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In states that truly care about the safety of your children, they are allowing school districts to approve teachers and school staff to be trained licensed and carry a concealed weapon while at school in the event of an active shooter scenario.

When Ohio approved such a program several years ago, the official training centers were flooded with application of teachers and faculty who cared about protecting your kids. Not only are they taught the dos and don’t of concealed carry but they are taught how best to react in the event of an active shooter.

The Department of Homeland Security has just released a video game to help train teachers, faculty and first responders on what to do in a real situation.

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(The Firearm Blog) – The Department of Homeland Security has begun rolling out their virtual school shooter training program to staff working at schools across the US.

The program uses established gaming software to allow various agencies and school staff to play out active shooter scenarios. The program, EDGE or Enhanced Dynamic Geo-Social Environment, was co-developed by the US Army and Department of Homeland Security (DHS). Work began on the project back in 2013, and has reportedly cost $5.6 million to complete.

Described by the Department of Homeland Security as a “a multiplayer, scalable, online training environment for first responders… for a coordinated response to critical incidents.” EDGE uses the Unreal game engine developed by Epic Games. Countless games have used versions of the Unreal engine including BioShock, Mass Effect and a number of Tom Clancy dames including Splinter Cell and Rainbow Six.

Tamara Griffith, one of the lead engineers on the project at U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command (RDECOM), told the Associated Press: “we can prevent a lot of these deaths, we can prepare people better, we can make this a safer environment if we can get it into the hands of the right people.” …

As a lifetime shooter, I can say that there is never too much training for anyone. The more training, especially in changeable lifelike scenarios, the better prepared someone is, meaning the better chance of their survival and a better chance of saving the young lives that are entrusted to them. I encourage every school district and first responders (law enforcement) to work in cooperation to obtain and use this valuable training tool.

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