Stand and fight or lay down and die?

This news article made me happy. It's about a Texas school district that is teaching their teachers and students to fight back if a gunman attacks their classroom.

“Getting under desks and praying for rescue from professionals is not a recipe for success,” said Robin Browne, a major in the British Army reserve and an instructor for Response Options, the company providing the training to the Burleson schools.

I definitely agree that too many people are willing to leave their safety and their life in the hands of fate, relying on simple hope that nothing bad happens rather than taking an active role in their life. This has helped formed my views on gun rights and on how I spend some of my time. God forbid, if I'm ever faced with a life-threatening situation, I hope to have the presence of mind and the training to do something instead of just hoping the situation passes.

It drives me crazy that what passes for conventional wisdom these days is that people should lay down and pray that the bad guys pass them over. Is taking action guaranteed to succeed? Of course not. But the odds are better.

I will tell you from personal experience that it's bloody hard to shoot a moving target. I imagine it's even harder to do it if there are twenty people screaming, running at me, and throwing books at my head. However, the worst shooter in the world can easily put a bullet into the back of the head of a kid who is lying face down.

I sincerely hope that these kids will never have to use this training, but I'm glad they're learning to be responsible for their own lives instead of being taught to lay down and wait to die.

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