, discrete and reliable way to protect your children. A small piece of protective armor which weighs less than a pound can make all the difference and has the potential to save one’s life. It is always better to have it, and not need it, then to need it and not have it.
I urge all parents to take the time to get educated on what works and what doesn’t. Train, and then train some more and most importantly give your children the correct tools to help protect them. This knowledge can save lives, but it needs to be implemented first…
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