Unarmed Police Respond to Shooting on Gun-Free Zone Campus

The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a bunch of good guys with no guns who will surround him and then hug him to death. It’s a plan… but it’s a really, really bad plan.

Campus police officers responded without firearms to multiple reports of a lone gunman at the University of Rhode Island (URI), on Thursday, due to a state policy that prohibits deputized campus police officers from carrying firearms on public campuses.

URI police, who were the first to respond to panicked reports of a loose shooter in the school’s Chaffee Hall, arrived at the building and began to create a perimeter using only paper spray and batons.

What exactly were they going to do with the pepper spray? Stand off a gunman using pepper spray and batons? Even the Russian Army sent its conscripts into battle against the German Army in Stalingrad better equipped than that.

“State police were still arriving on the scene twenty minutes after the incident,” Nina Microulis, who is a senior at URI said Friday. “State police led the charge – partly because they were armed – but I would not hesitate to say that the university police know our campus best.

Armed beats knowing campus best when dealing with a gunman.

Although no shooter was found after 2 1/2 hours of lockdown, the frenzied reports caused hundreds to flee resulting in minor injuries among students. Classes at URI were cancelled for the remainder of the day as a precautionary measure.

Welcome to Gun-Free America where a panicked population is taught to go into helpless frenzies of hysteria every time a balloon pops while everyone is kept unarmed… because guns are not the answer.

Just ask Governor Lincoln Chaffee.

 A spokeswoman for the current governor, Lincoln Chaffee (I), agreed there are no current plans for arming campus police.

“Simply more guns in the mix isn’t a solution to violence on university and college campuses,” Christine Hunsinger, who is the communications director for Chaffee, told Campus Reform. “The governor is very opening to listening to both sides but it should be looked at as part of a whole solution…. We need to see what else can be done to make those places safe.”


Who needs guns to stop a gunman when you can wait 20 minutes for the state police to arrive while the campus police sets up a perimeter of toilet paper and strongly worded citations.

But what both sides is Chaffee going to listen to? The gunman and the people he’s shooting at? The campus police who are being told to set up perimeters of pepper spray and the students who would rather be shot by a bad guy with a gun than protected by a good guy with a gun? The voices in his own head?

This time the report did not stand up, but what happens when another Adam Lanza reads this and realizes that he’ll have a 20 minute window for a massacre before armed police show up?

  • http://www.adinakutnicki.com AdinaK

    Only in a multi-culti, psychotic's mind would police be unarmed; a campus be without protection AND the only one with a weapon would be the shooter!
    Alas, this is so predictable it is almost laughable, if it wasn't so tragic! However, it is not as if I haven't warned of such an outcome, at least in an overall perspective – http://adinakutnicki.com/2013/03/16/gun-control-m

    Adina Kutnicki, Israel http://adinakutnicki.com/about/

  • Mary Sue

    Not surprising that the URI is run by brain-damaged hippie peaceniks.

    • vladtepes2

      Amen !
      If you want to see the perfect example – the very epitome of the "brain-damaged hippie peacenik" see the character "Sky Aquarian" in the 1977 episode of "The Rockford Files" called "Quickie Nirvana" ( season 4 episode 7 ).

      The URI people obviously have a mental problem, they're delusional and utopian, they just don't have a firm grip on reality.
      They're perpetually ready to latch onto the latest fad that will solve all the worlds problems.
      Their response to the threat of violence is emotional, not rational.

      The URI types must have graduated from the "Miss America" school of "world peace" and "love" and "non-violence".
      They just pass a law to make it so, and then live as if the Millenium has come.
      When reality eventually does smack them in the face, their "holier than thou" sense of moral superiority continues to shield them from aligning their thinking with the cold hard facts of life.

      The sad thing is that it's the URI administration that forces a delusional policy on the school, and it's the otherwise innocent students who suffer the consequences.

      • Mary Sue

        Oh man I think I remember that episode, sorta kinda. I think ME TV still runs reruns of Rockford Files.

