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Class prepares area residents to respond if someone opens fire

(Photo by Kathleen Serie)
(Photo by Kathleen Serie)(KWTX)
Published: Aug. 29, 2016 at 10:14 PM CDT
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Active shootings can be unpredictable and deadly, but one Texas group is teaching people how to defend themselves and their families in these types of situations.

Monday night, the Texas Law Shield presented an active shooting seminar at the KEM Armors gun shop in Belton.

The legal services company travels around Texas throughout the year to educate people about firearms and self-defense.

"And what the laws are governing self-defense, and defense of third parties, that allow you to defend yourself or someone else against an active shooter," Texas Law Shield Attorney and speaker Edwin Walker said.

Edwin Walker, a Texas Law Shield Attorney speaks to the class about the legality of self-defense, while Mike Anderson, a retired federal agent, teaches the class about what to do in the case of an active shooter.

"There's basically three elements: run, hide, or fight,” Anderson said.

Anderson said the key is to have a plan, and stay calm.

"You walk into a building, I don't care if you've been in it the first time, or if it's the 100th time you've been in it, know where your exits are,” he said.

While discussing specific active shooting scenarios, Anderson told people to avoid hiding in bathrooms, since there’s only one way in and out.

He also cautioned the class to stay as quiet as possible while hiding, use your phone to call 911, and wait for police to arrive before leaving your spot.

It’s something that Brian and Renee Arnett say they take seriously, especially to protect their two sons.

They are both members of the Texas Law Shield, and drove from Salado to attend the class.

“We were talking in the car, about if we were here, what would we do, how would we go, if we had the kids, if we got separated, things that we would do to meet back and to make sure that we were safe,” Renee said.

Both Brian and Renee are licensed to carry.

"It's better to be tried by 12 than carried by six,” Brian said.

The couple says the Texas Law Shield classes make them feel even more prepared to protect their family.