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'You Confront the Shooter Directly': Fox News Guest Blames Shooting Victims for Not Charging into Line of Fire

Fox News would evidently rather discuss this than how to prevent shootings in the first place.

On Thursday, Americans woke up to the news of another horrific mass shooting at a dance bar in Thousand Oaks, California, which has left at least a dozen dead.

Before the dust had even settled, Fox News was discussing possible solutions to shootings. But nothing to do with regulating how guns are sold — rather, said NYPD Lieutenant Darrin Porcher the victims of a mass shooting should just charge the shooter.

"Anyone who's a patron in these types of establishments, there's two focuses," said Porcher. "One I've heard: Run, hide and dial 911. That's one aspect, but there’s another aspect whereas you confront the shooter directly. And we've seen a lot of success with confronting the shooter directly, don't forget what happened with the 9/11 hijackers in Pennsylvania, for example. There's so many people at that location, if they converge on the shooter, it'll stop them."

"Granted, someone may get shot," said Porcher. "But the truth of the matter is this will decrease the carnage far greater than if you look to run, hide, and dial 911."

Porcher's example of the United Airlines Flight 93 hijacking is a poor one, given that everyone onboard that flight died.

That said, there are certainly cases in which groups of people, or even a single person, lunged at a shooter and disarmed them. But having everyone put themselves in the line of fire seems like a much worse solution than just making it harder for dangerous people to buy guns.

The Thousand Oaks shooting comes not quite two weeks after the deadly neo-Nazi shooting at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh that killed 11 worshipers.

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Matthew Chapman is a video game designer, science fiction author, and political reporter from Austin, TX. Follow him on Twitter @fawfulfan.