The above kerfuffle is a drill from today’s festivities at the SIG SAUER Academy’s Active Shooter training course. The three rifle-clad cops coming towards the camera push through the crowd of pretend citizens fleeing an equally fantastic active shooter. The gunmen are “swimming upstream” to get to the shooter using the Tony Blauer SPEAR (Spontaneous Protection Enabling Accelerated Response) technique. The rifle-toting cops hold their free (i.e. weak) hand out in front of them with the hand open (critical to maintaining arm rigidity). They press their forearm against the oncoming traffic’s shoulder(s), spinning the non-cops out of their way. It’s ridiculously effective, even when the crowd heading downrange is fast and furious. Good to know.