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  •  Blanks can be lethal (21+ / 0-)

    They are nothing to play around with.  Ever.  I played with some as a kid and quickly learned to respect them, fortunately without anyone being injured.  In a gun make specifically to fire blanks (like for foot races) the wadding is usually diverted upward, but when a regular gun is used? It is a gamble what can happen when the gun is pointed at someone, as can happen in a play without the actor thinking about the possible consequences.

    This Oregon "drill" strikes me as one of the dumber things I've heard of in years. Forget someone being armed, all that would have been needed was be for someone in the room to grab a chair and whack one of the "intruders" over the head.  

    I can tell you from experience, in a high-stress situation one tends to react instinctively. And quickly. Many years ago I disarmed someone about four inches taller than me, without stopping to think about what I was doing. For the record they appeared to be about to hurt themselves, so maybe that made it easier for me to jump in, as contrasted to whether they were pointing a weapon at me. I may never know, but it was quite a high-stress hour until someone came and was able to help me control the individual.

    Based on that one life-altering experience, I can say that in a dangerous situation one's reactions take over. If one of those teachers felt their colleagues' lives were at risk (perhaps one of them a sweetie of their's?) and they saw a way to disable an assailant? The "exercise" could have ended in tragedy.

    A really, really dumb idea.

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