The truncated version of the Florida School Board Shooting video claims to show how fast things happen. Not so fast there, Hoss.
Here is the entire incident, minus the gunman shooting himself.
The incident lasts six minutes. Look at the video and see if you can count the opportunities to take the fight to the gunman. Only one person, an elderly woman, was brave enough to go back in there and confront the man. She wasted her opportunity by using a soft object to strike at the man’s gun hand. Get a brick, board, bottle or baton and hit him HARD in the head! Repeatedly! She needed training and a weapon capable of creating dysfunction.
When that chance was gone the gunman approached at least two members of the board face to face with his gun down. Someone should have been carrying OC or a knife. Action defeats reaction! You have six men in the room. When the shooter is on the same side of the desk as the board it was time to attack. When the woman with the purse was in the room, the shooter turned his back to the board with his hands at his waist. Pin the gun to the waist and give him the bums’s rush. Use your knife to slash the gun arm until it doesn’t work. Fight back!
Later the shooter approached the desk with the gun down low…face to face with a board member. Again time for a blast of OC or a slash to the throat or face. Then get moving. Look for an escape route.
Granted, it is easy for me to talk from here at my desk. But the idea that we should not fight back, or that things unfold too quickly for us to react is fallacy. The board president begged while the gun was pointed at him. He had time enough to duck and crawl for the door! One armed school board member could have saved them all before the nutjob started shooting. One armed security guard did save them. But is was a gun free school zone, wasn’t it. A lot of good those signs did. Get a weapon and carry it, concealed, everywhere!