Orange, CA (PRWEB) June 10, 2016
While the NRA, politicians, and celebrities fill up the airways debating gun control, one expert says there is an obvious question not being asked: "Why do schools and employers have fire drills, tornado drills, lockdown drills, but not active shooter drills?"
That's the question posed by certified self-defense instructor and managing member of Odin Defense Training, LLC, Dale Porter. "How many lives at Columbine, Virginia Tech, and Sandy Hook would have been saved had the schools had a well rehearsed active shooter plan in place?"
According to Porter, the knife attack at Lone Star College is a great case in point. 15 people were hurt from a single attacker wielding a knife, he says. "Had these students been trained in the active shooter scenarios, there is no way that the number of injured would be so high. These kids simply had no clue how to deal with the attack. The school failed to provide them with training even though training is readily available."
Porter is an active COBRA self-defense instructor and a managing member of Odin Defense Training located in Orange, CA. The COBRA-Defense Active Shooter Plan is a variety of drills and scenarios that have been pulled together by a veteran street cop and maximum security prison guard. The drills and scenarios help people react with sound strategic and tactical skills despite the hysteria of an attack. Porter likens the training to a "Police Academy for Civilians."
With the frequency of shootings increasing, organizations may need to reverse the thought that "It would never happen here..." to "Let's prepare, in case it does."
School and workplace shootings also have more than the mortal cost of lives lost. Civil lawsuits for failure to protect students or employees have proliferated in the wake of increased school and workplace shootings. Having a well rehearsed plan may help mitigate that liability by saving both lives and money.
It's clear that we live in a world where the threat of active shooters is a real danger. The ongoing debates about gun control and other cause related issues to school and workplace shootings needs to be balanced with a proactive plan of preparation for the next time it happens.