The nation’s capital is a constant source of controversy surrounding the gun rights of its residents. We’ve reported on the difficulties district residents have faced just to have the right to own and carry a firearm.
This week, we reported that District Police Chief Cathy Lanier said, in a recent piece on 60 Minutes, that people facing an active shooter should hide, run, or take the shooter out if they have the opportunity. The logic is that most mass shootings are over before police can arrive and enter a building, often leaving them to find only victims and the gunman, so only calling 911 isn’t enough.
District Mayor Muriel Bowser, a well-known opponent of gun rights, sad she doesn’t favor changing the district’s strict laws to allow people to defend themselves as Lanier suggested. As an explanation, Bowser offered, “I don’t like guns,” at a press event according to this story from the Washington Examiner. “I don’t think more guns should be the answer,” she added.
The story says that earlier in the press conference, Bowser said Lanier was only talking about “a one in 100 million” situation involving an “active shooter” and that Bowser offered no explanation as to how that is different from the sometimes random shootings in her city, the story says.
In the 60 Minutes interview, Lanier said: “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. 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.”