Last week the New York Times published a front page article exploring the debate about gun control laws and active shooters.
Dissecting the various instances of mentally ill people with guns, people open carrying semiautomatic weapons, students with guns on college campuses, and convicted felons gaining access to guns, the New York Times article questioned the efficacy of gun control laws and background check laws. Noting that all states have their own laws and that online purchasing of guns is not regulated in the same way as in-store purchasing, the article helps further the national discussion about gun control and safety.
In one case featured in the article, an Ohio family was shot in their home by a neighbor. John Anderson, one of the victims, kept a firearm in his home for protection but did not use it, mostly likely because he didn’t have time to retrieve the weapon (the shooter barged in through the kitchen door while Mr. Anderson was putting groceries away). According the article, one third of Americans keep a firearm in their home for protection but 99 percent of crime victims do not use it.
Here at Invictus we do not want to make a political statement about gun laws, carry laws, or background check laws. We do, however, believe very strongly in prevention, preparation, and mitigation. Because gun control is state-specific, know your own state’s laws and abide by them. Make sure your family has an awareness about threatening individuals, and make sure your family has a plan for what to do if an active shooter is nearby (whether in your home, outside in public like a park, or in a public venue like a movie theatre).
Listen, we get that the possibility of an active shooter situation is scary to think about. We also get that the national dialogue about gun control is politically tempestuous. Should mentally unstable people or convicted felons have the right to purchase a firearm? Should people have the right to openly carry semiautomatic weapons at the mall? Should you have a loaded weapon on your bedside table to protect your family? Even at Invictus we have differing opinions about the answers to these questions. What we all agree on though is that knowledge, planning, and training are important steps in keeping you and your family safe.