Ever since the mass murders in Paris, law enforcement officials have been changing their tune about how to confront mass shooters.
We’ve all seen the videos and read their advice on how to deal with shooters. Basically, there are three options. You run, hide, or if you’ve exhausted those options, attack with a pair of scissors. In the context of an active shooter at a school, after running and hiding, people should start throwing books and canned goods at them. You get the idea. Anything but an evil gun.
Surprisingly, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier said that calling 911 isn’t always the best idea, considering that response times may be too lengthy. She suggested the usual running and hiding, but said that if given the chance, the shooter should be taken out in order to save others’ lives. The Blaze reported:
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.
So, it’s not clear as to what she means by “prepared.” Is she acknowledging that it’s better for people to be armed and ready?
That would be a little surprising considering that she’s the police chief of notoriously anti-gun D.C. If you recall, it was revealed earlier this year that Lanier was denying most people’s applications for gun permits, because they were failing to provide a “good enough” reason to have a gun. Saying self-defense or appealing to the 2nd Amendment isn’t good enough.
Is she changing her tune? Only time will tell, but I’m not holding my breath.