What do you have in your hand?
What’s right next to you within easy grabbing reach?
What do you have to hand if a gunman burst through your workplace door right now?
Obviously, for those of us in the firearm community, we hope, and plan, and practice, to have our guns on hand. But in many situations that’s just not possible.
In most colleges a gun is just not an option, but I remember what my college backpack looked like. What my classroom desk looked like.
Pick. Up. That. Textbook. And Throw IT! Throw your pen. Don’t throw your phone, you’re going to need it to call 911 after you and your classmates pigpile the shooter. Notebooks, calculators, ebook readers, ultra-light laptops, they should all be headed for the shooter as soon as your brain processes the gun.
Might you get shot during this attempt to stop the shooter? Sure. But we have ample proof by now that huddling in the back of the classroom and hoping you’re not his target isn’t any safer. And if he’s ducking things pitched his way he’s not going to be aiming.
Course, today’s college students are practically taught to freeze instead of act. They’re being taught to stop and think through every action and even every thought, lest they give offense. THROW something at SOMEONE? How could you?!
We’re raising a bunch of victims. The students who’ll be entering the workplace over the next several years wouldn’t dream of defending themselves, lest they cause offense and become a target themself. We’ve turned our colleges, and very shortly our workplaces and lives, into places where we are victims, where shooters who want to publicize a thought process with their own deaths know that they can find willing and ready victims to add to the media cry.