On the response side, there’s a lot that citizens could do. Many have suggested encouraging people who are licensed to carry guns to do so, and it’s certainly true that armed individuals working for El Al, rather than a law enforcement agency, stopped Mohammed Hadayet‘s Los Angeles International Airport shooting spree almost as soon as it started. Armed citizens, especially if trained in what to look for, could be a very valuable last line of defense against terrorism. In almost every instance of terrorism, the true first responders will be the people already on the scene. And, as Flight 93‘s passengers reminded us, that response can be decisive.
Glenn Reynolds, “American Dunkirk” (13 November 2002).
[In case you’re not familiar with the reference of the title, see this article about the spontaneous volunteer evacuation in the aftermath of 9/11.]