Act Before the First Shot

With more guns in more places you have to be more alert

Is allowing more guns on campus a good idea?

For most, the answer comes down to which end of the gun they’re on.

But the consequences, and the considerations, go beyond that. And, as any cop can tell you, the best and safest way for dealing with any situation happens long before a gun comes out of the holster.

The rash of mass shootings – in nightclubs, workplaces, businesses, and on college campuses – has everyone wondering what they can do to be safer. In Texas, a new law aims to deal with at least one of those places by putting more guns on the ground.

As of August 1, Texas authorized college students with concealed weapons permits to carry handguns on campus.

The state’s governor, Greg Abbott, is a big proponent.

“Shooters will understand next time that they cross a Texas campus, somebody is going to be watching them and have the ability to do something about it to stop them,” he said before signing the law into effect.

Not everyone is as enthusiastic.

One of the Austin police officers who helped end one of the most infamous campus shootings in the nation’s history thinks it’s a bad idea.

“I think it’s terrible,” Ramiro “Ray” Martinez told Business Insider. “I believe in the Second Amendment, but I believe there’s a place and a time to have a weapon. And I don’t think the campus is any place to be running around with a pistol.”

Interestingly, as the article pointed out, students armed with hunting rifles pinned gunman Charles Whitman down and kept him from being able to fire freely. That, Martinez says, saved lives.

Clearly, allowing more guns on campus has its pros and cons. Generally, more guns means more bullets. And more chance that someone will shoot them. You may feel more protected carrying your own. But others may not be as skilled. And, in an active shooter situation, it may be harder for first responders to identify who’s a good guy and who isn’t.

No matter where you stand on the issue, the reality is simple. The best protection is proactive. The best way to stay safe is to identify the potential threat BEFORE it happens.

Our security teams have developed a science-based system for doing just that. Whether we’re providing close protection services for a dignitary in Iraq, guiding NGO workers in South Sudan, training cops or training teachers, we know it’s better to act, than react.

We don’t rely on hunches. We don’t use a crystal ball. We use DTRD — Dynamic Threat Recognition and Decision-Making. It’s a proven method for recognizing observable pre-event indicators to violence, developing awareness by learning to read human behavior, and being able to identify predators attempting to hide within the crowd. It employs the combat-tested methods used by military and police to prevent incidents before they occur. We specialize in teaching individuals how to apply those skills when they need them most – in complex environments. Places where there’s lots of people and lots of movement, like college campuses.

Because avoiding danger or eliminating a threat before it happens is always better than after the bullets start flying – on campus, and everywhere else.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]