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Old 12-27-2017, 07:19 PM   #1
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They call it Situational Awareness

I've noticed, since I started carrying daily, I pay attention to my surroundings so much more. This was driven home when I caught myself scanning the congregation at the Christmas Vigil Mass (those radical Catholics ). I do sign language interpreting so I am facing out. I'm far from paranoid or "super-tacticool". It was one of those moments of introspection. I concluded it's a good habit.

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Old 12-27-2017, 07:34 PM   #2
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Everyone should be aware of their surroundings always! No excuses for becoming a statistic!
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Old 12-27-2017, 08:41 PM   #3
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Know where the exits are at all times and think of your routes well in advance of events that may require you to need them. You will develop "tunnel vision" during stress events as well as revert to your training when stressed. Always train properly so you will be able to successfully respond to danger.

Also, ALWAYS watch where people's hands are. If they are in their pockets, they can pull a weapon and get you before you can react. That is why when confronted with this situation, a LEO will tell the person to turn around before having them remove their hands from their pockets. The LEO should also move as the subject turns so their position will be changed if a sudden movement to attack occurs and a lethal response is required. (This is not a situation you should be dealing with, as it involves enforcement and is not part of our self-protection concerns/responsibilities) But, it is important to be aware of hands as that is where the possible weapons threat will come from.
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It has always bothered me that the drill for an "active shooter" in schools is to shelter in place. It would seem that staying in a room would be far more dangerous than exiting through the back door and getting the children as far away from the building as possible. Unless there is a team of assassins waiting outside, escaping prior to the shooter entering the room would seem the safer course of action. Even though they tell us to turn out the lights and wait it out, I wonder (but pray I never find out) that if I actually heard shots if I would keep the kiddos in the room or get them out quickly. Just something I think about when they do the drills.
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I have also learned to look for LEOs in the environment. Funny how I never paid attention to/noticed plain clothes officers in the past. Again, I think it is possible to be alert and aware without being suspicious.
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Old 12-27-2017, 11:25 PM   #6
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Originally Posted by Elf1 View Post
It has always bothered me that the drill for an "active shooter" in schools is to shelter in place. It would seem that staying in a room would be far more dangerous than exiting through the back door and getting the children as far away from the building as possible. Unless there is a team of assassins waiting outside, escaping prior to the shooter entering the room would seem the safer course of action. Even though they tell us to turn out the lights and wait it out, I wonder (but pray I never find out) that if I actually heard shots if I would keep the kiddos in the room or get them out quickly. Just something I think about when they do the drills.
Public schools should have an armed officer and a security system in place.
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Old 12-28-2017, 05:58 AM   #7
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I do the same thing. As a younger man, we called this "condition yellow," after articles written by Jeff Cooper.

I always sit with my back to the wall and watch exits.
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Yep. Condition yellow is situational awareness.
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Old 12-28-2017, 09:19 AM   #9
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Originally Posted by The Tourist View Post
I do the same thing. As a younger man, we called this "condition yellow," after articles written by Jeff Cooper.

I always sit with my back to the wall and watch exits.
Found this for those unfamiliar (like me until now): https://www.policeone.com/police-tra...nal-awareness/

Seems this should be considered of equal importance to gun safety and training.
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Condition yellow every time I leave my house......
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