There may not be enough time for someone else to respond

Greg Ellifritz writes about the recent Sparks, Nevada school shooting.

4) Time.  The entire attack, from the time the first child was shot until the shooter killed himself, lasted less than three minutes.  Think about that for a second.  You don’t have much time to act.  Don’t expect the police to be able to arrive in time to save you.  You won’t be able to get to your vehicle glove compartment to get the gun you don’t carry “because it’s too heavy.”  You are on your own and will be forced to use whatever gear you have on your person to stop this kind of attack.

Just let the reality of that sink in.

And for those who think there are other strategies you can take:

3) Talking is a poor strategy. The heroic teacher in this case attempted to talk the student down after the student shot his first victim. His heroic attempt was rewarded with a bullet in the chest. Historically, begging, pleading, and talking to the killer has not resulted in positive outcomes. In general, talking should only be considered as a last resort when no other options are available.

So as you go through life, as you make decisions for yourself — and for others — should you make them based upon contending with your dreamy ideal of how the world should be or how you think it is? or contending with the realities of how the world really is?


2 thoughts on “There may not be enough time for someone else to respond

  1. I’ve often wondered how people would react if the situation was different.

    How would they fill if a teacher just called 911 for a student choking or not breathing. If the teacher just tried to talk the student into breathing again.

    Or if the teacher saw a rape in progress and called 911 while trying to talk the rapist into stopping.

    Would people be as quick to say the teacher should wait?

    I don’t think so. We trust teachers with our kids lives, their safety in thousands of ways. Not even counting the staff; how many kids eat meals provided by the school every day.
    So why do we keep teachers unarmed; left with the only option of putting their bodies in the way of danger?

    • Numerous reasons.

      A lot of people just don’t believe that “an average citizen” can handle a gun. I can’t handle a gun, the thought of a gun scares me, the thought of a gun around children scares me, therefore, it shouldn’t be allowed. That the only people capable of doing this are trained with zillions of hours of sharpshooter training and practice — it’s how it works in the movies and on tv.

      Yes, the disconnects are there; look at the examples you give.

      And the disconnects remain. For whatever reason, people refuse to give up on failed logic.

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