I was dozing odd and surfing though the TV channels Sunday evening when I thought I heard someone say if faced with an active shooter incident the best option was to “take the gunman out.” I had to look out the window to see if pigs were flying outside because this was a Chief of Police saying this.
What is even more surprising is this was no Chief of Police in a rural area, but Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier! Yes, this is the same Cathy Lanier who is no friend of the second amendment and wants to ban all firearms in our country’s Capitol. She said “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.”
The Chief goes on to say that most deaths in an active shooter situation happen in under 10 minutes while the fastest police response is between 5 and 7 minutes. She fails to mention that 10 minutes starts when the gunman enters the scene. She also doesn’t mention that the response time is after the shooter is reported and switched to the dispatcher.
If we look at active shooter events in the past, most deaths occur before the police even arrive. Unfortunately, the police usually only arrive in time to see the killer shoot himself, process the crime scene and count the bodies.
The biggest omission Washington Metropolitan Police Chief Cathy Lanier makes is mentioning how to take out the shooter. Since Washington D.C. bans ordinary citizens from carrying a firearm for protection, the citizens are required to use whatever is at hand like a chair or bottle, which is no match for a firearm. The most effective method of disabling an active shooter when you are unarmed to have a mob attack; that means a lot of people in front of the attack will surely die.
So pigs aren’t flying very high on this report, but they are flying just the same. Watch the 60 Minutes interview by Anderson Cooper below.