Well this is interesting. D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier told “60 Minutes” on Sunday that citizens should attempt to stop an active-shooter before cops arrive:
In a strict gun control city, police chief's anti-terrorism advice is a huge gift for the NRA https://t.co/Chx71zRhXS
— Ron Fournier (@ron_fournier) November 24, 2015
From the Washington Post:
D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier is urging that civilians confronted by an active shooter in some cases try to stop the gunman before law enforcement authorities arrive, saying quick action could save lives.
The chief, appearing on the Sunday “60 Minutes” CBS news show, noted that in many multiple shootings, most victims are killed within the first 10 minutes — at the Navy Yard shootings in 2013, 10 of the 12 victims were dead in fewer than six minutes. Lanier told correspondent Anderson Cooper that police simply can’t get to the scene in time to stop the initial and deadliest onslaught.
“Your options are run, hide or fight,” Lanier said on the nationally broadcast show. “I always say if you can get out, getting out’s your first option, your best option. If you’re in a position to try and take the gunman down, to take the gunman out, it’s the best option for saving lives before police can get there.”
While Lanier’s blunt words may strike some as revelatory, the advice was offered in 2013 in a video titled “Run, Hide, Fight,” from the Houston mayor’s Office of Public Safety and funded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. It is posted on the FBI’s Internet site that also contains a detailed analysis of active shootings and how police confronted the gunmen.
Here’s the video Lanier is talking about where the FBI tells citizens to attack an active-shooter with improvised weapons like a chair or fire extinguisher:
But, hey … you know what would work better than a chair?
— Former FSO (@waamutoo) November 24, 2015
— Tom (@BoreGuru) November 24, 2015
Ding. Ding. Ding. And that’s why Ron Fournier called this a “huge gift to the NRA.” If police chiefs are really adopting the idea that citizens should be first responders, then citizens armed with guns are certainly better than citizens armed with office supplies.