What would you do if you found yourself in an "active shooter" environment?
Hundreds of colleges across the nation have purchased a training program that teaches professors and students not to take campus threats lying down but to fight back with any "improvised weapon," from a backpack to a laptop computer.The goblin at Virginia Tech killed 32. If 10 people had heaved chairs at him, they might have knocked him down.
The program — which includes a video showing a gunman opening fire in a packed classroom — urges them to be ready to respond to a shooter by taking advantage of the inherent strength in numbers.
Now, you and I might say, that actual defensive weapons would be better than improvised defensive weapons. But I doubt that the Liberal-powers-that-be at universities are going to see things in quite that light.
College are waking up to the fact that they live in the Real World™, and that in the real world, violence can erupt anywhere. Violent crime is not something that happens only to "other kinds of people" in other places. Violence crime can impact anyone, anywhere.