Carrying a gun

When 13 Minutes Is An Eternity

The City of Oxford, Mississippi held an active shooter drill on Tuesday, May 29, 2018.  According to the Oxford Eagle, “The call came into dispatch at 1:45 p.m. that there was an active shooter on the Oxford Intermediate School campus. By 1:53 p.m. police officers with OPD arrived at the school . . . OPD officer had the two shooters subdued within 5 minutes of arriving at the school.”

13 minutes from call to arrest.

In this situation 13 minutes might as well be an eternity. Don’t believe me? Start counting Mississippis (one second increments). When you get to 780, consider what all you could have done in the interim.

The point of this post is not to criticize the OPD.  I do not know if this is a good response time or not.  It does not matter.  What matters is that if it takes 13 minutes from the call to the arrest you better have a plan in place.  For all practical purposes you are on your own.

As another data point, during the May 18, 2018, Santa Fe High School school shooting the shooter was engaged within 4 minutes thanks to heroic officers but he still was not arrested until about 25 minutes after the murders began.