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New DPS chief says state plans to head off mass shootings

Posted September 18, 2013

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— A week into his new job heading up the state's Department of Public Safety, Frank Perry is already confronting the potential of a mass shooting similar to one that left 13 people dead in Washington, D.C., on Monday.

"The most difficult cases for law enforcement to address are probably active-shooter cases," said Perry, a former FBI agent.

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He said he has brought and will continue to bring law enforcement agencies together to brainstorm ways to prevent such tragedies.

"We can't police every person and capture every package and prevent every weapon from being brought into a place, but certainly we can be better at it," he said.

One of the most important parts of preventing violence is agencies sharing information about individuals who may pose threats, he said.

Perry pointed to the state's Center for Safer Schools, which is training school staff members how to spot red flags, as an example of a violence prevention program that's working.

"(We're) looking for small behaviors on campus or within the classroom that might lead to a problem," he said. "(We want) to try to prevent and intervene before there is a need for crisis response."

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  • Offshore Sep 20, 2013

    waiting in line at Staples and get gunned down by a concealed permit gunowner rummaging through a pocket book. Is that what youare talking about hockey?
    Mr. Middle of the Road

    Seriously? This is the typical liberal hog wash the gov't is force feeding via the news media. Get real, show some serious stats and stop sitting around dreaming up this stuff.

  • dollibug Sep 20, 2013

    It is quite interesting that with all of the information that has been revealed about the NSA....things still happen. There is NO WAY anyone can *control what happens*....law enforcement is good when the crime is over....they come in and *decide* what happened and who is guilty and then PROCEED to have people indicted....nevermind making sure they cross all the t's and dot all the i's....just get a conviction and move on. There is a lot of *CORRUPTION AND COVER UP* and perhaps this needs to be addressed FIRST.

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 19, 2013

    "No, what the leftist anti-gun types want is unarmed, hapless victims that their crazed perpetual underclass can kill off at will. HockeyPlayerX"

    Boo! (ducks waiting for the hail of bullets to subside).
    jonstewartrules

    I think he means while those hapless unarmed citizens are waiting in line at Staples and get gunned down by a concealed permit gunowner rummaging through a pocket book. Is that what youare talking about hockey?

  • Mr. Middle of the Road Sep 19, 2013

    Wouldn't it be funny if his blue ribbon commission actually recommended a ban on assault weapons? Ole Frank would hemmorage before he published those findings.

  • epee131 Sep 19, 2013

    These forums are great. Everyone has already made up their mind so other than your First Amendment right, why bother? Regardless of the evidence brought forward for either side, the other side just wont care. Facts be damned. Very rarely does anyone ever stop a crime as a private citizen. It happens, but its rare. There are no documented cases of concealed carry permit holders committing a gun crime. Never caught? Hmmm who knows. We know cops have shot at people they shouldnt (Charlotte recently, Katrina) have and clearly criminals have done it. See, not much leeway on this. Some of us want the option and others believe that allowing you the option threatens them. What do you do with that?

  • jonstewartrules Sep 19, 2013

    Why no 478 right wing comments on here about the Gubmint takin away their guns? You'd have thought that would be the FIRST thing that came to mind when a political appointee starts talking about preventing mass shootings. But I suppose, since this is a RIGHT WING appointee, then it's perfectly okay?

  • jonstewartrules Sep 19, 2013

    "No, what the leftist anti-gun types want is unarmed, hapless victims that their crazed perpetual underclass can kill off at will. HockeyPlayerX"

    Boo! (ducks waiting for the hail of bullets to subside).

  • Vote for Pedro Sep 19, 2013

    Yeah, and when police or armed guards shoot someone that is threatening others with a gun, the left will complain and say that cops are "trigger happy" and "unqualified". No, what the leftist anti-gun types want is unarmed, hapless victims that their crazed perpetual underclass can kill off at will.
    HockeyPlayerX

    Paranoid much? Two stories from the past two days:
    Unamed man shot 10 times by cop...this is bad, should not have happened, cop should be held accountable.
    Armed man threatening suicide points gun at cops and gets shot, what he expected and wanted, cops should not be held responsible for that outcome.

  • HockeyPlayerX Sep 19, 2013

    Yeah, and when police or armed guards shoot someone that is threatening others with a gun, the left will complain and say that cops are "trigger happy" and "unqualified". No, what the leftist anti-gun types want is unarmed, hapless victims that their crazed perpetual underclass can kill off at will.

  • jonstewartrules Sep 19, 2013

    I'm going to go with the NRA here and support EVERY AMERICAN having the right to own a firearm. And who needs them MOST for self protection? The ones most likely to DIE of gun violence. Young African American Males. We need to get as many guns into their hands as possible for their own protection. If more Americans had access to weapons, we'd be much safer. And what group is more deserving of being safe than the one with the most violence perpetrated upon them? Let's save young black males by providing them all with low-cost guns and ammunition. After all, the NRA promotes itself as the nation's oldest "Civil Rights Organization". (I have blatantly used that great YouTube video of the "Black NRA", but the truth is the truth. ) We simply cannot limit gun ownership to those we want. It's a 2nd Amendment RIGHT of EVERY AMERICAN to own a gun! Who's with me? Let's get EVERYONE ARMED & PROTECTED!

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