The Purdue Homeland Security Institute has developed simulation technology to determine what the best course of action is when dealing with an active shooter situation.
The conclusion: Armed citizens.
For the last five years, Adam Kirby has been working on this technology and sat in horror as he watched the events unfold in Paris last week. He noted that as he was watching TV, he had a strong feeling that more people were being killed and that they couldn’t do much to save themselves.
During the attack at the concert hall, for example, it took police a full 140 minutes to act. Granted the situation was extremely difficult and had to be approached with caution, it doesn’t negate the fact that an incredible amount of time lapsed before action was ultimately taken.
“My research has shown that in a typical shooting situation, one person is shot roughly every 20 seconds,” explained Kirby. “And in 140 minutes, that leaves a lot of room for a lot of people to get shot.”
With the simulation technology, Kirby can adjust factors such as police response time, the probability of concealed carriers being in the mix, and whether or not armed security would be at the location.
by Brandon Curtis