Critiquing “Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event”

By Woody published on in Camping & Survival, General, News, Safety and Training

Run. Hide. Fight. Surviving an Active Shooter Event is a video produced by the City of Houston Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. The video is a project of Houston UASI Community Preparedness Committee, and was funded by a Department of Homeland Security Grant.

The video purports to describe the best strategies for countering a workplace shooting event, in which a black-clad, shaved-head white assailant with a short pump-action shotgun begins shooting people in an office lobby.

The first person shot is an overweight unarmed security guard who notices what is going on but is unable to stop the shooter early in the fight.

We think there are a lot of problems with the video. Our big takeaway: Run. Hide. Fight. could be an NRA commercial for why businesses should allow workplace carry, rather than fighting carry-at-work legislation. But we’d like to hear what you think. When you comment, please cite the running time code(s) for your critiques so other viewers can get to the scenes and see the situations where you agree or disagree with the video’s advice.

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Comments (23)

  • Matt


    I have taken the FBI Active shooter program, and we certainly didn’t do what they portrayed in this video. I found numerous problems, but I’ll only address about five. First of all at :59 into the video the door clearly shows a sign stating no concealed carrying allowed in this building, which makes this an area more likely for a shooting to occur. If we look at the most recent shootings in the United States, the Aurora theater, Washington, DC, New York City and the high school; all four were no carry places. At 1:08 it states “…and unfortunately you need to be prepared.” At 1:16 the shooter starts shooting in the lobby and clearly has his back to numerous employees. Any one of these employees could have ended this situation with a CCW. At 3:38 the video states that “as a last resort you need to fight with aggression” and then states using any “improvised weapons.” How about a weapon? That would have been nice instead of a fire extinguisher and a chair! At 4:09 and 4:10 It says “commit to taking down the shooter down no matter what.” Once again, if you allowed concealed carry and had a high training standard in Houston, many lives may have been saved. The last commit I have was at 4:52 when it says the first responders (Police) are “well trained and there to stop the shooter.” First of all, the people waited almost five minutes for the police and many lives were lost during the wait, as we know from NYC it isn’t always a sure thing that mistakes aren’t going to happen by the police officer. In NYC eight people were shot by the officers. I recently took a course where an instructor stated that there should be different levels of concealed carry permits. The highest level having citizens that are as well trained as officers. I have to say, he made a great point.


  • Jeff


    That’s why I carry concealed, even at work. What they don’t know (and haven’t explicity outlawed in their policy) won’t hurt them and may even help them someday.


  • Paul


    Why was my post removed without any explanation? WTH?


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