The Hawaii Capitol has never been the scene of a shooter running amok, although there have been incidents of white powder arriving in the mail (turned out to be sugar), suspicious bags left unattended and telephone threats.
But with reports on the mainland of gunmen firing indiscriminately in schools, movie theaters and other public places, state officials say it’s time to prepare for the worst.
The Honolulu Police Department is offering two sessions on “active shooter” preparedness this month for the hundreds of people who work at the Capitol.
It marks the first time such training has been offered for those in the heart of state government, according to Paulette Abe, chamber coordinator of the House Sergeant-at-Arms Office.
Hawaii is following a national trend of preparing for the unlikely event of an active shooter. With stories in recent years of lone gunmen walking into movie theaters, schools and other public places to kill people at random, there has been a wave of training offered throughout the country.
“We are fairly isolated but that doesn’t mean we aren’t susceptible to these types of attacks,” said state Sen. Will Espero, who chairs the Public Safety Committee.
“Considering the state of the world and the type of situation we’re in at the
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