The federal government has issued guidelines for houses of
worship when there is an active shooter inside.
Chuck Chadwick of the National Organization of Church Security and Safety
Management has read the report, which recommends in part the
"Run, Hide, Fight" concept.
"I didn't see anywhere in it where it says Shoot the
guy," Chadwick tells OneNewsNow.
Instead, according to the security expert, the feds recommend
training, write a plan, and then incapacitate the shooter using
items such as fire extinguishers or by throwing chairs.
But shooting back at the shooter is the truly effective way of
stopping the shooting, he says, unless the shooter turns his weapon
"Instead of run, hide, fight, to me it's draw, aim, fire," says
Chadwick, whose Texas-based organization operates a training
program called Gatekeepers.
His advice to churches is to train church members as armed
security through Gatekeepers, which trains volunteers or paid staff
to follow state requirements to allow an armed bodyguard on church
He says training is the key - and not just people with
concealed-carry permits and their weapons.
"It'd be great to have law enforcement there," Chadwick
says, "but most of our churches either can't afford to have a law
enforcement person or they don't have a law enforcement person in
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