I've long maintained - and I've not been alone - that teaching people to run and hide in an active-shooter situation is a self-defeating proposition. Now it seems that at least some training programs are getting the message.
Spooked by a year of high-profile rampages, hundreds of companies and organizations like NeighborWorks are racing to train their workers how to react to a shooter in their workplaces. And after decades of telling employees to lock down and shelter in place, they are teaching them to fight back if evacuating is not an option.
The idea: Work as a team to disrupt and confuse shooters, opening up a split second to take them down.
The paradigm shift in response — from passive to active — has been endorsed and promoted by the Department of Homeland Security. Last month, it recommended that federal workplaces adopt the training program “Run, Hide, Fight,” which it helped develop.
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“If you can move him from offense to defense, you have changed the outcome of the event,” said Greg Crane, a former SWAT officer whose company, the ALICE Training Institute, taught workers at NeighborWorks as well as at Facebook and Apple. “He’s thinking about what you are doing to him, not what he’s doing to you. Mentally, he’s going through a whole different process.”
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For many people, the idea of confronting a mass shooter is new and totally startling. But Lanier and security professionals say they are pushing that response for a couple of reasons. For one, it works. An FBI study of active shooter events from 2000 to 2013 found that 13 percent of the incidents were stopped “after unarmed citizens safely and successfully restrained the shooter.” The other reason: With most shooting rampages ending before police arrive, what other option is there?
“If you’re passive in the face of extreme violence,” Crane said, “you’re going to get hurt.”
There's more at the link.
I still believe that the most appropriate response to armed aggression is armed defense; but if that's not possible, due to political correctness, corporate policies or any other factor, defense remains essential. The average human running speed is about 15 mph, but a bullet from an average handgun moves at plus-or-minus 700 mph, and one from an AR-15 rifle moves at over 2,000 mph. You can't outrun them, so you might as well fight back at the person shooting them!
As the late, great Jeff Cooper pointed out: "The will to survive is not as important as the will to prevail... the answer to criminal aggression is retaliation", and, on another occasion, "The proper solution to armed robbery is a dead robber, on the scene." The latter applies equally well, IMHO, to any terroristic threat.