“I honestly don’t think the average citizen is psychologically prepared to use deadly force,” Chris Hoover, director of University Police and Safety at Emporia State University, tell hutchnews.com. “They go through their 8 hours of training (required for a conceal-and-carry license) and think they’re ready to handle the situation. But the reality is, most trained police officers aren’t even prepared to handle that sort of situation and they go through far more extensive training.” Mr. Hoover is bitching because Kansas passed legislation “allowing” guns on campus by 2017 – and he doesn’t like it. Not one bit . . .
“I’ve been with students since 1981 and I know the sort of stress they’re under and the pressures that are put on them,” Hoover said. “When you add guns to that, nothing good is going to come of it.”
Hoover said that students often make rash decisions and when those decisions involve guns it is likely to turn deadly.
“When you have a gun strapped to your hip, it’s easier for someone who’s in a heated discussion to pull it out in anger and make a bad decision,” Hoover said. “Honestly, this thought really scares me.”
To date, there has never been a shooting reported on a college campus in Kansas, however, proponents of the legislation often cite school shootings like the one at Virginia Tech in 2007 to justify the bill. Supporters say that if a law-abiding, gun-carrying citizen had been present, lives could have been saved. Hoover, however, sees it differently . . .
One of Hoover’s main concerns is that the Good Samaritan will be the one perceived as a threat when the officers arrive on scene.
“When we get to a scene we have very limited information about what is going on,” Hoover said. “All we know is that the person with the gun is the bad guy, that’s the first person we go to.”
Hoover’s biggest fear is that the average Joe who was able to stop the shooter, will then be in danger of being harmed by one of the responding officers who believes he or she is the original shooter.
I’m confused. A supposedly untrained civilian shoots a spree killer, one of Hoover’s trained cops comes in and take out the hero, and that means untrained civilians shouldn’t carry a firearm? First, when has this ever happened? Second, oh well. I mean, the good guy took out a spree killer for goodness’ sake.
It sounds to me like Hoover doesn’t trust his gun carriers. And if that’s his biggest worry why not offer pistol-packing college “kids” (you must be 21-years-old to legally carry a concealed weapon in Kansas) a meet-and-greet with his officers to get to know each other and learn how not to get shot by responding officers?
Nope. That would be an acknowledgement that college security and legal gun owners are on the same level, playing for the same team. Elitists like Hoover can’t get their heads ’round that concept. So they have to be dragged, kicking and screaming, into doing the right thing. Shame, but there it is.