Sunday, April 7, 2013

Changing attitudes

Law enforcement is changing its tune as to how people should respond if they find themselves in some sort of mass shooting event. Even the New York Times has picked up on the trend:
Research on mass shootings over the last decade has bolstered the idea that people at the scene of an attack have a better chance of survival if they take an active stance rather than waiting to be rescued by the police, who in many cases cannot get there fast enough to prevent the loss of life.
There have been government produced videos advising the use of improvised weapons, using things like trash cans or scissors, to fight back if confronted by a mass shooter. I still think I'd rather have a concealed carry firearm that I've practiced with rather than some scissors I haven't picked up before, if I'm ever confronted with someone intent on gunning me down.

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