You are, of course, right about that.Anyone see the news about the Seattle Mall shooting yesterday?
When you talk to your friends about it remind them that all it would take on any of these mall shootings is to have a CHL holder present, and much of the carnage could be stopped...innocent lives could be saved.
You are, of course, right about that.
The article I read made it sound like a targeted shooting and not a killing spree.
I am interested in how a police officer would recommend a CHL holder handle that scenario.
I have had a decent amount of military training, am a CHL holder, and practice at the range 2 times per week. I consider myself very much able to have taken down any of the punks that have committed the recent atrocities whether at a school or shopping mall. Granted, I would have had to be there AND have had my sidearm that I train with. However - if I was at a shopping mall with my family and I heard shots fired - even though my first instinct is to run towards the gunfire with weapon drawn, I have to get my family to safety first. That is where I am torn. I wouldn't want to lock my wife and daughter in a closet to then go deal with the bad guy(s) only to return to find them dead - having not known there was more than one perp but in a different area. I wouldn't consider my family safe until they were off the premises of the mall and driving home. But if you take the time to escort the family to the car the statistics from the Virginia Tech shootings state that in about 10 minutes he killed 30 people and shot about 40 total. Where do you draw the line?
The "right " answer is get you and your family to safety. Period.
No matter how well trained you are , "running to the sound of shots with gun in hand" you will only get yourself shot by a security guard who does not know you from Adam, and sees you as a shooter.Or another CHL holder who is in the area and only sees you as another shooter shoots you.
If you are not in immediate danger, do not run to it. A CHL is for self defense, not public defense.