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When asked about what people should really know about survival in modern times, Emerson said transitioning from a defensive to a more offensive mindset is absolutely essential. “If you are caught off guard or your life is threatened, a violent offensive response is the only answer these days,” he said. “Consider active shooter/terrorist scenarios, more times than not, the shooter kills himself. The shooter is willing to die and when this is the case, you have to be prepared to kill the shooter before he kills you or others around you.”