PLANO (CBSDFW.COM) – A group called The Truth About Guns organized a simulation of last week's terrorist attack in Paris. They hoped to learn how things may have played out differently at Charlie Hebdo, or any other mass shooting.
"It's the one people are Monday morning quarterbacking at the moment," said group member Nick Leghorn. "It's interesting to see how people react under stress. It's not what you'd expect people do."
Volunteers took turns on a set designed to look like the offices of the French satirical weekly magazine. But unlike the terrorist attack that killed 12 people, volunteers played the role of armed civilian.
"He started shooting - and I started shooting," said volunteer Linda Cruz.
Time and time again, the armed civilian "dies" - shot by a round that marks him or her with paint.
In only two cases volunteers were able to take out one of two gunmen in the process.
"Still got killed but did better than I thought I would," said father of four, Parks Matthew. He was curious to see what protective instincts may kick in.
"If I'm in a movie theater and someone pulls a gun, what am I going to do? I know now I'm not gonna just fall on my kids and protect them, I need to advance on the threat," said Matthew.
Twelve volunteers participated in the exercise. Only one survived after running away. No one was able to take out both shooters.
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