Just before the head of Interpol told the world that arming citizens is the best way to protect against terrorist attacks on “soft targets” U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder assured cops attending the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference that they’re The Man when it comes to spree killings. “In order to prevent additional casualties, it is often patrol officers — not necessarily SWAT teams — who serve as the tip of the spear in responding to these incidents,” he said. “That’s why all law enforcement officers must have the best equipment and most up-to-date training to confront these situations. We owe these officers nothing less.” Maybe so, but it’s not like cops are exactly hurting for gear. Or that the real first responders—armed Americans—are welcome in schools, stadia and other areas where spree killings tend to occur. Anyway, some interesting news from officer.com‘s report re: law enforcement “interventions” . . .
The FBI’s Behavioral Threat Assessment Center works with local law enforcement to assess individuals who susceptible to committing acts of violence. Since 2011, the Center has reported hundreds of successful disruptions — including an anticipated 150 this year.
Holder said that in such cases, during both the intervention process and when responding to active shooter incidents, local law enforcement officers have saved innocent lives.
Again, how many innocent lives would be saved if we eliminated gun free zones at a cost of, well, nothing. Or stopped infringing on open carry nationwide at the cost of, well, nothing. If terrorist or spree killer attacks escalate in either scope or scale, look for these bans to disappear. Or increase.
“As we move forward with these efforts, I want to assure you that leaders at every level of the Justice Department and the FBI are determined to continue working with the IACP to make sure your members have the tools, training, and guidance they need to respond to active shooter incidents — and other threats — whenever and wherever they arise,” he said. “We will never stop fighting for the tools and resources you need.”