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Active Shooter Response

April 20, 1999 changed everything

The events that unfolded at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado brought the insanity, randomness, and horror of active shooter spree killing to the forefront of public attention. This watershed event began the long process of research into the development of faster response tactics and equipment appropriate to the mission of saving lives.

Today, most modern law enforcement active shooter response experts agree and teach the necessity of speed, surprise, and violence of action as core principles to be used by the first armed responder to active killing.

Speed. Surprise. Violence of Action.

Only Baker Ballistics patented shields provide a high-speed offensive capability specifically intended to protect the first responder during missions that require speed, surprise and violence of action to maximize the probability of a successful outcome.

All three models of Baker Batshield and the MRAPS™ rifle protective shield provide two-handed centerline aiming from either a long-gun or handgun!  Plus an incredible ability to maneuver and apply firepower without restriction – even when moving through tight, crowded and chaotic environments.

Conversely, common and traditional rectangular and/or windowed “bunker” type ballistic shields are designed for defensive use and will not allow two-handed weapon fire, centerline aiming, and obviously do not work with a long gun. Bunkers are best suited for functions such as slow clearing operations and observing criminal activity from behind armor protection – not active shooter response.

Force-on-force training scenarios prove fast nimble movement towards the threat and shooting accurately while on the move is critical to surprising an active shooter with dominating violence of action. First responders to active killing can bring quality lightweight Baker Ballistics cover along and overwhelm an armed opponent.

Watch Law Enforcement Personnel Using Baker Ballistics Protective Shields


Expert Opinion on Active Shooter Response

Colonel Dave Grossman is a scholar, author, soldier, and speaker who is internationally recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime. Col. Grossman offers the following personal observations:

Good Mindset: “If the bastards come to my town, our response time is measured in feet per second.

Bad Mindset: “It’ll never happen here.”

The problem isn’t money, it’s denial….”

Active Shooter Study Findings

Since 2008, the number of active shooter situations has tripled

“Officers must learn the tactical skills needed to successfully resolve [active shooter] events.”

That’s one significant conclusion from a study by Dr. J. Pete Blair, PhD, Director of Research for the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Center (ALERTT) at Texas State University, San Marcos. Dr. Blair published a review of active shooter data collected over a 13-year period titled, “Active Shooter Events from 2000 to 2012.” For the purposes of their study, the authors defined an active shooter as “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a confined and populated area, typically through the use of firearms.”

Dr. Blair and his team collected active shooter event (ASE) data from investigating agency reports, FBI-produced supplemental homicide reports, and news stories. We encourage you to read the entire study for more information.

Active Shooter Events by Year


Blair JP, Nichols T, Burns D, Curnutt JR. Active Shooter Events and Response. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press; 2013.