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Experts explain how to protect yourself amid active shooter situation

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (KRDO) - Public safety experts are weighing in on how you can try your best to stay safe during an active shooter situation, after a man opened fire in a Boulder grocery store Monday.

"Most people don't want to think about it, or acknowledge that they do and will happen, so they're unprepared," Alain Burrese, director of training at Reflex Protect and the author of Survive a Shooting, told KRDO about active shooter situations.

Buresse suggests having a plan for different scenarios. He told KRDO you should know where the exits are inside every building, and not just the main one since that probably won't be an option.

He said fighting back should be your last resort, but sometimes it's necessary.

"In some situations, your only option is to defend yourself, and you do that with whatever you have available," Burrese said.

First, Burrese and Douglas Parisi -- director of training at SafeDefend and former law enforcement -- agree, saying you should hide when you can, but make a point to get further from the suspect.

“Unless you have a barrier between you and the shooter, like a door or wall or something like that, you need to keep moving," Parisi told KRDO.

There are also steps you can take to try and prevent the situation all together. Parisi said if you notice a loved one or someone else acting strange, acknowledge it.

"If someone is saying something or posting something that's questionable, it's time to report them," he explained.

The FBI has released other resources for active shooter situations here.

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Julia Donovan

Julia is a reporter for KRDO. Learn more about Julia here.


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  1. Now imagine that everyone was taught how to effectively and efficiently concealed carry a handgun and was not charged fees to do so if they choose to carry. Now imagine how effective a deterrent an well trained armed populace is against an active shooter.
    As of 07-21-18 CSPD’s average response time for life threatening calls for service is 9 minutes and 22 seconds!
    Why isn’t there a report put out by CSPD to tell the populace what is is now in 2021? Since 2018, do you believe that CSPD’s overall performance has improved, stayed the same or declined? Since 2018, do you think CSPD has added more line officers to their staff, stayed the same, or less line officers?
    What is faster, CSPD’s average response time to a life threatening call for service or having a well trained person concealed carrying on-site?
    Adding additional laws will not fix this problem. If a criminal wants to get a gun, they will get a gun. And if a person wants to become an active shooter, there is little that can be done to stop this by adding additional laws. Think about it, A person is willing to commit Murder, arguably the most severe of crimes there is. What additional charge could one possibly add that will be a deterrent when the aspect of life in prison or death didn’t dissuade them in the first place?
    I feel for the victims, but it would be doing them a disservice to not have an intelligent and intellectual conversation about this topic that is rooted within the fearmongering and conducted by people that know little about this topic. Politicians need to find experts in the field to do this, and not ones that simply align with the agenda they want to push. We have to remember the 2nd Amendment must stay intact and unaltered.
    “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
    Those last 4 words are the most important part of this Amendment, and we must hold our government accountable to not attempt to alter or lessen it.

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