Rotary 8 8MADISONVILLE, Ky. (8/8/19) — In a timely presentation following two mass causality shootings, Tim Davis, professor and program coordinator for the Criminal Justice Program at Madisonville Community College, spoke to the Madisonville Rotary Club recenlty about preparing for active shooter situations.

Davis, a 23-year veteran of the Madisonville Police Department, stressed the fact that facing an active shooter situation was more likely than one would perhaps think. He checked with Wikipedia and the list of mass casualty shootings in the U.S. listed thus far this year, which was 24-pages long, he noted.

Since Jan. 1, there have been 248 mass shootings resulting in the deaths of 246 people and 979 wounded, Davis said. Two occurred in schools and one occurred in a place of worship.

Wikipedia defines a mass shooting as an incident involving multiple victims of firearm-related violence, and does not include terrorist attacks, authorized law enforcement or authorized military actions, Davis said.

Davis believes much of the blame for the attacks is the U.S. culture are related to sound decision-making. He explained understanding the cause of attacks is important and what triggers that set individuals off.

He also noted preparation and training can prevent attacks. And, the use of behavioral intervention teams may be helpful. Davis suggested businesses, churches, schools and other organizations should assess their vulnerabilities and train people on what action to take.

Resources are available through community colleges, local sheriff’s agencies and city law enforcement.

Hopkins County Sheriff Matt Sanderson confirmed that his department and Madisonville Police Department do assist businesses, churches and other organizations with active shooter training and prevention.

Davis also mentioned A.L.I.C.E. training, which is an acronym for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. This training is available from multiple commercial and law enforcement sources.

For individuals, Davis recommends they should always be aware of surroundings and wary of individuals acting suspiciously or extremely angry.
“When you see such threatening behavior, you should call it in,” Davis said, adding law enforcement would much rather respond to multiple false calls than one call for a mass shooting.

If people are able to evacuate an active shooting event, that is the best option, Davis continued. Failing that, cover and concealment (hiding behind an object as cover) is ideal.

Davis said fighting back or countering an active shooter is a better option than just standing still and getting shot. He suggests people be a moving target, and by throwing objects at the shooter could offset or distract and save lives. In addition, creating noise like a whistle or horn can distract a shooter and reduce accuracy.

Davis told SurfKY News in a later interview, “The numbers are astronomical for lives spared, because someone (with a firearm) stopped the assailant/aggressor. We don’t hear about those in the news. I am concerned that anyone who carries a firearm, should receive some type of training in the proper use of a firearm. I believe research would definitely back this concern.”

When asked about the cause of the seemingly increasing mass shooting incidents, Davis replied, “I don’t know that I have the answer. I respected police when I was a kid. Today, police officers do not get the respect they deserve.”

Davis said, too often, police officers’ “hands are tied” until it is too late and the bullets are flying.

Davis also thinks some people commit the mass shootings for the “celebrity for bad acts.” He believes the media frenzy and social media coverage of the person’s acts gives them celebrity status and they can go out in a blaze of glory.

On additional gun legislation, Davis pointed out that Chicago, with some of the strictest gun laws in the country, had 74 homicides last weekend.

Ron Sanders
SurfKY News

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