This morning a young man was seen with what was thought to be a gun walking around on the Virginia Tech campus. Police still haven’t been able to find the person, but have locked down the school and are continuing their search for the potential attacker. People cannot but help and think back on the attack at Virginia Tech just 4 years ago where Seung-Hui Cho killed 32 people and injured 25 others. The Virginia Tech Massacre was the deadliest shooting rampage done by a single person in all of United States history.
All universities have different policies on firearms. Most schools prohibit firearms on campus while Texas allows students and teachers to carry weapons on school grounds. Some may argue that not allowing guns on school grounds make it easier for an attacker to cause more damage. Others would argue that allowing guns on campus will make it easier for attacks to happen. Whatever the case, it is important for each student to know the laws and rules of the university as well as the ideal courses to take if you are caught in this type of situation.
If you ever find yourself in a dangerous situation, by far the most important thing you can do is to stay calm and assess the situation. If the shooter is a psychopath who is just out for blood, you have two choices. If you are close to the attacker, you probably will not have a chance to get away so your best chance is to fight. Try to knock the attacker down and get them away from the gun. If you are more than 15 feet away, your best chance is to run in a zigzag pattern away from the shooter. Moving targets are much more difficult to hit. Your third choice is to comply with the attacker, this is usually with robbers who are just looking for money.
Each situation is different so again the best thing to do is to assess the situation and figure out the best course of action. Some may find it beneficial to buy a gun and take a defensive handgun course. Others are probably afraid of guns and never want to see one. Again the most important thing is that you know the laws and get yourself prepared for any situation. Even reading this article makes you better off than all the other students who will have no idea what to do if caught in this type of situation.