Founder’s Forum

To Drill or Not To Drill

March 29th, 2019|

In Texas this is a very simple question… we drill! But drilling for oil and gas is obviously very different than drilling in an effort to better prepare people of all ages on how to respond to Violent Critical Incidents. One common element though does exist: the more you drill, the better the chances [...]

Debunking the ALICE Controversy: 5 Common School Security Misconceptions

November 15th, 2018|

ALICE Training criticism has resulted in some large-scale misconceptions spread throughout the internet and media. Recent articles and posts have made broad claims about school security's effectiveness and the impact it has on students. As a result, a great deal of confusion and false conclusions have occured. Ultimately, this ALICE controversy begs the question: Does [...]

What Makes a Training Program: The Importance of Practice

July 5th, 2018|

In the aftermath of the Parkland tragedy, there has been an incredible upsurge in interest for Active Shooter preparedness training across the country in all market sectors, not just in schools. This increase was not surprising. Unfortunately, we have experienced it after many tragic events post-Columbine. Each violent event creates more demand for solutions, for [...]

Why Police Officers should be the Only Armed Personnel on Campus

March 2nd, 2018|

This is not a political statement. It is a reflection of both the facts and the reality of citizens being tasked with engaging in a firearm response during a highly friendly-occupied school shooting event. Facts of the Situation Most citizen firearm training will teach that the only time a weapon should be produced in [...]

Sutherland Springs, Texas Church Shooting

November 12th, 2017|

It seems like another week and another tragedy. This time, a small community church in Texas came under attack by another coward, leaving at the time of this writing 26 killed and 20 wounded. The fact that this person is a coward cannot be disputed. What kind of person walks into a church during Sunday [...]

There Is No Such Thing As An Active Shooter Expert

November 6th, 2017|

I have now been singularly focused on preparing and responding to Active Shooter/Active Killer/Violent Critical Incidents (VCI - my preferred term) for almost 20 years. I have spent more hours researching this topic than I care to count. I have trained thousands of people on this topic. Through persistence and stubbornness, I was able to [...]

Hero Teacher Stops Shooter at Mattoon IL High School

September 21st, 2017|

At approximately 11:30 am on Wednesday, September 20, 2017, a student pulled out a weapon in the cafeteria of Mattoon High School, in Mattoon IL. As the student pointed the gun at others in the cafeteria, Angela McQueen, a PE Teacher at the school, physically engaged with the gunman. According to reports, Ms. McQueen kept [...]

US Congress Shooting and UPS Active Shooter: Lessons Learned

June 14th, 2017|

More senseless events occurred in our country today. In Virginia, US Congressmen came under attack while practicing for the annual US Congress Baseball game between Republicans and Democrats. And in San Francisco, UPS workers were shot while gathering at their workplace for a meeting. Thoughts and prayers go out to all those impacted. All Americans [...]

How ALICE Training Made the Difference in Saving More Lives

February 17th, 2017|

In January 2017, our world once again suffered senseless attacks on innocent victims. This time the victims were school children at their school, and they were attacked by a classmate. Activity that unfortunately has been ongoing now for more than 20 years. But what was different about this attack was how the staff and students [...]

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