Active shooters: The killing will not stop until we stop it
You can’t predict where or when you may encounter an active shooter — whether it’s on or off duty — so be prepared always
Fact: Evil exists everywhere and good people must be prepared to confront it. Fact: The good people of Norway were ill prepared to confront the evil that walked amongst them in the guise of Anders Behring Breivik. Breivik brings to mind a quote from Shakespeare, “Hell is empty and all the devils are here.”
One might ask how is it possible that such a violent attack as perpetrated by this man could be carried out in Norway, which is a “peaceful, gun-free society?”
The answer to this question must be countered with another question. How in today’s world can there still be government entities that do not arm and still others that disarm law enforcement officers?
It Can’t Happen Here
Breivik benefited by this national weakness and chose Utoya Island, a target ripe with potential victims as well as a natural barrier to delay an effective police response. A diversionary explosion not only added to the body count, but also must have caused an added delay in the armed response to the Island.
Arm Cops Who Are Not Armed and Stop Disarming Cops Who Are
Active Shooters and 'Tombstone Courage'
The Utoya Island incident should illustrate clearly something we should already have learned in this country. The longer the response is delayed, the more innocents will die (more than 70 in Norway and still counting as of this writing).
What potential victims need when they are scurrying about, fleeing, hiding, pleading, praying and facing death is an effective efficient act of courage? This seems a good time to address the fact that one of the ten deadly errors police officers make is something called, “Tombstone Courage.” A career in law enforcement affords all police officers many opportunities to be accused of committing this error. Police officers need to train on their own time with their own dime to insure that when it comes to tombstones brought about by your courage, it will be the bad guy’s tombstone every time!
Fact: The in-progress active shooter will not stop the killing until a good and peace loving person in possession of a gun (as well as the will and skill to use it) stops the killer! Fact: You can’t predict where or when you may encounter an active shooter — whether it’s on or off duty — so be prepared always.
Wisdom for The Ages From Jeff Cooper
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