A Sarasota mosque recently underwent active shooter training under the theory that places of worship are only holy to the faithful.
Let’s start by getting out of the way that the most obvious and effective plan of protection was never even mentioned – an ominous sign of what’s about to come when citizens are stripped of their Second Amendment rights.
Watch the clip, via CBS 10 News.
“We think about it that way, but for somebody who wants to hurt somebody, for him, it’s not a holy place,” said Noureddiae, a member of the Islamic Society of Sarasota-Bradenton, according to Tampa Bay/Sarasota CBS affiliate 10 News.
Nezar Hamze demonstrated that in the back of the prayer room by pulling out two blue fake guns and “fired” them, shouting “I’m shooting.” For more than a minute no one moved.
“Unfortunately this is exactly what is happening everywhere. People are just not prepared,” said Hamze, who was hired by the Florida chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations to travel the state conducting active shooter training.
“We need to make sure that the communities are trained and have a plan to deal with active shooters,” Hamze added. “Everyone in this country has to wake up. I think the entire country needs to get out of the victim mentality [because] it’s happening everywhere.”
And he said in any such situation, run first, and hide if you’re able — but if you have to, fight back.
“You need to be thinking about these things. If you choose to fight, you need to realize you are probably sacrificing your life,” Hamze said.
That course of action is remarkably similar to that offered by Washington, D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier on a recent airing of CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
“Your options are run, hide, or fight,” Lanier told interviewer Anderson Cooper. “If you’re in a position to try and take the gunman down, to take the gunman out, it’s the best option for saving lives before police can get there.”
CBS 10 News reported:
Hamze also is helping the mosque with prevention techniques and also helping the leaders apply for grants given by Homeland Security to religious institutions to beef up their own security.
Hamze says he offers his training to anyone, and has already been asked to go into two synagogues and a church.
“They don’t have to be scared, they can have a plan and they can deal with anything that comes at them as long as they prepare,” Hamze told the station.
There’s nothing wrong with training and preparedness. Still, when’s the last time we heard of a mosque being shot up by ac radical Christian or Jew? This could be perceived as another attempt by CAIR to draw attention to the plight — either real or invented — of the poor Muslims.
Still, not a peep about good guys with guns.
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