News Documentary on Active Shooter Response

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Fighting back against a spree killer (often incorrectly called an ‘active shooter’) is something that many in the mainstream media has unconscionably railed against. From anti-gun opinion pieces disguised as news articles to videos showing the poor performance of armed citizens in contrived situations, much of the old media has been wrongly beating the idea that you cannot fight back into the brains of viewers.

Tonight, however, there will be a different look at the situation. For the Record, an investigative journalism television program, takes on actively resisting a mass murderer.

For the Record is an hour long television news program that does in-depth investigations into various topics. I’ve seen some of its work on Islamic extremism, the Fort Hood shooting, the 2008 financial crisis, drug cartel violence and BMA land grabs. While much of the information they provide is unsettling, I have always found it to be accurate and apolitical. So, I am looking forward to watching this show tonight.

The above video is a preview clip with Rob Pincus, the owner of I.C.E. Training and developer of the Combat Focus Shooting techniques. In addition to operating a successful self-defense firearms school, Pincus is an author and frequent guest on news programs. He is extremely knowledgable on the defensive use of force including how the body alarm response plays into the encounter. Pincus is also one of the driving forces behind the new PD10 pistols from Avidity Arms.

Below is a video teaser from For the Record on the episode:

For what it is worth, I have taken a Combat Focus Shooting class taught by Deryck Poole of Echo-5 Training. Poole, an instructor affiliated with I.C.E. Training, provided top notch training and offered great insight into the shooting system. Whether you train with Pincus or one of his affiliated instructors, the courses are worth taking.

The show also highlights Endeavor Defense and Fitness in Hilliard, OH. In fact, Endeavor Fitness seems to have been the inspiration for the program, as For the Record did a short piece on them last December. Based on that video, it looks like these guys are offering some solid advice on how to respond if confronted with a nightmare scenario in a gun free environment.

I recommend taking the time to watch the show. Though I’ve not yet seen it, I am confident in the ability of both Pincus and For the Record to deliver informative and engaging content that is worth my time.

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By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

7 replies on “News Documentary on Active Shooter Response”

Really interesting! I’m just curious, you mention the term “spree Killer” versus “active shooter.” I’ve never heard that before. I always hear active shooter. I’d love to hear your explanation of why “active Shooter” is incorrect. Thanks!

Hi Cindy,

The term active shooter is not an accurate description for the kind of person we are talking about. I am an active shooter as I frequently go to the range and practice with my firearms. Same for my wife. Yet, we are not engaged in the killing of innocent people.

The term spree killer is accurate for the kinds of people we are talking about. It describes a murderer who commits his or her crimes in a burst of activity without limiting the act to a single method of attack. We’ve seen spree killers use knives and swords, for example.

We used the term “spree killer” extensively in law enforcement, while the mass media seems to have latched onto “active shooter.” That may be part of why you’ve only heard the one and not the other. Unfortunately, the media term has bled over into the law enforcement field and it has been improperly applied there as well.



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