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Thu, Oct 23 2014 - 12:09 AM

2 Dead in Ottawa Canada

 

A drug addict turned terrorist stormed the Parliament Buildings of Ottawa Canada on October 22 after killing a sentry by the nearby war memorial. Kevin Vickers, a former RCMP officer and now Sergeant-at-Arms shot and killed the attacker. He is an older gentleman and I salute his fortitude. A security guard by the entry tried to stop the intruder and was shot in the foot. Credit also to him. The handgun utilized to shoot the attacker was (locked?)in the office of the Seargeant-at-Arms showing that it does pay to keep firearms accessible to qualified personnel in public institutions (keep in mind this is a trained RCMP officer).

 

I have a few recommendations for Britain, Australia, the US and applicable EU countries which I think should help keep government buildings open to the public. Each soldier and security officer should be issued a shoulder holster so that they can carry a weapon under their jacket or shirt. Since the weapon is concealed the attacker won't know what kind of weapon they have. Security personnel at public entry points could be given flash bombs that blind the enemy. Flash bombs can save lives since it is very difficult for an attacker to fight when they are rendered temporarily blind. Signs could be put up in these sensitive areas that THE BUILDING REMAINS ON HIGH ALERT. This both warns visitors and discourages attackers. Visitors will then become aware that they could be shot or blinded if there is an attack. The public could get safety training at community centers on self defense and preparedness. Also it may be a good idea to have turnstiles where the public enter a public building. Turnstiles will not stop a terrorist but they will slow them down. And during an attack seconds count.

 

I also recommend that when soldiers go out, that they travel armed in pairs along with a third plainclothes soldier who remains on the lookout for trouble and is removed from the pair. Soldiers right now seem to be the primary target and their safety is our honor. Don't forget that most of them put their life on the line for our home and our nation. We should try to give them an equitable system and a nation that they are honored to defend. Condolences to the family of Corporal Nathan Cirillo who was shot and killed at the war memorial. May God bless his surviving son.

 

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