Words just simply fail to capture the horror of Friday. I can not grasp what sort of depravity would lead someone to slaughter those children like that (let alone the adults, of course) and I guess that’s a good thing; one would not at all like to be anywhere along that road.
But there is one thing that I do know: you can not expect the police to defend you from such a person. As Insta likes to say: “when seconds count, the police are minutes away.”
It appears that in this case as in many of the others this scumbag specifically went to a “Gun Free Zone” because he knew he’d have no resistance. The lambs were quite literally there in their pens for the slaughter with no earthly shepherd to protect them. Those poor dear teachers and administrators did all they were trained and allowed to do in those long long minutes when they were defenseless and alone, and so many died. As it seems is the MO on these things he shot and shot until he heard the sirens approaching, then he shot himself. Again, the police arrived in great force with nothing to do but clean up.
You can not depend on the police to help you in situations like this. For better or worse there is obviously a period of time required for them to be informed about the incidence and arrive on scene, and they also are creatures of their own training and procedures which more and more stress coordination and scene-assessment before they actually do anything. I’m not questioning their bravery or dedication to the people they serve but I am questioning their priorities. One of the saddest and most infuriating videos I’ve ever seen came out after the murders at Virginia Tech. Assuming the tape and soundtrack are unedited you hear gunshots going off in the classroom as the bastard is murdering people…and the police are crouched down behind their cars outside, talking on their radios. In the horrific Petit home invasion the police wasted more than half an hour while the family was being raped and murdered setting up their vehicle perimeter. You can not count on the police, and the criminals know it.
You can only count on yourself.
If you are armed you need to be physically and mentally prepared to act.
If you are not armed you must accept the following it seems to me: if you actively resist your attacker(s) you might die.
If you do nothing you will die.