Hi All, Please read this Washington Post article entitled “Are video games or mental illness causing America’s mass shootings? No, research shows.” There is a statement in this article which is: “The fact that somebody would go out and massacre a bunch of strangers, that’s not the act of a healthy mind, but that doesn’t mean they have a mental illness.” This is a very important … Continue reading Is Mental Illness a Contributing Factor to Mass Shootings?
Hi All, Please read this article, entitled: 2019 Saw Most Mass Killings on Record, US Database Reveals. The mass killer can be stopped by bullets. No doubt. Let’s be clear right off the bat. When it comes to how Americans may die, mass killing incidents are still relatively rare in number. Americans are far more likely to die of heart disease, cancer, stroke, diabetes, and … Continue reading Mass Killing Incidents: Is there a Solution?
Hi All, Please see this brief article about the University of North Carolina Charlotte student, Riley Howell. He was the young man who was fatally shot in last April’s shooting incident. He died, while protecting his fellow classmates, as he took the shooter off his feet. He is now being recognized – in an official manner – as being a Jedi. Yes, we said Jedi, … Continue reading Riley Howell: A Real Jedi
Hi All, Please see this article entitled: Nine dead after California sees three mass shootings in four days in The Guardian. It’s an article that merely details the most recent mass/active shootings. It is plainly clear that our law enforcement capability has the means to effectively stop a threat, that is, shoot and kill an active shooter. That’s not questioned. We have that down, and we … Continue reading How to “Kill” the Hydra-head of Active Shooters
Hi All, Just a quick post to share that training should always evolve to meet the changing needs of the world. However, changing training just for the sake of changing training, to create new models with new, catchy acronyms, to create new revenue streams, is a waste of time and potentially distracting to those who need good information. Please see this clearly well-intentioned article. It … Continue reading Run-Hide-Fight is about Options and not a Prescribed Sequence
Hi All, Please read this useful article, entitled U.S. Secret Service: 10 warning signs before a school shooting. It’s always useful to study real research on subjects such as the Active Assailant predicament. Otherwise, fear rules and distorts decision-making and ultimately how we address this serious issue. Note warning sign # 4: “Most attackers had experienced psychological, behavioral or developmental symptoms.” Note warning sign … Continue reading Building strong, sane, children as a Means to Address the Active Assailant Predicament
Please read this quality article on America’s most recent active shooter event in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Let’s take a fresh look at the kind of attention the active assailant phenomenon deserves. The measures of addressing this phenomenon ought to address the fullest scope of the issue. It’s a complicated issue, deserving sophisticated multi-various approaches. We should, then, go at the issue with many things in … Continue reading The Active Assailant Phenomenon Deserves a Full, Sane Approach
Many thanks to Robert Cannon, CHSS for sharing the article on LinkedIn which we highlight here. The value of LinkedIn is just kind of collaborative sharing which can potentially help us all. There is a place for a hero-ethic in the American consciousness. It’s actually already there. It’s innate in all of us. It could come alive, and save lives (even if just one). This ethic … Continue reading SuperHero Ethics & How to Stop Bullets
Please see the valuable article here by John Weinstein the Lieutenant/Commander, Strategic Planning and Outreach at the Northern Virginia Community College. Thank you to Raymond Hitchcox, Security Manager at CHI Memorial Hospital, for sharing the article on LinkedIn. See here my additional points, reflections, and considerations in response to this article. This is a valuable article in how it addresses the Run-Hide-Fight methodology, but also … Continue reading Active Shooter Response: Some How To’s & Considerations of Run-Hide-Fight
I have seen several companies (which claim to specialize in active assailant/shooter issues) list what they often refer to as pillars of an effective active assailant/shooter protection plan. I don’t need to mention the names of the companies. This is not about them, but rather the so-called pillars and presumptions surrounding these pillars. The pillars often include: 1). Emergency Action Plan, 2). Active Shooter Training, … Continue reading Thinking Through Reasonable Approaches to Active Assailant/Shooter Protection Planning