Quote:I don't know about this school, but at the University of Washington if this had happened:
- AFAIK there is no centralized announcement system that could put the place on lockdown
-even if they did try, many people would freak out and try to leave, and the place is very spread out and surrounded by city areas so it would be easy for many
-during the day there are only maybe 10-20 cops who could respond, many of them on bicycles, though they are "real" police officers and not just security
-some activist type jackass students would make a big deal out of going to see why we were being locked down and try to get to where the action is because it's probably Bush suppressing the populace, or commies or Zionists or something - not being facetious, I am positive this would happen especially after the taser incident
I feel terrible for the family of everyone involved, and I hate to be the jerk American cowboy that brings this up, but I have to think that one well-trained student legally carrying a concealed pistol could have stopped this much earlier...
[edit - while typing, that response about VA's anti gun policy came up, and I'm not surprised... I doubt they will rethink that thought]
Gotta disagree with this one:
How is one student going to get across a far-flung campus with 20,000 people to find the shooter?
Who conducts the investigation afterwards to see if it's justified? Most police forces have a difficult time doing this.
Do you REALLY want, say even 1000, students carrying guns on a 20,000 student campus? Who checks their weapons to make sure they're "stock"? Trains them? Polices (pun intended) them?
I think we've all been watching too many action movies and playing too many video games.