In An ‘Active Shooter’ Situation, How Can You Know If You Have ‘Enough Gun’?

Written by Captain Dave Funk on February 28, 2018

The great author, hunter and adventurer Robert Ruark, titled one of his books: Use Enough Gun, Ruark On Hunting Big Game. It’s being widely reported that during last week’s attack on the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, that four Broward County Sherriff’s Deputies hid behind cover and did not enter the school as the attack was unfolding. It took officers from another department to enter the school and stop the carnage.

One of the students present during the attack, David Hogg, who hid out in a closet and has suddenly become a public policy expert, tried to justify the Broward County Deputies inaction by saying, “Who wants to go down the barrel of an AR-15, even with a [G]lock? And I know that’s what these police officers are supposed to do, but they’re people too.”

I call BS on that statement. One of the first rules of a gunfight is to have a gun. After President Lincoln was shot, America put armed guards around the President. After 9/11, we even armed airline pilots when Congress created the Federal Flight Deck Officer Program. I know what their training was like, because I became one.

As you think of the illogic of Hogg’s statement, I want you to consider an obscure database of documented bear attacks stopped with handguns. We are often admonished by those with no knowledge of the real power and stealth of black, brown, and grizzly bears to just carry pepper spray and wear bells. just published a report about thirty-seven documented recent cases of bear attacks, where 97% of those attacks were stopped by people armed with only handguns, and in seven of those cases the guns used were just 9mm and .40 caliber Glocks.

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From 41,000 feet in the air, let me add to Robert Ruark’s advice to not just use enough gun, but make sure you have one. It’s time we let teachers and staff at every school in America have a chance to fight back by repealing the ridiculous gun-free-zone legislation brought upon us by the Democrats that provides evil people with defenseless victim zones.

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Captain Dave Funk
Captain Dave Funk: Constitutionalist, hunter, dad and patriot, Dave has retired as both a US Army attack helicopter pilot and a Boeing 757 International Captain for Northwest Airlines; Dave has spent most of the last few years piloting US Department of Defense special mission aircraft in the “Sandbox”. With a unique perspective on the world that comes from thousands of hours at 41,000 feet, his ability to explain complex aviation question in simple terms has earned him guest commentator spots on most major TV and radio networks.