Here at Invictus Consulting we are mourning the loss of life and the loss of a sense of safety in the LGBT community and in the U.S. as a whole.
We are not here to Monday morning quarterback on the shooting in Orlando; we will not pass judgement or criticize players after the event, and that includes the actions of the FBI, first responders, club owners, club goers, or anyone else. We believe that it is best to allow the authorities to conduct a proper investigation and make valid and researched conclusions based on data before we go making proclamations or verdicts on the players, their motives, or actions.
We want to stress that, no matter what the venue, the tactic of Avoid, Deny, Defend is still your most valuable playbook for action when faced with a shooter. Whether it is a school, newspaper office, sporting venue, office building, or public space, your best bet is to first AVOID the shooter, then DENY the shooter access to your location, and finally DEFEND yourself with anything available if the shooter gains access to your location. Whether the shooter is a terrorist, a lone wolf looking to extract revenge on someone, or a true psychopath looking to wreak large-scale havoc, you should attempt to first AVOID, then DENY, and finally DEFEND yourself if necessary.
AVOID – Avoid the shooter at all costs. Escape from the vicinity of the shooter. If you can leave the confines of the building, do it.
DENY – If you cannot exit the building, the next step is to deny the shooter access to you and those around you. Find a place to hide. Lock the door. Barricade the door with office furniture or anything big. Use rope, a tie, or a belt to secure outward opening doors. Turn off the lights. Remain quiet, silence your phone, and remain out of sight.
DEFEND – If you have hidden and attempted to deny the shooter access to your location but he still finds a way in, the next step is defend yourself. Remember that an active shooter is trying to kill you, and you have the right to defend yourself by any means necessary. At this point your life depends on how well you defend yourself – do not fight fair. Position yourself where you can surprise the gunman. Use any objects at hand (scissors, hot coffee, fire extinguisher, etc.) to attack the gunman and incapacitate him.
Our deepest condolences are with the families of the victims of the shooting, the survivors, and the LGBT community.