Some may find the Lone Shooter posters around campus silly and others may even snicker at them but the life they save may be your own.

With hundreds of millions of guns in private hands throughout America, unfortunately it’s quite possible that there will be a shooting on campus someday.

According to the Geneva-based Small Arms Survey published in, the U.S. has the best-armed civilian population in the world, with an estimated 270 million total guns in private hands and tens of millions more in official use.

Just this past summer and a few miles away from PCC, six people were killed by a lone shooter near Santa Monica College.

A few years ago 32 students were shot and killed and 17 others were wounded at Virginia Tech. At Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Conn., 26 people were killed, mostly first-graders. Both of these shooting involved a lone shooter.

One may ridicule these informative posters and pamphlets but the campus police department and especially Chief Yoder should be commended for being proactive in trying to inform the student body and staff in ways that can literally save their lives.

This is nothing to laugh about. We are talking about our lives and all positive efforts should be applauded.

Since campus police aren’t allowed to carry guns, we are basically on our own until help arrives.

We should all take the time to read these “Response To An Active Shooter” posters and if we do we might just live.


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