It’s a question many of us have pondered and discussed — especially in the wake of mass shootings like Umpqua Community College in the United States and, more recently, the Paris terror attacks that left 129 dead. How many lives might have been saved had an armed civilian been able to play a role in stopping the killers?
Now, in the wake of the Paris attacks and faced with threats from ISIS, the top cop in Washington, D.C. has changed her tune and is coaching civilians to take ACTION when confronted with an active shooter — including taking out the shooter, if possible.
Via The Blaze:
If there’s an opportunity to take out an active shooter, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier encourages civilians to do so.
In an upcoming segment of CBS’ “60 Minutes,” Lanier said she’s no longer preaching a passive message to people confronted with an active shooter. In the wake of the Paris terrorist attacks and threats from the Islamic State, Lanier said calling 911 for law enforcement’s help might not be enough because of response times.
“Your options are run, hide or fight,” Lanier told Anderson Cooper. “The facts of the matter is that most active shooters kill most of the victims in 10 minutes or less. The best police department in the country is going to be about a five minute to seven minute response.”
“I always say if you can get out, getting out is your first option, your best option,” she continued. “If you’re in a position to try and take the gunman down, take the gunman out, it’s the best option for saving lives before police can get there. And that’s kind of counterintuitive to what cops always tell people. We always tell people, ‘don’t take action, call 911, don’t intervene in the robbery.’ We’ve never told people, ‘take action.’ This is a different scenario.”
Lanier said it’s possible for society to be “prepared” and “resilient” without scaring people and lauded education as a way to help create an environment where people are safer and more alert.
Who else is going to take out an active shooter before help arrives? Only you — if you’re armed to do so. The top COP in DC has it right. In fact, we need to seriously look at some of the gun-free zones like malls and movie theaters. These places are prime targets for terror. It will be like shooting fish in a barrel unless we take the initiative and arm ourselves appropriately.
The government wants us to be weak and unable to defend ourselves. I wonder just how many people are already showing civil disobedience and arming themselves in gun-free zones? And this all kinda makes you wonder: if a good citizen actually takes out an active shooter, will they themselves face prosecution because it was in a “gun-free zone”?