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Violence in America: The need for active shooter defense programs

Written By | Jul 2, 2019
Active Shooter, Training Programs

SAN DIEGO: America is changing. Fifty, forty even twenty years ago, mass shootings in schools, houses of worship and public spaces were rare. (F.B.I. Confirms a Sharp Rise in Mass Shootings Since 2000) Following 1999’s Columbine massacre, children killing other children in their schools has become our nightmare. (The 11 mass deadly school shootings that happened since Columbine). All leading to the necessity for active shooter training programs.

In today’s America, there is a growing concern for the proliferation of mass shootings. Those of a certain age, growing up in a time when freedom and independence abounded. It is difficult for most of us to conduct daily activities without some form of trepidation.

New worries about safety for their families, loved ones and selves

It might be felt that the Norman Rockwell bucolic life in America is slipping away.  Not slowly but in an avalanche of violence. According to the Gun Violence Archive, in 2019 alone there have been 26,840 gun incidents. This includes 7,095 deaths, 13,786 injuries, and 201 mass shootings so far in 2019.

School shootings, or which there are approximately 8, led to 4 deaths and 17 wounded, according to The New York Times.

Workplace and religious house shootings have also become an unwelcome addition to national news. (Here’s a look at some of the worst mass shootings at houses of worship in recent years) The most recent violence at the Poway Synagogue located North of San Diego, CA left one person dead, three injured, including the Rabbi. (Bring in the light: Remember Lori Kaye, pray for the Chabad of Poway)


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The psyche of the active shooter

The reasons why shooters exist may have to do with those who possess a criminal past, have a history of mental illness, are substance abusers, are domestic abusers, have employment grievances or might possess feelings of hate towards certain ethnic or religious groups.

In the article, The FBI’s warning signs of a mass shooter, the writer says:

In June this year, the US Department of Justice’s research arm produced a report on the current uptick in US homegrown terror (including mass shootings as well as violent attacks attacks using explosives and vehicles). That report agrees with the FBI’s findings that American mass shooters tend to share certain traits—no matter what their motivation.
Homegrown US terrorists “frequently combined personal grievances (ie. perceptions that they had been personally wronged) with political grievances (i.e., perceptions that a government entity or other political actor had committed an injustice),” the report found.

With the continuous threat of terrorism on American shores, it is shocking to realize that Americans are shooting Americans and compromising our very way of life.

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Escape slides for schools and businesses can provide fast, life saving exits in case of an active shooter or fire. This system found at

It is interesting and tragic to note that most shootings in American occur in the privacy of individual homes–individuals harming their own family members.

Active shooter training programs

As active shooters are becoming a way of life for our country, there is a critical need to educate the public relative to protect themselves, their families and colleagues.

From hospitals, businesses, schools, public and private organizations, governmental organizations and the like, Active Shooter programs, like Run, Hide, Fight – Surviving an active shooter are being developed. The City of Houston, Texas, police department producing the six-minute, graphic video with a $200,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The video shows how to identify an active shooter, how to respond to an incident, how to report an incident, how to prepare for an unanticipated incident.

“Active Shooter incidents are getting closer to home. To give ourselves and our family the real sense of security, protect them in an event and abide by the law, Active Shooter training programs are very important. They limit liability and save lives.”

-Nimish Mistry, Founder and CEO, Active Victim Defense Training

Active Victim

Active Victim is another active shooter training programs. The program offers both at-your-location training; or an off-site option that can be combined with a corporate retreat. There are also individual training programs.

“Active Shooter incidents are getting closer to home. To give ourselves and our family the real sense of security, protect them in an event and abide by the law, Active Shooter training programs are very important. They limit liability and save lives.”

-Nimish Mistry, Founder and CEO, Active Victim Defense Training

Learn more

For further information about this unique, award-winning active shooter
program, contact:

Active Victim
(954) 299-8785

Alice Training is another private active training program which is known or its work with law enforcement, school students from all grades, higher education, health care, faith-based organizations and more.

To learn more about Alice Training, contact:


Since 1966, 1,102 Americans have been killed in senseless mass shootings, published in excerpted from the Washington Post.

Coping with tragedy

Oftentimes, the physical and emotional toll of traumatic experiences-whether at work, at school, while in public or when at home are significant. The National Center for PTSD estimates that 28% of shooting victims result in PTSD whether or not they sustained an injury. PTSD from experiences such as this can create serious emotional difficulties which could have great impact on mental and physical health.

Assistance might be necessary, whether short-or long-term, to come to terms with and heal from horrific experiences.

In addition to support from friends and family, and availing oneself to local health, medical professionals or organizations, there are a variety of support groups and applicable publications which could be of great value in leading to recovery:

APA advocacy efforts around gun violence prevention

National Center for PTSD

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network

As life today continues unfolding, along with its many unknowns, it would behoove us to empower ourselves, our families and our friends with proper education and preparation for a variety of shootings and other types of travesty and disasters.

With gratitude for the life we have each and every day, there is no doubt that the great American spirit and innovation will prevail.

Until next time, enjoy the ride in good health!

Laurie Edwards-Tate

Since 1984, Laurie Edwards-Tate has served as President and Founder of At Your Home Familycare, a non-medical Home Care Aide Organization, serving seniors, disabled, infirm and children. Laurie is Board of Director 2018 (elected), Palomar Health; Executive Board Member; Chair Board Human Resources Committee; Member of Audits & Compliance Committee; Community Relations Committee.