Despite having some of the strictest gun control regulations in the nation, Second Amendment advocates could rally around the recent remarks of Washington, D.C., Police Chief Cathy Lanier. In advising locals of the “best option” in a terrorist attack, she said:
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.
Lanier acknowledged that her self-defense rhetoric runs contrary to the typical response of leftist law enforcement agencies:
We always tell people, ‘Don’t take action. Call 911. Don’t intervene in the robbery.’ We’ve never told people to take action. This is a different scenario.
Though she did not specifically mention the benefit carrying a firearm offers in such a situation, Lanier did explain why quick action by individuals is vital:
What we tell them is the facts of the matter is that most active shooters kill most of the victims in 10 minutes or less; and the best police department in the country is going to be about a five- to seven-minute response.
GOP presidential front-runner Donald Trump expressed the same emphasis on citizen action in the wake of the recent terrorist attacks in Paris.
You can say what you want, but if they had guns, if our people had guns, if they were allowed to carry — it would’ve been a much, much different situation.