Are you in a leadership role within our Government? If not, you should be. Your ideas and sound logic are exactly what we need at this moment.Layered defenses matter. Can't be stopping violent attack with what you don't have.
The basic aspects are fairly straightforward. Though, I'm sure there are more elements within each area that can be considered.
Basically, you either identify at-risk folks ahead of time, de-fang them, stop them at the gates, stop them inside the gates, or fail (and get attacked). Little different whether speaking of sleeping at home, going to school, being caught out shopping, sitting in a bank, or working at the office.
- Identify the assailant before violence is attempted -- either via tips from those who know the assailant, or counseling/psychiatric interdiction, or being captured for some other crime, or having a meteor falling on the assailant's head.
Ideally, strengthening our advance-warning systems will help identify a percentage of at-risk people and get them help before things blow up into full-scale violent threats against innocents.
- Training for parents, teachers, psychiatrists, healthcare professionals, police -- to help identify at-risk behaviors early, so they can be effectively dealt with.
- Improved communication between key parties, to streamline identification, evaluation, intervention.
- Appropriate statutory/funding changes to streamline and support such efforts.
- Guard against the "pre-crime" risk and the potential for abuse.
- Take steps to eliminate the ability of the most-violent to commit violence -- via removal from society (via incarceration or execution), or elimination of weaponry in the hands of such criminals.
- Mental health treatment
- Violent criminal segregation -- work camps, imprisonment, execution (for the most irredeemably violent)
- Possible elimination of weaponry from violent criminals -- though, they too are citizens. And while they're not engaging in criminal acts against others, they too have every right to be capable of defending themselves against criminal attack. Must balance the threats with the costs/benefits of erasure of rights of being armed. Existing attempts at disarming criminals have utterly failed; at best, only re-captured criminals get disarmed, and they re-arm the moment they're released.
- Make it difficult/impossible to reach the intended victim(s) -- via hardening a facility's doors/windows, procedures and tactics.
It's important to do everything we can to provide practical and effective strengthening of doors, windows, entry paths, procedures, tactics and training, such that a violent assailant cannot reach the "sensitive" targets (people in the bedrooms, classrooms, offices; or, the gold/money in the safe).
- Door strengthening -- stronger, thicker doors, frames, locking mechanisms.
- Window strengthening -- stronger, wired glass panes, stronger frames, locking mechanisms.
- Alarms, monitoring.
- Layout/design improvements -- Better-designed buildings can help segregate "public" access areas from "protected" areas containing at-risk staff or stuff. Only suitable for new structures, costly revamp of older/existing structures.
- Staffing -- a "castle's walls" aren't much good unless they're manned by competent and effective people.
- Training, tactics -- strong training programs can help people understand how to effectively react in emergency situations.
- Funding -- each of these steps requires the funds to achieve them. Many are relatively low-cost, but many can be costly in terms of funds, time.
- Stop an assailant at the moment of violence -- requires weaponry, skills and tactics in combination sufficient to survive the attack.
It's critical to have the capability of making a last stand, via a combination of weaponry, skills and tactics sufficient to stop violent attack. Required in the event that the earlier steps fail to stop the assailant.
Absolutely critical, if a person is out and about, outside of some facility/structure that can otherwise be hardened or protected beyond the person's need to be capable of his/her own defense. Nobody else is likely to protect a person here, given that armed/capable helpers are likely to be elsewhere on the instant of a violent attack.
- Pepper sprays
- Skills -- defensive skills, including hand-to-hand, using weaponry.
- Tactics -- must be trained how to effectively manage/alter situations to turn the tables on an assailant.
- Quick-reaction teams -- key members of staff, students, responders can train to effectively work together in such situations, to handle specific tasks and take advantage of situation dynamics.
- Time, funds -- requires the staff, time and funding to acquire such weaponry, skills. Not all staff will be suitable to all forms of skills/weaponry.