Your Mental Training Scenarios?

What different what would you do mental training type scenarios do you frequently go through?

One I go through often is walking into a convenience store (that was the subject of the Proving Ground I was in). And it’s a different scenario every time.

Post the scenario you go through mentally below - I’ll be using the ideas for upcoming What Would You Do posts. :wink:

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One time I was with my 2 little girls at an amusement park. One was in a stroller. A large fight broke out right behind me. My first instinct was to get my girls out of there to a safe area, which I was able to do. From that experience, when I am with my family I tend to look around to determine where I can get them behind cover should something happen.

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I was in the sound booth in our church one Sunday and a guy I didn’t recognize came in and sat at the far side of the sanctuary, maybe 60’ away with a lot of people between us. He was acting strange and I just kept watching him. I’ve run that what-if scenario in my mind many times. What if he stood up and started shooting? If everyone got down, should I try to shoot from 60’? Should I retreat without regard to my fellow church members? Should I leave the booth and try to work myself closer? If I did shoot and missed, what are the chances someone would be in the hallway on the other side of the wall?

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I look at the places I go on a regular basis and consider those… gas station, which pump? what if approached? What if an altercation?
Market or home improvement store … where to park, what if approached while loading groceries or garden supplies? What if an issue in the store?
Post office, where I cant carry inside…
Illinois where I cant carry outside the car…
Stopped at a light in traffic…
Work where I cant carry …
Restaurant. Which is about the only crowded place I go…

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Just as a function of my years of training I’m looking for threats and playing out, “What if scenarios” everywhere I go. I will also occasionally take individuals, facility groups or small groups of students out with me and we discuss them as we drive around, go through “shopping trips” in various stores, Walmarts, malls etc.

Your first weapon in self defense is mental preparedness.

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I’m glad you noticed him, @Trmptr64! Is there anyone from the security team who could go up and welcome him to the church? That may be an option to find out his intentions.

Bad people don’t like being noticed - they want easy targets.

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Interesting scenario. I work with a lot of churches teaching them how to plan ahead to avoid ever having an active shooter event and how to deal with them in the case they do.

The most obvious and simplest thing to do is limit access. Secure the doors so that only the main entrance of the worship hall is accessible during services. It’s fine to have locks that allow for easy/instant access from the inside in case of emergency but that don’t allow for easy access from outside.

Position at least two ushers at the entrance and have them greet people as they enter. It usually doesn’t take long to figure out if someone is mentally unbalanced or has ill intent when you make eye contact, greet them with a smile and reach out to shake their hand.

If you’re going to have a problem, the vestibule is the place you want it happening.

Having at least two additional people you can rely on close to the entrance aside from the ushers is also a very good idea.

Four to one is very good odds if the four are of the right mindset to prevent bad things from happening.

If someone seems questionable but obviously not a problem, someone should escort them to their seat and join them. You don’t have to be overly obvious about it but vigilant.

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We have people that welcome people as they come in the doors and a couple people from our security team are always in the front lobby. I’m assuming he was greeted when he came in, but when I saw him, I wasn’t in a position to be able to talk to him. I totally agree, though, that striking up a conversation with someone is important, first to just make them feel welcome, but it can also give some insight as to why they came to visit. Anxiousness or irritability on their part may indicate a potential problem.

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We’ve implemented a lot of that, but that is definitely good information. I like the idea of having people available to sit with new people coming in by themselves. That gives an excellent opportunity to have someone make them feel welcome and introduce them to other people, but also gives an opportunity to discern a potential concern.

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