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Key Words: Best practices for an active-shooter situation

The New York Times ran a service-journalism piece over the weekend on a sobering topic: what do do if, God forbid, you find yourself in an active-shooter scenario, whether in a school, at a cinema or sporting event, or in a place of worship. The current best-practices consensus, according to the Times, can be summarized thusly:

‘[R]un, hide, fight.’

The article notes, semireassuringly, that “the odds that you personally will be a victim of a mass shooting are low,” before going on to detail expert advice on what actions to take in such a situation. Included is this caveat from a Department of Homeland Security official who oversees active-shooter preparedness efforts: “There is never going to be a universal rule for this.

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