Bismarck Woman Concerned City Not Prepared to Handle Mass Shooting

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Despite all the calls for gun restrictions, including President Obama, a Bismarck woman says getting rid of guns isn't the answer.

However, she still worries that first responders in Bismarck and any other part of the state are not prepared to handle a mass shooting situation.

The woman wishes to remain anonymous because she's afraid an attack could happen here.

In minutes, first responders were on the scene in San Bernardino, Calif., where 14 people died and 20 were injured in a mass shooting that's affected the whole nation.

"I don't want to accept that this is our world we're living in," said a concerned Bismarck citizen.

She says even North Dakota has changed.

On Oct. 12, an armed man barricaded himself in a Bismarck home for more than 15 hours. West Dakota Swat Team and a Division from Minot were called in.

"We don't have time for that if something like this were to happen," the woman said.

"It's not that we can't handle it. It's just that we don't have enough people to handle it for long protracted periods like that," said Sgt. Mark Buschena, Bismarck Police Department.

Buschena says officers are constantly being trained and once a year the schools, hospitals and hundreds of law enforcement get together to practice active situations.

But some are still afraid that's not enough.

"We have seen things where people are nervous to go for a walk even during the daylight. I personally have a concealed weapons permit. There's nothing wrong with that as long as those weapons are getting in good people's hands," the woman said.

But during an active shooter situation, Buschena says armed citizens could cause more chaos.

"If your not at the scene we certainly do not want other people showing up with firearms," Buschena said.

He says let the trained professionals do their jobs.

"Even though this can happen anytime, anywhere, we want people to realize we're prepared for the worst," Buschena said.

Buschena says people should remain vigilant and if they see something don't hesitate to report it.

More North Dakotans are carrying weapons. The Attorney General's office says the number of Concealed Weapon Licenses increased by 48 percent in the past two years with more than 38,000 people having them.