This week in a small community near Houston, yet another disaffected loser opened fire on helpless victims at the high school he attended, killing ten and wounding a like number. When he was confronted by armed school resource officers, he allegedly wounded one and then surrendered rather than be shot himself.
A very few days before in Dixon, Illinois, a 19- year-old former student entered the high school there with a semiautomatic 9mm carbine and opened fire. He was immediately shot down by a School Resource Officer who was in the right place at the right time. There were NO casualties except the would-be mass-murderer himself, and even he survived the gunshot wound righteously inflicted upon him by the SRO.
What do these two incidents have in common? For one thing, as soon as The Good Guys With Guns got there, the Bad Guys With Guns stopped doing the bad things they were doing.
What is markedly different? One had a terrible death toll, and the other did not. In one case the Good Guy with the gun was closer than his counterparts in the other case, and able to get there sooner.
These two elements are directly and obviously related.
We join in the general acclaim for the heroic officers who literally “rode to the sound of the guns” and fulfilled their duty to protect the innocent from harm at the hands of evil-doers. And we are all reminded that in any time and motion study, the key element is that motion takes time.
Emerging from the carnage at the Texas school was one student who said a shot was heard in his classroom, and his teacher went out the door and saw the black-trench-coated punk with the shotgun going into an adjacent classroom. The teacher, helpless to do otherwise, ran back into his own classroom and put it in lockdown, where he and his students heard the continuing gunfire as other victims went down.
Suppose that teacher had been trained and armed, and instead of retreating helplessly to his own classroom had followed the gunman into the other classroom, fired a surgically placed shot, and stopped the carnage there? How much tragic death and agony would that have forestalled?