D.C. Chief Tells People They Should 'Take A Gunman Out'

Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier.

The police chief of our nation's decidedly anti-gun capital city has urged the public to "take…out" active shooters if they find themselves in a position to do so, according to the Washington Examiner.

Chief Cathy Lanier tells Anderson Cooper on a recent episode of 60 Minutes that police departments are no longer preaching the passive approach of calling 911 if there is a gunman shooting people in scenarios like what happened recently in Paris, acknowledging the fact that, in such a situation, the few minutes it takes for police to arrive can make a drastic difference in the outcome.

"Your options are run, hide, or fight. What we tell (people) is the fact of the matter is, active shooters kill most of their victims in 10 minutes or less. And the best police in the country will have a five to ten minute response." says Lanier. "If you're in a position to try and take the gunman down, to take the gunman out, it's the best option for saving lives before police can get there."

She admits that it's not the advice people are used to getting, but that these scenarios are not like other crimes, such as an armed robbery.

"That's kind of counter-intuitive to what cops always tell people, right? We always tell people, 'Don't…don't take action. Call 911. Don't intervene in the robbery …we never told people, 'Take action.' It's a different…scenario," she said during the interview. "You can be prepared and you can have a society that is resilient and alert and conscientious and safer without scaring people. It's not about scaring people."

According to the Examiner, other law enforcement officials throughout the nation have also called on Americans to arms themselves and act, though Lanier doesn't specifically suggest people arm themselves, only that they act against a gunman, at least in the couple of quotes provided in the preview.

Cooper says, "According to the FBI, 60 percent of active shooter attacks are over before police arrive."

Cooper also reveals that the NYPD is so concerned about Paris-type attacks that they're retraining all 35,000 police officers in the city to combat terrorists in various active shooter situations, along with other police departments, including D.C.

The piece is a bit over 10 minutes long, but definitely worth a watch. You can view the entire segment here.

We have reported in the past on the difficulties gun advocates have had securing the Second Amendment rights of Washington D.C. residents. The outcome of a judge's ruling that the district's concealed-carry law is unconstitutional is still pending.