We all know that concealed carriers are the best option for stopping an active shooter situation, but a news station in Texas decided to put it to the test.
WFAA-TV, selected 4 people to play the “good guys” and utilized the services of a SWAT team member and tactical instructor to play the part of the “bad guy”.
The group was put through several different scenarios, including an active shooter situation in an office building. The results were very interesting and I wish more news stations would take this seriously.
Watch some video of the exercise and let us know your comments on the matter. It wasn’t a perfect test, but one thing was very clear: having a good guy with a gun on the scene was much better than everyone being sitting ducks for the shooter.
According to theBlaze,
The good guys had myriad levels of experience. Matthew Beeman, 41, had just six hours of training; Brian Martin, 30, had 10 hours of training; Mary Bannan, 67, had 25 hours of training; and Royce Hardin, 68, had 50 hours of training.
All of the participants were armed with training pistols that shot pellets and wore helmets and goggles. Clary had an AK-47 that shot pellets and was protected by body armor — something the contestants were not made aware of. The four would have to shoot him in the head, neck or pelvis in order to “kill” him.
In the first situation, the participants — or “good guys” — were in a tall cubicle. Clary acted the part of a disgruntled employee who entered the building and fired a few warning shots — giving the participants a split second to determine whether they wanted to shoot the assailant or hide.
First up was Martin. When the “bad guy” entered the mock workplace, he stayed in his cubicle, using his chair as cover. When Clary came near, he opened fire and hit him with two fatal rounds.
Next was Beeman. When he heard the gunshots, he scrambled into a nearby darkened cubicle and also opened fire — fatally hitting the “bad guy.”
When it was Bannan’s turn, she also stayed in her cubicle. Yet, when she opened fire on Clary, she either missed or hit his vest.
Hardin also stayed crouched in his cubicle, and when the gunman made his way near to him, he opened fire — hitting him only in the vest.
“I shot him in the vest on purpose,” Hardin said after the exercise. “I didn’t want to hit him in the head, because it wasn’t real life to me.”
The simulation was overseen by Travis Bond, managing member of the DFW Shooters Academy, an instructor with 32 years of training and law enforcement experience.
Watch one of the scenarios below and read about how the others went at WFAA-TV.