On the heels of a shooting at a Catholic Church in Utah (HERE), I spotted at RNS, that the White House has issued some advice for how to deal with shootings at churches: Guide for Developing High- Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship.
The White House site is HERE.
From the report about this pamphlet:
According to the new rules, gathered in a 38-page document called “Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Houses of Worship,” fighting back is advised for “adults in immediate danger,” who should:
“Consider trying to disrupt or incapacitate the shooter by using aggressive force and items in their environment, such as fire extinguishers or chairs. In a study of 41 active shooter events that ended before law enforcement arrived, the potential victims stopped the attacker themselves in 16 instances. In 13 of those cases, they physically subdued the attacker.”
The question of how best to subdue a gunman is likely to rekindle a debate within many churches, particularly in parts of the country where it is common to carry weapons: Should congregants bring guns to church?
“Each house of worship should determine, as part of its planning process, policies on the control and presence of weapons, as permitted by law,” the guidelines say.
It also says that individuals must make their own decisions about how best to respond when confronted by an active shooter.
Though the booklet was unveiled at an event on gun violence, it focuses on emergency preparedness in general, whether for a shooter, an arsonist or a hurricane. A special section focuses on “active shooter situations.”
Yes. Suggesting that you, at 20 paces, use a folding chair to subdue a guy with an AR-15 might arouse debate.
Let’s have a couple quick polls.
I will leave the combox open but THINK before posting.
And then this… which is nearly impossible to fathom and hard to take seriously:
Look, 99% of us don’t know how we would react in such a situation.
Again, THINK before posting.