Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.)
Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, U.S. Army (Ret.)

Please read the article, written by Doug Wyllie on police Active shooters in schools: The enemy is denial. It includes an outline and summary of  Lt. Col. Grossman’s 5 D’s.  Lt. Col. Grossman is an internationally recognized scholar, author, Soldier, and speaker. He is one of the world’s foremost experts in the field of human aggression and the roots of violence and violent crime.  Mr. Wyllie’s article goes into more depth, but here is an excerpt.  It is more than worth reading his entire article, and his entire series on this topic. It is time to end the naivety.  It is time to protect our children!

Grossman’s Five D’s

1. Denial — Denial is the enemy and it has no survival value, said Grossman.
2. Deter — Put police officers in schools, because with just one officer assigned to a school, the probability of a mass murder in that school drops to almost zero
3. Detect — We’re talking about plain old fashioned police work here. The ultimate achievement for law enforcement is the crime that didn’t happen, so giving teachers and administrators regular access to cops is paramount.
4. Delay — Various simple mechanisms can be used by teachers and cops to put time and distance between the killers and the kids.

a. Ensure that the school/classroom have just a single point of entry. Simply locking the back door helps create a hard target.
b. Conduct your active shooter drills within (and in partnership with) the schools in your city so teachers know how to respond, and know what it looks like when you do your response.

5. Destroy — Police officers and agencies should consider the following:
a. Carry off duty. No one would tell a firefighter who has a fire extinguisher in his trunk that he’s crazy or paranoid.
b. Equip every cop in America with a patrol rifle. One chief of police, upon getting rifles for all his officers once said, “If an active killer strikes in my town, the response time will be measured in feet per second.”
c. Put smoke grenades in the trunk of every cop car in America. Any infantryman who needs to attack across open terrain or perform a rescue under fire deploys a smoke grenade. A fire extinguisher will do a decent job in some cases, but a smoke grenade is designed to perform the function.
d. Have a “go-to-war bag” filled with lots of loaded magazines and supplies for tactical combat casualty care.
e. Use helicopters. Somewhere in your county you probably have one or more of the following: medivac, media, private, national guard, coast guard rotors.
f. Employ the crew-served, continuous-feed, weapon you already have available to you (a firehouse) by integrating the fire service into your active shooter training. It is virtually impossible for a killer to put well-placed shots on target while also being blasted with water at 300 pounds per square inch.
g. Armed citizens can help.  Think United 93. Whatever your personal take on gun control, it is all but certain that a killer set on killing is more likely to attack a target where the citizens are unarmed, rather than one where they are likely to encounter an armed citizen response.



6 Replies to “Denial is the Enemy in School Shootings”

  1. Good points all, and sorely needed… All the laws in the world won’t stop a criminal. A .45 round to the head will… But that means there has to be someone there WITH a .45…

    1. EXACTLY OldNFO! I am floored by the bravery of those teachers in that classroom, but they should have had “backup” in the form of a guard with a gun, or some teachers who were trained, etc. so they would not have ever had to be that kind of strong.

  2. Dude – in my day we did nuclear event drills in the classroom, talk about pointless. As an aside to Grossman’s point #2, our mayor here in North Charleston has pledged to install a police officer in all of our grade schools to the tune of 1-2 million dollars a year. We shall see how long that lasts, I’m all for it by the way.

    1. Dennis,

      Ha ha – I remember nuclear drills (especially in my early elementary days…) Here in Southern California, many of of the schools have a very open campus. My daughter’s high school seems impossible to secure, but there is always a County Sheriff, or two, on their grounds. My son’s elementary school seems so quiet and calm – sweet, and small. I have never seen any kind of law enforcement anywhere near the elementary school. I know the State of California can barely afford teachers, let alone more Police and Armed security guards at schools – although I am 100% sure there are MANY lower priority items they are spending that money on!

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