  • Mr Smith

    Paper spray(?) and batons?

    Greenfield must need some sleep. I know I do after waking up in the middle of the night.

    I can't fault the gist of the argument. It is dead on.

    • Mr Smith

      I'll take a stab at the reason why the words paper spray were written and why the error was not caught.

      "while the campus police sets up a perimeter of toilet paper and strongly worded citations."

      The author had the words paper on the mind. The sentence is dripping with sarcasm, but it has to be so. The actions of people like Governor Lincoln Chafee are so ludicrous.

    • Daniel Greenfield

      The misspelling is part of a quote from the linked article.

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        So unlike NY Times reporters, you actually use the sources you claim to use?

        How remarkable, you'd never get hired at any major bankrupt media outlet.

        • Daniel Greenfield

          I would probably need to quote more anonymous sources in the White House for that.

  • figment

    it's obvious if you are a victim of a crime on a college campus, nothing will be done if it "embaresses" the college alumni.

    ask sandusky's victims.

  • Spikey1

    When seconds count the police were there in 20 minutes.

    This "practice" was a complete failure.

  • tagalog

    So if campus security guards aren't going to have guns, what to Governor Chafee is a "whole solution" to the gun violence at schools issue?

    Help me out here on that point, please.

    Are they going to pass a law that prohibits the violent mentally ill from owning firearms, and, in order to discover which people among the mentally ill are likely to become violent, allow involuntary commitment to a psych facility for a psych eval after two or three days of observation?

    I bet not. That would interfere with some peoples' rights.

    While they're at it, they might want to pass a law prohibiting "assault knives" at schools, too. Can't have any repetitions of the Lone Star College stabbing incident.

  • kgkeefer

    The Governor should disarm capitol police and security persons. Let's see if he can live with his peace-loving convictions. "The People's Palace is no place for offensive weapons."

    Kidding! Joke only.

    Reality is such a PITA compared to dreams of a utopian garden (above mass grave).


  • pagegl

    Chaffee should at least let the campus security people have guitars so they can try to persuade a potential shooter to sing kumbaya.

  • Ar'nun

    The funny thing is that Progs can be worked up into a dangerous freny with the mere mention of the word GUN! I think I am going to start frequenting Prog hotspots and just start muttering the word "GUN!" under my breath until panic erupts. Just for fun of course. I think Harvard will be my first stop.

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  • Tom Wolff

    Here on our campuses, it's illegal to possess a gun. So at least a third of the students carry guns in their backpacks, purses, etc.

  • gee59

    The Governor must have taken lessons from the IDF. They use Paint Ball guns instead.

  • http://twitter.com/jhaze32 @jhaze32

    If the Governor does not want the guards to be armed, maybe his own security guards should be disarmed as well.

  • JacksonPearson

    "The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a bunch of good guys with no guns who will surround him and then hug him to death. It’s a plan… but it’s a really, really bad plan."

    The LAPD were confronted and out gunned by two heavily armed bank robbers at the North Hollywood shoot out. The two men had auto weapons and kevlar vests. This should have been a wake up call, that police should always be prepared for any situation. IMO, police going into a so-called no-gun zone unarmed, is plain politically correct stupid!

  • Roger J

    This is supremely stupid, even by Rhode Island stupidity standards, which are extremely high – take it from a former resident.

  • carlwk3c

    The governor and the people running URI are idiots.

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  • Lynn

    Weak. Way to back up all your statements with nothing other than your obstinate opinion. P.S. I'm sure none of the students would have panicked AT ALL in that type of situation as long as they were told that the police were armed. You must be so experienced in these types of things.

  • atlansky

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    FORCE ALL AMERICAN’S to keep a loaded gun in their homes and pray every day children will not use it like a water gun as the parents will be responsible for the thousands of accidents that will happen in this peaceful nation.
    By now you get the picture, the more guns the more the uncivilized humans become so there will be less people for the law enforcement community to have to “kill at will without due cause.”
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