What happened? We froze, did not advance and gave up. We did not bring the fight to the battle and allowed the situation to overwhelm us, losing focus on our training and the scenario. Most people will not have a firearm in an active assailant scenario. Even without a firearm, advancing toward a goal should be the prominent thought on your mind. That goal should be a place far from harm’s way, but the key is to advance toward it. In a fire, the goal is to stay low and flee from that area. In a tornado the goal is to get to a basement or other safe place, and with an active assailant the goal is to get away from the assailant. In all three of these cases, if a clear path is too dangerous, seek a safe spot near by and redirect your course, but always advance.

I got a second try go through a different scenario right after my first attempt. This time I went in with a chip on my shoulder. As soon as we cleared the tunnel to another scene of injured disoriented people, we were immediately met by gunfire from a different location. I returned well aimed fire, passing the first barrier available and breaking off in the opposite direction of my team. I continued to pin the shooter down with fire along with the others on my team. I reached the closest place I could take cover and I reloaded. I pushed off the wall to get a better angle and proceeded to put rounds on target. The shooter fell to the ground and that scenario was called to an end. Advancing deliberately to a clear goal was the difference between a shameful defeat and the clear victory, but in the real world, advancement can make all the difference in a safe getaway.