I have two jobs. One in education and one at a gun shop.
Last week someone emailed my place of employment in education and threatened to come in shooting (to put it nicely). I never got to read the email but those who read it said it had a lot of hate speech and what-not in it directed at specific employees, naming names but also saying that he would "kill everyone."
They were able to track the sending computer to a near-by library but they still haven't found the guy and he hasn't followed through on his threat, but let me tell you, tensions are high in my building.
People are irritable and jumping at every little thing and the buzz around the office is "When it's going to happen?" and some people are really starting to go crazy with fear and nerves.
Personally, I'm not to horribly worried. People who do this kind of stuff don't usually send an email ahead of time warning of their intentions, they just come in blazing.
I know all of the exits in my building. I know there are plenty of places to find cover from. I know all lines of sight and any path he may logically take. I also know that either direction he came into my division, I'm in an ideal location to either return fire or to flee.
Also, as my other job leaves me working on the other side of a wall from an indoor gun range, I know EXACTLY what gun fire (in every caliber) sounds like in the next room.
I have, however, started to look at my temporary carry piece (while my primary is at the 'smith) in a different light.
My Colt Mustang is fabulous for up-close and personal combat. At 5-7 yards it performs well. However, any further out and accuracy goes way down. Also, it's .380.
Granted, a .380 will bring down an attacker, but if a wacko comes into my building shooting, by the time he reaches me or my division it will have been established that he's here for one purpose alone, killing, and return fire is the only option to bring him down. I may have to take a shot at 10-15 yards and while there are other people running, screaming, trying to escape and while he's walking around, I'm may need a gun with a little more accuracy and perhaps a little more oomph.
I'm getting more training with one of our instructors at my other work here in the next week. He used to train SWAT teams and I've seen him shoot. I could learn a thing or two from him (i.e. ALOT), and I think I may start carrying a different gun to work.
I really hope this guy never acts on his threats and better yet, I hope they find him and nail him to the wall, but in the mean time, it's funny (not "haha" funny either) how threats can make you reconsider a few things in your carry life.
I also think it's slightly interesting that my place of employment in education where I could loose my job if it's found that I carry has gotten a threat, but my other place of employment where every single one of us carries and practices regularly has never even had a robbery attempt, much less a threat... hmmm.. I wonder if there is anything to that?