The Lethal Question: To Arm or Not to Arm?

These eight considerations can help college and university officials rethink this age-old dilemma. - by Cmdr. Shad U. Ahmed

College officials often weigh whether they should use lethal or less-lethal weapons. Post Virginia Tech, some of the campus security and police departments that traditionally have not been armed are revisiting this topic.

But, let's face it: a Virginia Tech-style incident is statistically a rare occurrence, and a side arm will most likely not prevent or stop an active shooter incident from occurring. Other violent incidents, such as domestic disputes, calls with knives involved, and physical arguments are on the rise. The possession of a lethal weapon by a campus public safety officer might be the only way to mitigate a large portion of those incidents where no other option is available. Continue reading