What a post from a Real Estate agent.
I was LAPD between 1990-2013 - some was full time(17 years) and some was as a Full Line Reserve officer.(5 years).
I worked various assignments - Patrol, Motors, Tactics/Firearms. I taught various subjects - Drug Recognition(DRE instructor), DUI, Impaired Driver Apprehension Program (IDAP), Radar, Lead Instructor for Police Motorcycle Handgun/shotgun Transition, LASER, Shotgun, Handgun, Glock, and .45 transition school.
This posting is in my opinion only. This is something I want you to consider carefully due to the apparent changes in the world with people taking over businesses and homes.
No one would wish to be taken hostage, and I wouldn't want to be taken hostage either!
While on the LAPD we trained for this aggressive response to an active shooter situation.
The school was a lot of fun and very dynamic - but it was nothing like real life and death. No training scenarios are...
Of course, we had the guns, vests and other items that attempt to put us on the same "level" as the bad guy or bad guys. We also had our training, but some bad guys are ever better trained, I'd hope that most are not.
I'm thinking of the horrible situation in the Bar in Orlando. 49 people were killed. 49 people executed, that is atrocious!
From the news reports, a single shooter.
I don't think anyone knows how that horrible terrorist situation unfolded, expect those who were there.
God Bless the survivors and families of the deceased. May God Strike Down the Terrorists!
First - Dial 911 and put your phone away
You'd be surprised how this little strategy can assist you. Because your phone is now "tied up" with being connected with the 911 operator, you won't get any "incoming" phone calls which may attract one of the hostiles to your location.
Tip - if you put your phone on speaker - you will be placing yourself more at risk. This is because the 911 operator may ask you a question etc., giving away your position or intent.
Also, remember in a dark environment the screen is going to show up like a flashlight. Use your Movie Theatre etiquette.
Plus, the 911 operator should be able to listen in to deduce what may be happening.
As far as how fast they can get your location, that will depend on the "technology" they have in place where you happen to be held up.
All I can say is it's worth a shot and if you have the ability to communicate with them, all the better.
Just know that if you are found out to be on the phone with 911, the hostile may have issues with that.
Things to Consider
Your Phone's camera can be your best friend. Why not take a few shots of the exterior and text/email them to a friend? Take a few photos of the interior, if all goes bad, at least you will have made some type of record and maybe have saved the day for the victims survivors.
Your Flash - you may not want this turned on at the time you are taking photos of the environment, just sayin'.
If course, I consider myself well trained. At least when you look at the civilian population. The "active shooter" and "terrorist" type are also well trained.
Look to your surroundings when you enter any location. Make a checklist to remind you until your "assessment" becomes second nature.
Look for the exits.
Look for Cover and Concealment:
Cover - things that hide you and are bulletproof. Concrete walls, many layers of wood, etc.
Concealment - these hide you but bullets will pass through.
Who else is involved? Maybe the terrorist has others he has employed in the audience acting as victims. Be weary before you make a stand.
Look for windows you can fit through.
Check "hiding spaces", bathrooms etc.
Look for projectiles (items you can throw) for harm or distraction. (One of the best places you can be is in the soup can isle of the supermarket - for starters) - Beer bottles, shot glasses and pool balls make some wonderful projectiles.
Don't neglect this step. Size up the tables, are they cover or concealment? What about the seats - maybe they are solid oak and maybe they will be your best friend in a confrontation.
Just know if you throw one of these items at the perpetrator - you may be "calling yourself" out.
If you are going to take the step to get involved? If so, you maybe creating attention. Are you ready for that kind of attention or not? Make up your mind during your "visionary" state of the conflict.
Scan the location to make visual notes of the other patrons.
Check your seating position. Maybe a view of the entrance would be stellar. Having your back to the door, not such a good thing.
The Parking Lot
Don't be in such a hurry to get out of your car.
There is a lot happening around you. There are many things to see which we normally would not see without making it a point to "open our eyes". Act as if you are going to have to explain what you saw to a law enforcement professional.
Scan the other vehicles for "heads" inside, people waiting in their vehicles.
Bad guys typically don't walk to the place of terror. They usually take cars. Most bad people will have associates who are waiting in a getaway vehicle.
Don't be in such a hurry to get into your car. Stop for a moment and listen before entering.
Lock your doors immediately when you get into your vehicle.
When pulling out of your garage - don't do it too quickly.
Survey the neighborhood, who's out, who's standing around, are there any "marked" delivery vehicles? What about people in their cars - Which cars are occupied?
Mindset is the key
Will your survive?
How badly do you want to survive?
It's going to be you versus them - You want to be the Survivor!!!
If people around you are being executed, will they stop when they get to you?
Not all gunshot wounds equate to a death sentence.
Remember direct pressure and forcing yourself to be calm.
I'm not trying to make you a cop
I just want you to know you may have more options than standing and waiting to get one in the head.
Again, I have no idea what those in the nightclub went through.
In some situations, by the hunted becoming the aggressor - hostile situations cease.
At other times, it could make the situation worse.
Just think about if you were in it and what you would do.
Be safe and Be well.
"I stand behind you in line at the store with a smile on my face...and a gun under my shirt and you are none the wiser, yet you are safer for having me next to you. I won't shoot you. My gun won't pull it's own trigger.
It is securely holstered with the trigger covered. It can't just go off. However, rest assured that if a lunatic walks into the grocery store and pulls out a rifle, I will draw my pistol and protect myself and my family and therefore protect you and your family.
I may get shot before I can pull the trigger...but, I won't die in a helpless blubbering heap on the floor begging for my life or my child's life. No, if I die it will be in a pile of spent shell casings. I won't be that victim.
I choose not to be. As for you, I don't ask you to carry a gun. If you are not comfortable, then please don't. But I would like to keep my right to choose to not be a helpless victim. There is evil in the world and if evil has a gun, I want one too..."