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Retired Colonel Speaks on Preventing Mass Killing

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DUNCAN Okla_ With recent mass shootings on the rise, many are talking about school safety.

Educators and law enforcement from all over Oklahoma came to Duncan Tuesday to learn new strategies for how to combat intruders without spending a lot of money.

They turned to a former military man who has spent years studying the science and psychology of killing. Lieutenant Colonel Dave Grossman calls it "Killology". He said it can help reduce violence in society and improve the outcome of violent encounters.

7News Reporter Sara Whaley went to the presentation and had a chance to talk with the nationally recognized author one on one. He retired from the army in Jonesboro, Arkansas. Not long after, two students killed five in a school massacre there. Because of his expertise in the field of human aggression and violent crime, authorities asked for his help.

He has been helping communities first recover and then learn from tragedies ever since.

"Our kids are more likely to be killed by violence than every other possible cause of death put together," Grossman said.

He said he has facts to back up that claim. 63 were killed in 2006 and 57 in 2007. He said it's time for us to lay those numbers to rest, Instead of our children. He said the single most important thing a school can do is allow only one point of entry.

"As a parent, you should demand that they keep those exterior doors locked all the time," Grossman said.

That's not the only way to protect kids without spending a dime. Grossman is asking educators to become detectives. He said potential killers will almost always throw up red flags by asking unusual questions about security. His tips don't stop there; he even lays out a plan if the unthinkable happens.

"If the killer does enter the school, the building should already be secure with way to delay him," Grossman said.

He said doors should always be locked, and windows should be shatterproof.

"How many killers have to shoot out the windows and reach into our classrooms before we spend a couple of bucks per window?" Grossman said.

If your district is willing to spend a little more money, Grossman said the best investment is having an armed security guard, or at the very least someone on site that can shoot.

"The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," Grossman said.

He hopes that good guy with the gun will keep the bad guy from ever wanting to step foot near our kids. Grossman said we need to stop being in denial about school massacres. He said they are obviously happening, so we need to acknowledge that it's a problem and prepare for the violence like firemen prepare for fire.

Grossman also talked to law enforcement officers about how they can better protect not only our schools, but our towns. He said they should all carry when they are off duty and have extra ammunition in their cars.

He will continue his presentation tomorrow from 8:00 AM until 3:00 PM at New Hope Baptist Church. It's open to the public and free of charge.  

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