Is state prepared for mass shooting on ferry?

The recent arrest of a 32-year-old man on one of our ferriess for having a concealed AR 15, brings up questions I pursued during research for a book idea a number of years ago (“Man arrested for carrying semi-automatic rifle on Mukitelo ferry,” The Herald, May 28).

How will riders be protected from a terrorist attack on one of those boats? Or more likely, what kind of a response would staff provide for an active shooter event? Of course Washington State Ferries used the Homeland Security concerns for not releasing their training details, but one wonders, are they equipped and trained in effectively stopping someone who is actively shooting passengers while it’s on one of their routes? What are the odds of another passenger having a concealed weapon themself and the wherewithal to run toward the threat?

Simply counting on a response from a shore-based law enforcement would only guarantee mass casualties. In these times proper preparation for such an event is an unfortunate necessity.

Todd Olmsted-Fredrickson

Monroe

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