Here’s a scenario I got to thinking about over the weekend, and was wondering if anyone else had thought about it, and what to do.
Let’s say I and my family are in a public area (restaurant, theater, mall), and an active shooter incident occurs. I understand my first priority is the safety of me and mine and, if it can be safely done, I will help others get to safety.
Let’s say that the shooter isn’t visible from where we are, but we have a general idea of his direction, so we start moving away. Let’s further say that the nearest emergency exit is not immediately visible, so some maneuvering is necessary. As we are moving along, should I have my weapon drawn and at the ready? I feel like the answer is yes. BUT, what if I encounter another individual/group, and I see they are armed. How do we quickly verify we are the “good guys” and not the shooter? I mean, it may be immediately obvious, but what if it isn’t? Is this an argument for keeping my carry weapon holstered until it’s actually needed?
Thanks in advance for the discussion.