This one was too close to home…
Yesterday I received a call from my close friend who’s daughter is a freshman at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. SHE IS OK and managed to escape the massacre by scaling a fence and finding refuge in a local department store.
“She is OK.”
How “OK” can she be? As we watch her post pics of her friends that were killed today….there simply are no words. That any family, child or person for that matter should have to deal with this…there are no words.
The funerals…, how the hell does a community recover…
Did Columbine, Sandy Hook recover? Life goes on, but do they ever recover.
NO. It’s impossible.
And for every one of these horrific tragedies there are DOZENS that you don’t hear about that are stopped by good parents, teachers and law enforcement.
But it’s still NOT GOOD ENOUGH.
The loss of life and the aftermath…it’s just too much to bear.
We need to continue to put measures in place to prevent this.
For that, I’m going to defer to the expert. Lt Col Dave Grossman who is crusading to put an end to this and it’s up to us – not just cops, not just teachers…BUT YOU to be a part of the solution.
I’ve been fortunate to attend a couple of Grossman’s training seminars, the following is his prevention plan.
Grossman’s Five D’s
Let’s contemplate the following outline and summary of Dave Grossman’s “Five D’s.” While you do, I encourage you to add in the comments area below your suggestions to address, and expand upon, these ideas.
1. Denial — Denial is the enemy and it has no survival value.
2. Deter — Put police officers in schools, because with just one officer assigned to a school, the probability of a mass murder in that school drops to almost zero.
3. Detect — We’re talking about plain old fashioned police work here. The ultimate achievement for law enforcement is the crime that didn’t happen, so giving teachers and administrators regular access to cops is paramount.
4. Delay — Various simple mechanisms can be used by teachers and cops to put time and distance between the killers and the kids.
a. Ensure that the school/classroom have just a single point of entry. Simply locking the back door helps create a hard target.
b. Conduct your active shooter drills within (and in partnership with) the schools in your city so teachers know how to respond, and know what it looks like when you do your response.
5. Destroy — Police officers and agencies should consider the following:
a. Carry off duty. No one would tell a firefighter who has a fire extinguisher in his trunk that he’s crazy or paranoid.
b. Equip every cop in America with a patrol rifle. One chief of police, upon getting rifles for all his officers once said, “If an active killer strikes in my town, the response time will be measured in feet per second.”
c. Put smoke grenades in the trunk of every cop car in America. Any infantryman who needs to attack across open terrain or perform a rescue under fire deploys a smoke grenade. A fire extinguisher will do a decent job in some cases, but a smoke grenade is designed to perform the function.
d. Have a “go-to-war bag” filled with lots of loaded magazines and supplies for tactical combat casualty care.
e. Use helicopters. Somewhere in your county you probably have one or more of the following: medevac, media, private, national guard, coast guard rotors.
f. Employ the crew-served, continuous-feed, weapon you already have available to you (a firehouse) by integrating the fire service into your active shooter training. It is virtually impossible for a killer to put well-placed shots on target while also being blasted with water at 300 pounds per square inch.
g. Armed citizens can help. Think United 93. Whatever your personal take on gun control, it is all but certain that a killer set on killing is more likely to attack a target where the citizens are unarmed, rather than one where they are likely to encounter an armed citizen response.
People just don’t “SNAP”. All attacks are premeditated, planned and even talked about. The perpetrators also display certain types of behaviors that should raise concern if you see them displayed by family, friends and co-workers.
Below is a list of traits and behaviors from the study Mass Shooting in the US, Common Characteristics and Predictive Behaviors. Keep in mind, most killers displayed not just one of these traits, but several. And if you’re seeing multiple traits, it should be cause for concern.
Common behaviors and characteristics of mass shooters.
- Male (97%)
- Ages 15-19 and 35-44 years old (20-29 is the next highest range)
- Majority act alone (98%)
- Known Mental Health Issues, Depression (73%)
- Bullied (71%)
- Loner (10%)
- They are immersed in violent media, video games, music, movies, news. (59%)
- Expressed committing the act is journals, poems, drawings (37%)
- Plan, prepare and fantasize about the attack. (81% of the attackers intentions were known by others)
- Public Setting. (100%)
- Target places where they were or currently a student or employee (99%)
- Had access to weapons (100%)
- Incidents ended when law enforcement, security, or citizens intervened (100%)
Family members are always the first to witness this behavior. Truth be told, if you’re an attentive, aware parent…you’re going to notice something is wrong with your kid.
Problem is..a lot of people are lazy, self-involved, morons have children. Crappy parents raise crappy people. No secret there. It’s rare that good people have bad kids – it happens, but as the old saying goes “Sheep don’t make goat.”
But you don’t even have to be a parent to do something…
You live in a community with schools, malls, offices and other public places.
What measures are in place to help prevent and respond?
For starters, go to a board of ed or a council meeting. Sure, they’re boring and long but you need to suffer through a few to see what’s being done and if they’re not doing anything ASK (or bitch and moan).
After Sandy Hook we (me and a few others) had SAFE HAVEN come to the school and conduct a survey (it cost about 4K). Then over the course of a few years procedures were put in place and the school was fitted with ballistic protection and a security vestibule among other things. The police are also parked right in front during school hours, the chances of someone targeting the place now is next to nothing.
We also have active shooter drills on the regular and our cops are armed accordingly. I think most communities are up to speed on this by now.
Like all self defense – it’s just takes a little preparation for the WHAT IF, that’s it.
The chances of you getting shot with a glock on your way to work is still much higher, but all the training and preparation, increases awareness and confidence that decreases the chance of it happening to you.
I’m sick over this…I just needed to do something, and say something.
Hug your kids,