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August 1, 2014

Why the Security State Can’t Stop a Lone Gunman

Lydia DePillis notes that while “the Navy has been anything but lax about security issues” over the last decade, “the type of lone shooter who attacked the Navy Yard and Fort Hood, especially an insider who doesn’t need to break in, is still among the hardest kind of threat to protect against.”

“The federal anti-terrorism standards still focus strongly on maximizing standoff distance and preventing building collapse as the most economical way to protect people against attacks, but that doesn’t do much good when a gunman’s already inside the building.”

“Sometimes, though, there just aren’t any warning signs. For that, it’s almost impossible to prepare.”

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