A Better Prepared For Active Shooter Situations

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To be better prepared for active shooter situations it is important to understand the history and make up of an active shooter, and what to do in the event of an active shooter situation. Active shooter situations are becoming more and more frequent, due to the fact that they are rising in occurrences, it is essential to know how you can better prepare yourself for such an event. An active shooter is defined as, “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area; in most cases, active shooters use firearms(s) and there is no pattern or method to their selection of victims”. (U.S. Department of Homeland Security, 2008) Most often active shooters events will end quickly, “active shooters will continue to move throughout building or area until stopped by law enforcement, suicide, or other intervention. (Deputy Les Wiemers, n.d.) Active shooter events have been occurring for a very long time throughout our history. One case of domestic terrorism and school involved shooting happened on April 20, 1999. Columbine high School, located in Littleton, Colorado, two gunmen killed 13 people and wounded 21 others. Law enforcement agencies responded knowing they had to set up a perimeter and wait for S.W.A.T to respond due to the need of special tactics. The wait by Law Enforcement to make entry into the school, caused a delay in eliminating the threat. The delay and lack of preparedness by students, and staff,…

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