The Mandalay Bay hotel has come under fire after an investigation into the timeline of events that night revealed that the hotel was aware of the gunman before his deadly shooting massacre began. This has caused many to question why it took authorities so long to stop the gunman?
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The latest discovery by an investigation into the Las Vegas shooting determined the Mandalay Bay security guard who was fired on by the gunman was shot in the leg a full six minutes before he opened fire on the Route 91 country music festival below.
Let's take a look into the past at a shooting that rocked America to the core in 1999, the Columbine high school shooting. Prior to the years leading up to Columbine, mass shooters were few and far between. Law enforcement had little experience with planning for or stopping gunman on the loose with the sole intent of mass murder without regard for their own lives or any others.
When Columbine happened in 1999, over 300 police from nearly 50 different law enforcement agencies responded to the high school but did not form an organized team to neutralize the shooters until many hours after the shooting began. It took nearly four hours after the first shots were fired for the first law enforcement officer to even enter the high school.
The failure to actively seek out and neutralize the two teenage gunmen at Columbine has been criticized time and time again and served as an important lesson for the law enforcement community prompting a change in tactics. Contrast the 3 hour and 45 minute time span it took for police to even enter Columbine high school with the 12 minutes that it took Las Vegas law enforcement to neutralize the gunman.
The advancement in training and tactics brought a swift end to the Las Vegas shooters spree of terror. When you consider that it was 12 minutes from the moment the first shots were fired into the crowd to the time that a small group of Las Vegas police were breaching the gunman's hotel door, it shows the heroic and selfless acts of the Las Vegas police most certainly saved hundreds of lives.
It is unlikely that it is physically possible for police to respond any sooner. When you consider the police officers had to first get to the hotel, form a plan, and execute a highly dangerous entry into an unknown threat 32 floors above ground level it shows an amazing level of training. If the police at Columbine had the same training there would almost certainly be far fewer casualties of the attack.
Instead of questioning the length of time it too to respond to the shooting, the Las Vegas police should be praised for their heroic actions and incredibly fast response time.
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