The Fox Den owner brought staff to Rhinox Research Group for a class on how to counteract gun violence.
(Original Article Here) Author: Ian Hardwitt — November 1, 2023
LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Chefs, bartenders and general managers collected chairs, bookshelves and tables to barricade themselves inside Aaron McGahee’s classroom.
It was a drill to practice what to do in an active shooter situation put on by Rhinox Research Group, a security firm in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood.
“We have fire drills, we have multiple different emergency operations procedures,” he said. “Active shooter needs to be in that pot.”
It comes weeks after a security guard at The Fox Den killed 30-year-old Christopher Mayes. Owner Jared Matthews said it was in defense of the bar and its patrons. He also told WHAS11 that Mayes was having a domestic dispute with his wife before being kicked out of the bar. Matthews said Mayes came back with a gun and began to threaten people.
“There’s only one response to that,” Matthews said. “It’s a response that nobody wants to take, but had to be done. I don’t think anything could have changed that. And it’s sad to say, but I don’t think it could’ve changed.”
The instructor relies on his military police training and a certification from the United States Concealed Carry Association to teach the training class. In it, he shared how to deliver medical care before first responders arrive, make exit plans and fight back with improvised weapons.
The Fox Den owner considered non-lethal stun guns for his security staff as McGahee demonstrated one for him. Matthews was concerned with its ability to stop a threat since thick clothing can make it difficult to use the weapon. Although unfortunate, he considers what happened at his bar an example of the 2nd amendment providing protection. Still, it troubled him.
“Cause we’re in business to serve people, we’re in the business to provide them some great entertainment, for everybody to come out and have a good time,” he said.
With better times hopefully ahead, he has peace of mind knowing they’re prepared for much worse.