It’s all hype by the media to boost their ratings. The active shooter possibility is so small it wouldn’t even be worth talking about if the media didn’t stir up such a (you-know-what) storm about it. Look at the breakout for 2017, the latest year exact numbers are available. Note that the mass shootings number for 2017 includes the Las Vegas concert incident so it’s higher than other years.
Source: CDC and Time
In comparison, how often do you hear about multiple fatality car crashes on the news? They rate one minute, once. Then they’re out of sight and out of mind. In 2017, the CDC figure for car fatalities is 40,231. Dead is dead, period. Run an internet search for “multiple fatality car crash” and limit the search period to the past month. The number you’ll find is shocking.
If you feel the need to take training to protect your life and the lives of your loved ones, take a Defensive Driving Course. Not the ones where you go out on the racetrack and drive, either. I’m talking about the boring one day classroom session where you learn all the ways that incompetent drivers try to kill you and how to avoid them. For a middle class American, that’s probably the single best use of your training resources (time, money [less than $100], and effort) that you can make. Most likely, there’s a school really close to you, too. Why? Because DDCs are conducted by the DUI schools that are everywhere so drunk drivers can get out on the road again. If you take the class, you’ll probably be like me, the only one there who didn’t have to take it because a judge made them. What’s wrong with that picture?
If you’re concerned about a firearms related incident, prioritize your efforts. Do your dry practice weekly. Go to the range and practice doing the one shot draw (or presentation from the midpoint of the drawstroke) at seven yards. Commit 100 rounds to doing it each month, one shot at a time. When you can do it consistently at seven yards, increase the distance to 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards. Learning to do that skill quickly, smoothly, and efficiently is the single most valuable thing you can do as a person who carries a pistol for personal protection.
Whoever lands the first round in the upper center chest of their adversary will be the winner of a shooting or gunfight 99 times out of 100. Make sure the winner is you and not the criminal attacker.
Take a good walk every morning, you’ll be doing more for your longevity than thinking about and stressing over a minuscule probability. Be ready to write letters to your politicians when the gun control bills surface. Until then, it’s all just talk and speculation. No need to destroy your morale and good health by beating a dead horse.
I’m going to dig out my copy of one of my favorite books and re-read it. https://www.amazon.com/How-Control-Signet-Alan-Lakein/dp/0451158024/
If you’d like to take a look at what’s really likely to kill you, here’s the reference.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – National Center for Health Statistics – Deaths: Final Data for 2017