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Editorial: Honing rapid response

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Investigators have yet to explain what they believe motivated a young man to fire indiscriminately at innocent people in two Greenville parking lots last month. Yet the incident showed the community that the carnage could have been horrific were it not for the swift and professional response of local law enforcement, which successfully immobilized the gunman.

Expect that memory to be fresh today when East Carolina University conducts a live-shooter exercise on campus to test the rapid response capacity of the school’s police force. Though officers cannot be entirely prepared for such a nightmare unfolding, either at East Carolina or elsewhere in the community, training events like this help to hone skills that can save lives, as was demonstrated last month.

Managing occasional violent incidents was a concern of every campus administration before the 2007 shooting at Virginia Tech made emergency preparedness a top priority. On a blustery April morning, a senior English major turned the idyllic campus in southwest Virginia into his personal horror show, shooting 49 students and instructors, killing 32 of them.

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Investigators Don't Have to Explain

The Daily Reflector article in which the shooter's list of personal items included the Koran and a Healthy Muslim publication pretty much did it for me. Are there peaceful Muslims? Sure--just like there are peaceful Klansmen. However, until they prove themselves to be peaceful, I'm not trusting either group. By the above, I don't mean they're RIGHT in their beliefs. One or both groups (Klan and Muslims) can hate me or anybody else if they want--that's what makes this a free country. Al Sharpton, Abbie Hoffman (deceased) and Naomi Wolf would probably hate my guts as well. I don't want to live in a country where people can't THINK or SPEAK unpopular or downright stupid ideas. But when they ACT ON THAT HATE, that's when they cross the line. For what it's worth, extreme Muslim groups, the Nazis during WWII, and Klan use/used the same tactics. They convince unemployed losers that their lack of employment is not their fault--and they point fingers at another group. The Nazis blamed Jews, the Klan blames black people, and the radical Muslims blame the U.S. When some unemployed loser can't feed himself, he's more likely to join one of those groups. Then they convince those new recruits to do stupid, and or evil things.

If a white man went on a

If a white man went on a shooting rampage in a Walmart parking lot and only managed to shoot black people, he would be labeled a racist by the media from the first day. Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson would be on the scene the next day demanding that the shooter be charged with a hate crime. When it goes the other way? Crickets.

motive for the shooting

Because he is a racist white hater. Try that on for size!

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