For the last decade or two, we have been told that when some maniac begins spraying bullets in a school, theater or church, you need to "duck and cover". It was stupid in 1950 defending against The A Bomb, and it's moronic now defending from flying lead.
The idea is as simple as it is preposterous. When an evil psychopath begins shooting unarmed women and kids, you should go hide. Eventually, in 15 to 30 minutes or so, the police will arrive and you'll be saved. We've seen what's happened in that half-hour or so.
Now, they defrosted the corpse of Captain Obvious at some government department. According to the Wizards of Smart, it's OK to fight back now! Isn't that great?
In all seriousness, Kudos to those brave men on that French train, and the US Army Veteran in the Oregon school shooting. My only gripe is: Why are their actions so unusual? There was a time when MEN DID NOT cower and retreat in the face of danger.
Perhaps... Maybe... we've turned the corner as a culture. Maybe, collectively, we're sick of being told it's socially / morally superior to be weak and passive. All I know is, every time evil is confronted by good men, we win. Remember what John Stuart Mill said.
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Policy or not, here's a quick reality check. Crazy shooters don't have eyes in the back of their heads. Sometimes, they stop to reload. Maybe he's having some non-sensical quasi philosophical conversation with someone he's about to shoot. There will be an opportunity to neutralize a mass shooter. If you can team up to take the jerk down, all the better. But don't wait for help. Use anything at your disposal. Fight as "dirty" as needed.
We live in a sick society that these festering puss-balls of sub-humanity ooze out from. The cause of this disease is a debate for the politicians. Your job, as a responsible human being, is to stop these shooters as quickly as possible.
Or, you can wait for the "professionals". Whatever makes sense to you.