'You Confront the Shooter Directly': Fox News Guest Blames Shooting Victims for Not Charging into Line of Fire
November 08, 2018
On Thursday, Americans woke up to the news of another horrific mass shooting at a dance bar in Thousand Oaks, California, which has left at least a dozen dead.
<p>Before the dust had even settled, Fox News was discussing possible solutions to shootings. But nothing to do with regulating how guns are sold — rather, said NYPD Lieutenant Darrin Porcher the victims of a mass shooting should just charge the shooter.</p><p>"Anyone who's a patron in these types of establishments, there's two focuses," said Porcher. "One I've heard: Run, hide and dial 911. That's one aspect, but there’s another aspect whereas you confront the shooter directly. And we've seen a lot of success with confronting the shooter directly, don't forget what happened with the 9/11 hijackers in Pennsylvania, for example. There's so many people at that location, if they converge on the shooter, it'll stop them."</p><p>"Granted, someone may get shot," said Porcher. "But the truth of the matter is this will decrease the carnage far greater than if you look to run, hide, and dial 911."</p><blockquote class="twitter-video"><p dir="ltr" lang="en">Fox guest Dr. Darrin Porcher says that when confronted by an active shooter, victims should simply rush the gunman: “Granted, someone may get shot, but the truth of the matter is this will decrease the carnage far greater than if you look to run, hide, and dial 911.” <a href="https://t.co/aXiJKOhr5y">pic.twitter.com/aXiJKOhr5y</a></p>— Bobby Lewis (@revrrlewis) <a href="https://twitter.com/revrrlewis/status/1060507675002368000?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">November 8, 2018</a></blockquote><p>Porcher's example of the United Airlines Flight 93 hijacking is a poor one, given that <a href="https://www.nps.gov/flni/learn/historyculture/upload/Timeline-2017-revision-marginal-notes-for-WTC-and-Pentagon-1.pdf">everyone onboard that flight died</a>.</p><p>That said, there are certainly cases in which groups of people, or even a <a href="https://www.tennessean.com/story/news/crime/2018/04/22/waffle-house-shooting-hero-stopped-shooter/540061002/">single person</a>, lunged at a shooter and disarmed them. But having everyone put themselves in the line of fire seems like a much worse solution than just making it harder for dangerous people to buy guns.</p><p>The Thousand Oaks shooting comes not quite two weeks after the deadly neo-Nazi shooting at the <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2018/11/02/tree-life-synagogue-shooting-pittsburgh-jews-attack-mourning-column/1844493002/">Tree of Life synagogue</a> in Pittsburgh that killed 11 worshipers.</p>
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