This is an astounding story! I don’t mean the content because that is just common sense: of course an armed person who is at the scene will be more effective than police who are not present. But I’m amazed that the police chief of DC endorsed this position.
The Concealed Nation blog reports, “DC Police Chief Changes Tone; Citizens Should Be Prepared For Active Shooters And Terrorist Attacks.”
While I’m still picking my jaw up from the floor, DC Police Chief Cathy Lanier has changed her tone on what to do if you ever find yourself in an active shooter or terrorist attack situation. It’s the exact opposite of what police have been telling the public for decades.
In an upcoming interview with 60 minutes that will air Sunday night, Lanier sits down with Anderson Cooper to discuss these topics and how things are changing in policy and in our world as a whole.
“Your options are run, hide, or fight,” says Lanier. “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,” she tells Cooper.
She goes on to say, “The fact of the matter is, most active shooters kill most of their victims in 10 minutes or less, and the best police department in the country is going to be about a 5-7 minute response. I always say if you can get out, getting out is 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.”
Looking at the recent attacks in Paris, these incidents require a different approach than the typical hide and call 911. Lanier explains, “That’s kind of counterintuitive to what cops always tell people, right? We always tell people, ‘Don’t…don’t take action. Call 911. Don’t intervene in the robbery’…we’ve never told people, ‘Take action.’ It’s a different…scenario.”
The bottom line is that the people must protect themselves or else they won’t be protected. I wish more officials would acknowledge this fact. But we can say of the police chief better late than never.
But this statement will have consequences. Unless Lanier is repudiated by others in power, the principle she articulated diametrically opposes attempts to disarm the American people.
Lanier actually says she wants people to “prepare” for an “active shooter” situation. How can she say that and still favor the denial of concealed carry permits to DC residents? If the policy doesn’t get quickly changed, Lanier’s own words would be compelling evidence that the government is guilty of endangering the people.