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After Texas shooting, some prepare for the worst, others debate guns

November 07, 2017 09:24 AM

CLIFTON PARK - With two of the 5 deadliest mass shootings happening 35 days apart, many people are understandably on edge. 

“You never know where we're going to be when something could happen,” said Tevye Valencia.

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“The average in the US is about 19 mass shootings in the US every year,” said Saratoga County Sheriff Deputy Ken Cooper. “That's actually jumped up to 26.”

However, Cooper said the Las Vegas shooting massacre in October and Sunday's deadly church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas should show us one thing.

“They're like oh I never thought it would happen here,” Cooper said. “Those days have to stop. You always have to think that it's going to happen here and you need to prepare yourself accordingly.” 

Deputy Sheriff Cooper drove that message home during this active shooter training at Clifton Park-Half Moon Library Monday night. 

If you find yourself in an active shooter situation, he says there are three things you should do.

Run, hide and fight.

If you can, run or hide first. 

If you can’t do either of those things Cooper said the next best option is to fight. 

“It's always the last option but it needs to be an option that you need to be prepared for, is that fight option,” Cooper said. “And remember during that fight situation nothing is fare. He has a high powered rifle.”

Cooper’s advice is helpful for Valencia who is part of her neighborhood watch in Corinth.  

“Most people think to run the opposite way and that's really not the case,” Valencia. “We have to fight back because sometimes they can't get to us in time.”

The Sutherland Springs, Texas shooting is bringing the gun control debate into focus again. 

“This isn't a guns situation I mean we could go into it but it's a little bit soon to go into it,” President Donald Trump said Monday. “This is a mental health problem at the highest level.”

“It's not a gun issue it's a mental health issue and its crap and we are being slaughtered in the streets,” said Saratoga Springs resident Linda LeTendre. “Every single American is now a target.” 

It’s a complicated issue during troubling times.

“There's so much that's just going on these days,” Valencia said. “Doesn't matter where you live.”

Sheriff Deputy Ken Cooper will conduct an active shooter drill at the Clifton Park-Half Moon Library on Wednesday at 1:30pm.
 

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