The nation has sadly had more than its fair share of violent shootings over the last couple of years. The why or the how of this sharp increase is still a hot topic of debate for many but for others, like Cox Firearms, the times we live in now are just a reality and one that must be trained for and adapted to. Cox Firearms Training of Texas is now working with churches, law enforcement, schools, and private businesses to teach them how to respond in an active shooter situation. So what does active shooter training prepare civilians for?
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Cox Firearms Providing Active Shooter Training for Civilians
Cox Firearms Training is home to a state-of-the-art, indoor, climate-controlled shooting range that is open to the public and offers LTC (License To Carry), rifle, handgun, and advanced pistol and rifle classes as well as their School Safety Certification (SCS) course that focuses on the protection of students, interactions between license holders and first responders, tactics for denying intruders entry into a classroom or school facility, and also methods for increasing a license holders accuracy with a handgun while under duress.
Essentially, the SCS better prepares school employees who can carry at school, as well as local civilians for an active shooter event. The SCS course is limited in size to 6 students per course and is a two-day course with each day comprising 8 hours of instruction complete with a written exam, and a “shooting under duress” portion consisting of a 200-round live fire proficiency course using simulated hostage targets. The class is currently offered for $200 per student for the whole course.
One of the firearms instructors teaching the course Lt. Jeremy Cox of the Sherman TX Police Department has stated that in addition to the SCS course, Cox Firearms also provides security assessments and evaluations for businesses, churches, and schools so suggestions can be made on how to better protect such locations against outside attack.
We’ll meet with their staff and ask what their goals are,” said Lt. Cox. “We’ll also do a quick little security assessment of the building itself and offer any suggestions based on our experience and training.
Being prepared regardless of how rare a possible situation might be is paramount in our times. I hope that more firearms trainers and instructors will start offering up more classes like this in other states and locations. Would you take the SCS course from Cox Firearms? Should more people begin training for these types of situations? Let us know what you think down in the comments.
All photos credit to Cox Firearms Training