District of Columbia Police Chief Cathy Lanier probably stunned viewers of the CBS “60 Minutes” broadcast Sunday when she suggested that private citizens should take down active shooters if possible; something of a feat in her city where concealed carry permits are rare as proverbial hen’s teeth.
During an interview with Anderson Cooper, Lanier raised eyebrows when she said her advice to citizens caught in a mass shooting was to escape if possible, but if not, “If you’re in a position to try to take the gunman down, to take the gunman out, it’s the best option for saving lives before police can get there.”
The remark launched debates across gun rights forums all over the Internet, and also got a quick reaction from Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms.
“We’re glad Chief Lanier departed from the usual narrative and encouraged people to fight back,” Gottlieb said in a prepared statement, “but her advice would have more credibility if she were to take a leadership role in reforming the District’s gun laws.
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