“You have to be able to protect yourself, but everybody has the gift of gab, or whatever you want to call it. It’s your tongue that’s going to save you a lot more than any weapon ever will,” said Robert Norman, Director of Interacts, LLC.
Norman runs a simulator with over 500 scenarios usually used for law enforcement training.
“Guns aren’t the end all. The reality is I’ve been a police officer for quite a few years now and I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve needed to use my firearm,” said the director.
Norman believes the most important thing for anyone with a weapon to consider is training. He said, “To get a concealed weapons permit in the state of Maine, you do have to go through a certain base level of training that’s recognized by the state. That’s good.”
The scenarios in his system helps eliminate the fight, flight, or freeze responses. This causes the participants heart to race and anxiety level to rise.
Norman says if you can talk someone out of a dangerous task, there is no need to use any kind of force, but this training also helps officers and even licensed concealed weapon holders know what to do if their lives are in danger.