Local bar says having gun on hand could protect patrons from active shooter
YAKIMA, Wash. -- According to reports, at least a dozen people are dead and a dozen more injured after a former marine opened fire at the Borderline Bar and Grill in Thousand Oaks, California, on a busy Wednesday night.
Police say Ian David Long, the lone gunman, also died at the scene, of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Nathan Koleman, manager of Sports Center, says if a shooter were to wreak havoc at his Yakima Avenue bar, he’s not sure what he could do.
"Honestly, we haven’t really come up with any real solutions. I don’t know if there is, other than ‘run for your life,'" said Koleman.
Koleman says Sports Center doesn’t have armed security, or anyone checking bags or patting people down for weapons, but on the weekends, they do have someone checking ID’s at the door.
He points out that guns aren’t allowed in Washington state bars, so they have no way to arm or defend themselves if an active shooter situation were to arise.
But, he believes guns may be the answer, if bar staff were ever confronted with a gunman.
"If they were properly trained, it may not be a terrible idea. By no means, advocating for gun rights or anything like that. I’m just saying that’s the only real way that I can see something like that being deterred," said Koleman
With another mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue less than two weeks ago, local Daniel Baeza says all this violence has made him a little paranoid.
He says when he’s in a crowd, the first thing he thinks of is how to escape.
"Exit signs. Especially, how to get out of some situations. If it’s a safe area," said Baeza.
But, local Adolfo Gutierrez says people shouldn’t let these shootings keep them from living their lives.
"I usually go with the mindset of ‘I’m gonna go out to have fun,’ and I don’t want to be feeling like I need to be concerned about that, because I think if I did put myself in the mindset, I probably just wouldn’t go out," he said.