It’s Time To Resume A Very Important Conversion about Active Shooters

Active Shooter Training Pioneers

The first modern active shooter incident occurred in Austin, TX on August 1, 1966. Charles Whitman climbed the University of Texas Clock tower and opened fire, killing 15 and wounding 32.



The first active shooter event for most of us was the Columbine Shooting on April 20, 1999. This brought school shootings into our living rooms. 2 teens went on a shooting spree, killing 13 people and wounding more than 20 others.

Between 1982 and 2011, a mass active shooter incident occurred roughly once every 200 days. Now Active Shooter events are growing at a scary rate.


So far in 2022, there have been 213 mass shootings in the U.S.

COBRA Defense International has been using scenario-based training since 2002, long before the term “Active Shooter” became a household word.



Basically, through interactive training, we explore what a gunman needs to be ‘successful’ and how to systematically take those needs away one by one as an active shooter event continues. This begins with the knowledge that your top priority is to always strive to safely get out of the building, no matter what stage the event is in.


The COBRA Active Shooter Response Plan provides a comprehensive strategy for civilians, schools, corporations, groups and organizations worldwide on how to deal with an armed assailant.


This program was created by a seasoned law enforcement officer with active shooter training through multiple law enforcement agencies, not some uninformed, undertrained extreme amateur with no actual experience in law enforcement or working with real criminals.

The COBRA Active Shooter Response Plan has been featured in the news all over the country. We were even the focus of a Time Magazine article called ‘I Wish We Could Stop Teaching This’.

We can tell you from experience that these killers will always exist. You cannot stop them. You cannot create laws to successfully keep them suppressed. They will find a gun, they will find soft targets, and they will do everything in their power to kill as many people as possible. We train to minimize the damage.