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    Police report: Gun free zones equal killing fields

    When Seconds Count: Stopping Active Killers
    By Brendan Keefe
    I-Team reporter
    WCPO-TV (Cincinnati)
    November 14, 2008

    There have been so many school shootings over the last 40 years that researchers have been able to develop a profile of the typical mass murderer.

    They're called "active shooters" or "active killers" and their crimes
    play out in a matter of minutes.

    After the Columbine High School massacre in 1999, police changed their tactics.

    The two student gunmen killed 15 people and themselves before the SWAT team was in position.

    Commanders realized that it simply takes too long to assemble a tactical team in time to stop an active killer.

    The new tactics developed in response to Columbine involved creating an ad-hoc tactical team using the first four or five patrol officers on the scene.

    They would enter the shooting scene in a diamond formation with guns pointing in all directions.

    This technique was employed by police departments around the country.

    Then 32 people were killed by a lone gunman at Virginia Tech in April 2007.

    Seung Hui Cho shot 47 people, 30 fatally, in the university's Norris
    Hall in just 11 minutes.

    That means every minute he killed more than three people and shot a total of four.

    Once again, the gunman continued shooting until a four-officer team made entry and then he killed himself.

    Law enforcement reviewed its tactics.

    Based on the Virginia Tech data, experts determined the first officer [or other armed defender] on scene should make entry immediately with an aggressive attack on the shooter.

    Every minute the officer waits for back-up, another three or more people could die.

    In other words, while it was once considered suicide for a lone officer to take on an active killer, it is now considered statistical homicide for him not to do so.

    Tactical Defense Institute in Adams County, Ohio developed one of the first "single officer response" programs in the nation.

    TDI was teaching the tactic even before Virginia Tech. Now the National School Resource Officer Organization (NSRO) is using TDI instructors to teach school resource officers how to confront a gunman immediately.

    Locally, all Blue Ash police officers are trained in these new tactics
    in large part because their chief, Col. Chris Wallace, is also a TDI

    The other statistic that emerged from a study of active killers is that they almost exclusively seek out "gun free" zones for their attacks.

    In most states, concealed handguns are prohibited at schools and on college campuses even for those with permits.

    Many malls and workplaces also place signs at their entrances
    prohibiting firearms on the premises.

    Now tacticians believe the signs themselves may be an invitation to the active killers.

    The psychological profile of a mass murderer indicates he is looking to inflict the most casualties as quickly as possible.

    Also, the data show most active killers have no intention of surviving the event.

    They may select schools and shopping malls because of the large number of defenseless victims and the virtual guarantee no on the scene one is armed.

    As soon as they're confronted by any armed resistance, the shooters typically turn the gun on themselves.


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    Sweet. This needs to be on Every Congressman & Senator's desk.
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    1. The Second Amendment protects an individual right to possess a
    firearm unconnected with service in a militia, and to use that arm for
    traditionally lawful purposes, such as self-defense within the home.

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    What we've been saying for years. Create a target rich environment, and the pyschos will come.
    If total government control equals safety, why are prisons so dangerous?

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    Just one single ARMED citizen/student/professor could have saved numerous lives. The schools admin just doesn't get it. They are supposed to be smart and think, instead, just another institutionalized idiot of higher teaching. (notice I did not say LEARNING) Sheep are just sheep. The wolves will continue to feed on them until the sheepdog stops them.
    "A free people ought not only to be armed and disciplined but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government."
    --George Washington

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    Sweet. This needs to be on Every Congressman & Senator's desk.
    I'll certainly second that idea.This report has to open some eyes even among hopelessly jaded politicians and school administrators.
    Gun Free Zones are killers and yet this so obvious fact just can't seem to reach the sensibilities of people who otherwise seem extremely intelligent.
    It's maddening and its getting people killed across America on a regular basis.Perhaps the tide will start to turn, beginning with this excellent analysis.

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    At least there's one police chief who "gets it"!

    Make sure you visit the link the OP posted and view the video. The police chief speaking in the last 2 minutes or so needs to be heard by all!
    It only becomes class warfare when the working class decides to fight back.
    When they don't, it simply becomes a case of economic genocide.
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    Discussed here last week: . . . but slid off the front page.

    It is nice that the opinion of "tacticians" did not need to be "balanced" by emotional statements of "what ifs . . ." and "introducing more violence . . .."
    Send lawyers, guns, and money . . .

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    Make NO mistake, The polititions DO get it, they just don't care.

    I can't, for the life of me understand how any person capable of adding 2 and 2 and come up with 4 isn't able to see and understand this point, the simple fact is that it doesn't fit into thier agenda, and I absolutely believe they couldn't give a rats backside that people are being killed, as long as they get thier way.
    "Why is it, when your kid has an imaginary friend people think they are cute, but if they have an imaginary enemy, they are paraniod?"

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