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I recently suggested that every person insist that all the institutions he/she is a member of have a "code red" plan.

It seems that number 19 of the President's executive orders is exactly that:

19. Develop model emergency response plans for schools, houses of worship and
institutions of higher education.

As one commenter noted, it forces the gun issue out into the open.

The original plan after the orange squiggly...

The high school that my kids went to has several drills for emergencies.  The one for a gun on campus is called "code red".  In it, all students go into classrooms, the doors are locked, lights off, shades drawn, and everyone hunkers down, while the police are called to remove the weapon from campus.

Why don't my adult organizations have the same protection?

So, to fully embrace our country's love of guns and yet be prepared for the worst, I suggest that every organization have a code red plan.  EVERY organization:  fraternal groups, church congregations, fitness centers, shopping malls, libraries, clubs (for example my men's chorus), every organization.

Each group would choose a plan of action to be carried out if a person appears with an assault weapon.  (After all, if a person appears with an assault weapon, a reasonable assumption is that they plan to use it.  To avoid this issue, try not to have disgruntled former members...)

a.  Some might opt for "run and hide" - upon seeing a person with an assault weapon, everyone in attendance is notified and they scatter and hide as best they can.

b.  Then there is the "armed guard" option - The group hire an armed guard.  Of course the guard would have to be armed at least as well as any perpetrator, so that means an assault weapon.  Any they would have to be in a protected area, so that might mean some type of armored vehicle capable of stopping armor-piercing bullets.  (This is slightly out of my league...)

c.  The "designated trouble shooters" option - The group would designate at least three members to come to the meetings fully armed.

d.  The "everyone is armed" - The group decides that every member must come armed to every meeting.

Which option would a sane person choose?

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  •  When is the last time a school burnt down... (0+ / 0-)

    yet students still have regular fire drills.  

    "The world is made for people who aren't cursed with self awareness" -Annie Savoy (Bull Durham)

    by Jacoby Jonze on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 08:34:27 PM PST

  •  I understand your idea, (0+ / 0-)

    but it has limited practicality in some of the examples you cite here:

    EVERY organization: fraternal groups, church congregations, fitness centers, shopping malls, libraries, clubs (for example my men's chorus), every organization.
    Where the group is relatively small, made up of people who know each other, and comprised of pretty much the same people all the time -- like your men's chorus, some smaller church congregations, certain clubs, etc. -- this could be a useful exercise.

    But, please explain how this works in a shopping mall? One of the most popular malls in the DC metro area is Tysons Corner Center. According to Wikipedia:

    Today, the mall has 2.1 million square feet (195,000 m²) of retail space on three levels, 16 movie screens, and nearly 300 stores.
    Any place that has lots of visitors -- some of whom may be "regulars" and others who are infrequent or
    one-time visitors -- is not going to be able to have a plan because it is not feasible to think that everyone there would know what the plan IS. In urban areas you have multiple languages and cultures also, adding another layer of complexity.

    I think small organizations should explore this suggestion, but I just don't think it's very practical in larger settings.

    "I think in America, the opposite of poverty is justice." Bryan Stevenson

    by gfre on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:01:23 PM PST

  •  Because (0+ / 0-)

    Paranoia is only bad when the other side does it?

    the purpose of the second amendment is to promote a well-regulated militia, in the same sense that the purpose of the first amendment is to promote a well-informed electorate.

    by happymisanthropy on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 10:19:45 PM PST

  •  Where I work (0+ / 0-)

    We have a 3 digit number that calls security if there is any kind of emergency

    They call the cops or fire department as required.  (and given that both the police station and fire dept are a block away, the response time is excellent)

    Aside from that, adults are presumed to be able to take responsible actions on their own.  Most emergencies (including gun toting maniacs) are unpredictable and you can't easily "Drill" for them.  (and most of our space is open with nothing but cubicles, "lock the door and hide" isn't really an option.   "Flee" is probably better, we have lots of exits.

    We do fire drills, because a fire may require you to exit from a location that isn't your normal location, and because if we don't do fire drills, monitored by actual paramedics to ensure we have things like meeting places, account for everyone inside etc, our insurance rates go up.  Well and also if we had a fire, it would be extremely helpful to actual firemen if all they had to do to know if anyone is inside would be to talk to a half dozen managers, each responsible for knowing if their own people got to the muster points.

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