COPPERAS COVE, TX — After two mass shootings claimed the lives of over 20 people over the weekend, communities are turning to experts to see how they can protect themselves in case of an active shooter.
Legality regarding firearms and situational awareness may be the turning point for the public's safety in active shooter scenario, explained local law enforcement and protection expert, Coryell County Consolable Guy Beveridge.
"If we see something, say something and do something, we may have much better results" Consolable Beveridge explained.
With a laundry list of military, and civilian accolades, Beveridge is also the acting Director of Business Development for Strategos International, an organization tailored to equip people with the knowledge needed to protect themselves and their property.
When asked what he would do if he found himself in an active shooter situation, Beveridge explained, "We propose a three-out model which is get out, lock out, take out; or take out, lock out, get out, wherever you are in relationship to the threat or the indirect threat. That’s the out-model that you pick and you immediately get into that."
With a national discussion underway on differentiating between legal and illegal firearms, Central Texas News Now asked Beveridge how someone would be able to determine the difference between the types.
"Typically we think guns that shoot bullets rapidly with one trigger pull, automatic weapons, and guns that have suppressors could be illegal guns, and guns that are modified from the manufacturers intent. Assault rifles by their very nature are not illegal, It’s what people do with them that makes them illegal," explained Beveridge.
Interested in arming the Central Texas community with the knowledge necessary to protect themselves if found in an active shoot scenario, Beveridge explained, "The body can’t go where the brain has never been. So if I have never trained myself, I’ll stay in denial and normalcy bias for a long time. These are active killer events so we should be actively engaged in doing the right thing."
Beveridge explained this knowledge is also important for children. "If they can get out, that's your best option: get out, get away and call somebody, tell somebody," Beveridge said, "The problem we’re seeing is that people see something and they don’t say something."