A former Navy SEAL is training K-9s to attack school shooters
As Americans are increasingly terrified of being the victims of the next mass shooting and our lawmakers refuse to enact any sort of common sense legislation that would protect kids in schools, a former Navy Seal has a novel “solution” to gun violence: Send in the dogs. Literally.
A former Navy SEAL is training K-9s to attack school shooters. The dogs run toward the sound of gunfire, aren’t distracted by people fleeing and can take down the shooter. The @NBC4ITeam reports https://t.co/NURHZ9CjjU pic.twitter.com/iGANpQFAeL
— NBCWashington (@nbcwashington) August 13, 2019
Former SEAL Joshua Morton has done five tours overseas and is now putting his K-9 handler skills to use in a whole new war zone — America’s schools. “I did not expect to see what I saw overseas, to see it in schools. But, unfortunately, it’s happening,” Morton tells NBC News. “I’ve been trying to find this solution for a very long time.”
Morton is training K-9s to run toward the sound of gunshots, ignore the distraction that is kids fleeing on either side, and take down a gunman in less than a minute. Which sounds good in theory, but there are definitely some logical questions about how well it would actually work.
For one, it’s pretty easy to shoot and kill a dog. For two, dogs can’t open doors, so a gunman in a classroom, gym, cafeteria, or office — anywhere but an open hallway, honestly — would be able to continue their rampage unimpeded by Fido.
Oh, and the biggest problem: Gun violence has already been solved all over the world, and it wasn’t dogs that did it. It was humans who made it harder for people to gain access to military-grade weapons — or any guns at all. The fact that our people won’t act, and the fact that our country has rates of gun-related deaths 25 times higher than any other developed country apparently has no bearing on this. Forget that the rest of the world knows the correct answer to this problem, and it is, indisputably, restricting access to guns. Time to use dogs.
Obviously, people have questions.
There’s this question, which has been asked by a ton of people, especially considering many lawmakers have responded to devastating shootings in schools by suggesting — or even passing — legislation that allows teachers to carry guns on the job.
Can they differentiate between the bad guys with guns and the good guys with guns?
— ODB (@daggaculture) August 13, 2019
Apparently a reporter asked this question, and here was the Navy Seal’s answer.
We asked that question- the deputy who helped develop it points out that most active shooter situations in schools are over by the time law enforcement arrives. It took the dog about 20 seconds to find & knock down the gunman once he started shooting in the school.
— Jodie Fleischer (@jodienbc4) August 14, 2019
So by the time police arrive, the shooter is done. Except historically, even if that’s true, that’s after 10, 20, or 30 kids have been killed.
The deputy also noted that the dog was able to find and knock down the shooter in 20 seconds. If you listen to the video, the gunman gets off nine shots in that time. That’s potentially nine dead kids. Luckily, in this scenario, the dog had a clear path to the gunman with no closed doors in between. Otherwise, he probably could have shot dozens more times.
The last mass shooter shot 26 people in what? 32 seconds?…
We may need more than 1 Dog.
But I have an idea.
How about we save the Dog, The Kids, and faculties lives by doing something about the freaking Guns!
Why is doing this so freaking hard
— Max (@JeanMax_Jr) August 14, 2019
Then there are the smaller problems, like the fact that training a dog for every school in the country is mind-blowingly unrealistic at the estimated cost of $125,000 per year.
There are a lot of good reasons this isn’t going to work. Where are you getting 130K dogs (that’s only 1 dog per school)? The working dog community is already having trouble finding dogs for police security. This isn’t realistic.
— Do Not Pet (@j_brownk9) August 14, 2019
And, you know, the fact that people could just leave innocent animals out of this and deal with their own self-inflicted problems.
Dogs are going to die. This is disgusting. Leave animals out of human bullshit.
— Asia (@AsiaChloeBrown) August 15, 2019
Dogs should not have to risk their lives because Americans are too selfish and insecure to enact same gun control policies.
— Ron Hogan (@RonHogan) August 14, 2019
I dont like that idea at all. These beautiful smart courageous dogs deserve better than this.
— Luca (@BlUeDoGOctober) August 13, 2019
Thanks to the kids and dogs who will now continue to give the ultimate sacrifice in the name of unfettered gun access in America.
Is this really the America we want? Because this is the America we have right now. Demand your lawmakers do better than this, for the safety of kids, and dogs, and all of us.
Asking dogs to stand up to gunmen because Senators are too afraid to stand up to gun lobbyists is a uniquely American solution to gun violence.
Text RALLY to 644-33 to join us this weekend. We don’t have to live like this; our children shouldn’t be afraid they’ll die like this. https://t.co/8WvHkdvCvk
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) August 15, 2019
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