As a professional trainer for many many years, I give many CCW classes each year. After suffering a stroke over a year ago, my physical stamina has diminished greatly, which has also brought to mind many questions. One question that troubles me is HOW NOT to become part of a serious issue if you are involved in a violent encounter. In other words, how not to be a part of the problem while trying to solve the problem. 'Scenario" You are shopping in a large mall, and a whacko with a gun starts shooting, you follow good standard procedure, and get some cover if possible and draw your weapon. You have a good field of fire with "minimal" risk of collateral damage (if this is even possible) you are just squeezing off the first round, that will surely end the crazed persons rampage and a bullet rips through your shoulder sending you to the floor in agony. This bullet was not from the crazy person that spurred your actions, but from an off duty officer that perceived you as part of the threat, rather than the solution. You end up seriously disabled due to this "FRIENDLY FIRE" INCIDENT. Your decision to take action and save lives has nearly gotten you killed. I get asked on A REGULAR basis by students/clients, What can be done to protect against Friendly fire incident???? WE have discussed the pros and cons of the CCW badges that can be worn under a coat on the belt. At first glance, this idea seemed a good possibility, in that it might add a few seconds to identify yourself, but upon further thought, the idea has many down sides as well, the least of which are over achieving prosecutors looking to make a name for themselves by bringing you up on charges for impersonating a cop. I am still at odds as to what if anything can be done to protect ones self from becoming a victim of friendly fire. The real world is harsh, and some times the good guys don't win, even though they are trying very hard. The thought of getting killed by a cop or others while trying to protect innocent lives troubles me greatly. I try hard to give my students the best materials that I can to keep them safe, but this is an area that just leaves me wondering. No free lunches and or guarantees when it comes to carrying a weapon for defense. Any ideas that you might have are certainly welcome.