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Editor's Note: Today's mass shooting at Virginia Tech — the deadliest in U.S. history — stands as yet another grim reminder of the importance of active shooter response training. No matter where you patrol - small town, major city, or college campus - you must be prepared to spontaneously engage someone bent on killing everyone in his path. If you don't train for this kind of situation, start. Every second that passes in an active shooter incident can mean more lives lost. Be sure you're ready to act...quickly and courageously.

— Scott Buhrmaster, Managing Editor

Blacksburg police officers run from Norris Hall on the Virginia Tech campus in Blacksburg, Va., Monday. A gunman opened fire in a Virginia Tech dorm and then, two hours later, in a classroom across campus, killing 32 people and then himself. (AP Photo/The Roanoke Times, Matt Gentry)
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At least 33 dead in Virginia Tech shooting rampage

BLACKSBURG, Va. — A gunman opened fire in a Virginia Tech dorm and then, two hours later, shot up a classroom building across campus Monday, killing 32 people in the deadliest shooting rampage in U.S. history. The gunman committed suicide, bringing the death toll to 33.

Students bitterly complained that there were no public-address announcements on campus after the first burst of gunfire. Many said the first word they received from the university was an e-mail more than two hours into the rampage — around the time the gunman struck again ... Full Story

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Thirty-three dead at Virginia Tech, many more injured...the numbers are staggering. However, the naiveté of the news analysts and commentators pale next to the simple truth that this could be any school in any town. And, in too many places, those entrusted to defend our children and students have been left unarmed.

In the hours following this shooting, comments ran the gamut from calls for additional laws to the strident whining of talking heads ... Full Story

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You begin to respond, "No thank..." but before you can finish, there is a loud crash and your table is knocked over by the front end of a truck that has crashed through ... Full Story (Secured- LE only)

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