CONFIRMED: On Scene, Armed Resource Officers Stopped Oregon High School Shooting
As we predicted the other day when the Reynolds High School shooting took place, the incident was ended by good guys with guns (armed resource officers) who were already on scene.
The NRA and other gun rights groups have long touted the benefits to having an armed presence on school campuses in order to immediately respond to threats. This is just another example of this working.
According to Oregon Live,
Troutdale school resource Officers Nick Thompson and Kyle Harris were at Reynolds High School when Tuesday’s shooting occurred, Multnomah County Sheriff Dan Staton said.
“As soon as this happened, they were there in less than a minute,” Staton said. “Had they not been there, it could have been a lot worse.”
“I believe their quick response saved many of our students’ lives,” Anderson said. “For that, our community and I thank you.”
At least one of the officers actually engaged the suspect and fired shots.
This is the latest attempted mass shooting that was cut short by the involvement of a third party (we consider a third party to be anyone who is already on scene and armed during an incident).
A suspect in a recent college shooting in Seattle was subdued by another student armed with pepper spray.
An armed suspect who attempted to take over a courthouse in Georgia was shot and killed by an armed Sheriff’s Deputy before he could even start his plan.
A pair of suspects in Las Vegas killed themselves shortly after encountering an armed concealed carrier after they killed two police officers. The concealed carrier was killed during the altercation, but police say he is a hero due to his actions.
The NRA first suggested that more trained, armed individuals in schools could stop mass shootings more effectively than responding officers. These latest cases prove the point that the faster a good guy with a gun can engage the bad guy with a gun, the faster the incident will be over.