30 March 2008
But Grady has been praised for preparing the campus police department. He boosted the number of training programs for officers and required they all be certified in first aid.
He had plans for various crisis scenarios, including an on-campus shooting. Grady had ordered his officers to go after a gunman immediately.
This police chief is superbly qualified and made sure his officers were too. Plans were in place and followed. The only people who could find fault with his performance would be anti-gun, anti-police moonbats who would say he went too far. As a matter of fact, he moved from his previous two positions for just that reason... resistance to what he believed were necessary minimums for getting the job done.
He has doubts and guilty feelings over losing five people that day, as any good man would question himself after such a tragedy. The fact is, he did everything he could to minimize the risk to his folks, then ran toward the sound of the guns when the murderer began killing innocents. He is a hero in every sense of the word.
Contrast this to what would have likely happened if students were allowed to carry their personal weapons for protection. Knowing the campus policy, instead of considering NIU a "target-rich environment", the killer may have been deterred from even beginning his attack. If he intended to die, as it appears, then even one student returning fire would likely have limited the killing. Even if you intend on dying, getting shot at tends to distract you from killing others. If that student were well-prepared, and/or joined by other students prepared to defend themselves, the killer might have been stopped before fatally shooting anybody.
It's past time to allow students to exercise their right of self-defense. If it can happen in a setting with Police Chief Grady there, it can happen anywhere there is a "gun-free" zone. When seconds count, help is only minutes away... unless you can help yourself.
19 March 2008
I hope to see Patterico's analysis soon. Must suck to have a day job.
(just kidding Patrick! sort of... heh)
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