January 9, 2017 at 8:01 am #10908Charlotte FParticipant
I live in S. Florida, so we’ve all been trying to figure out the why’s of the recent Fort Lauderdale (FLL) active shooter situation where several lives were taken and there were many more injuries, not just shot victims but those running and getting hurt. I’ve attended various self-awareness self-defense classes and watched several videos on-line about how to react if you find yourself in such a scenario. Perhaps we should have a discussion about that here and use this as a learning experience?
Since last week’s incident, I’ve asked a dozen people what they would do if they were caught in that exact situation – standing at a baggage claim, awaiting the arrival of your luggage, when shots are fired in quick succession. Unfortunately, almost everyone said they’d duck and/or hide. When you duck, you’re an easy target for a roving shooter. When many hide, it’s often more interior to a shooter where they’re more trapped and in danger than they were before! After all, you don’t know how long the shooter will be there, if there’s more than one active shooter, etc. Even more unfortunately – to me – was my husband who claimed if he was close to the shooter, he would tackle him. UGH – my hubby who’s never tackled anyone, never touched a firearm, never thrown a punch? He’d be dead. 🙁
I’ve been taught that if you can identify the direction from which the shots are fired, you drop anything you’re carrying and run, zig zag method, the opposite direction towards an exit. If no exit is in sight, you barracade inside a bathroom – often with tile walls and metal doors for a tiny bit more protection.
At our baggage claims, there’s multiple exits. So I think (realizing I really don’t know until/if ever caught in that situation), I would drop any bags, quickly identify the closest exit opposite the shooter, yell at my family “RUN THIS WAY” and take off, as safely as possible navigating around myriad people and obstacles on my way! For this reason, I always wear closed-toe shoes when flying and try to carry my cel phone in a ‘otter’ type tactical clip on case on my pants, so it’s not in my hands or purse. Once seemingly safely outside, I’d keep walking while gathering my family, far away from the building and call 911 to share any information I had about the shooter/situation.
What’s your thoughts, training, advice – when we’re more than likely not carrying our own firearms?
January 10, 2017 at 6:50 am #10914SusannaDannaParticipant
Hi Charlotte, great question! I think my first instinct would also be to get the heck out of there and run from an active shooter situation – – if it were at all possible.
If I found myself at very close proximity to the shooter, and I mean very, I have to admit I would be like your husband and do something to try to knock him down or shut down his ability to continue. I can’t help it, it’s the way I’m wired. Lol Actually, being that close, I think I would be as good as dead if I didn’t try.
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January 10, 2017 at 9:28 am #10917Charlotte FParticipant
Hi Charlotte, great question! I think my first instinct would also be to get the heck out of there and run from an active shooter situation – – if it were at all possible. If I found myself at very close proximity to the shooter, and I mean very, I have to admit I would be like your husband and do something to try to knock him down or shut down his ability to continue. I can’t help it, it’s the way I’m wired. Lol Actually, being that close, I think I would be as good as dead if I didn’t try.
And you have some training to enable you to do so, Susanna! I’ve been taking situational self-defense classes, so I can imagine all sorts of scenarios to help mitigate the situation – from spilling a drink in his path or rolling fast-moving luggage in his way so he has to divert or look away or slip so someone could do something. LOL
It is almost impossible to feign ignorence when you feel you can do something; I agree. 🙂
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