WHITE HALL, AR - A group of people in White Hall are learning what to do and how to protect themselves in an active shooter situation. That is what Last Resort Firearms calls a mass murderer at a school, mall, or church.
The training presentation explains how to keep from becoming a victim, using instances like Virginia Tech, Columbine, Aurora, CO, and Newtown, CT as examples.
Ed Monk is the co-founder of Last Resort Firearms and says an active shooter is out to kill as many people as possible. "What it boils down to is math and time. Once one of these shooters starts, someone is going to get shot every 8-10 seconds."
The goal of the training presentation is to come up with a plan and be part of the solution. Monk says, "The quicker we can end them, the more lives you save."
Those who attended the information session say they don't want to be victims. Steve Monk is a teacher and pastor and says, "I think we just fall into the trap of thinking it’s not going to happen to me. Everywhere a shooter has struck, that's been the mentality, and we've got to shake that off because it can happen to anyone."
Brenda Haynes is the Superintendent of the Sheridan School District and says, "It's just a topic that's been on everyone's minds. We know we don't have all the answers and we're always anxious for something we can do to improve the safety of our students."
While these mass shootings can rarely be prevented, they can be reduced with a more informed and educated public. Steve Monk says, “We're defenseless and a predator knows what he's going to do. Any tip we can get that can give us an edge is what I'm here for."
Whether that's to run, hide or fight back. Haynes says, "We can make a plan that's workable for us."
Ed Monk has been doing active shooter presentations for years and unfortunately, says he'll have to keep doing them. Monk believes it's just a matter of time before there is another mass shooting.
Active shooter presentations are open to the public, free of charge, and are based on popular demand.