I was told that the library does indeed have an emergency policy. Unfortunately, it seems all emergencies are to be treated like tornadoes. The library director actually said that we were to stay away from the windows in the event of a shooting. She also said that according to the handbook, we are supposed to dial 911, report the incident and stay on the line with the dispatcher. I was also told that it is our duty to help guide the library patrons in our section to safety.
I normally try not to swear in my blog, but...WHAT. THE. FUCK? These policies might be all well and good for her in the event of a shooting, hiding out in her back office as she usually does - but the rest of us? We, the underpaid and underappreciated? Out here in the public (otherwise known as the fucking direct line of fire)? We're supposed to try herding panicked patrons while we dial 911...all while some crazy fuck is shooting at us. Okay, sure. Great fucking plan. (My personal plan in the event of a shooting: I am running in a zigzag as fast as I can to the exit furthest from the shooter - and if some poor bastard is too slow and can't keep up with a one-legged, kind of out of shape librarian, well, then...that's just culling the herd.)
This was the best she could come up with before starting in on her diatribe about Homeland Security taking away our freedoms and not keeping us safe from homegrown terrorists. I (politely) asked,"And how would Homeland Security keep us safe from someone coming into the library with a gun?"
Her answer? Typical liberal head-up-your-fucking-ass-pie-in-the-sky bullshit:
Yep. Really. This was quickly followed by:
"They need to start by taking away all the guns."
"As much as I hate government interference..."
Mmmhmm. Sure she does.
(I have a headache now, thankyouverymuch. But go read my little cannon history lesson one post back, that's fun.)