Hard Targets Work

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On Friday, April 2, 2021, a perpetrator rammed a vehicle into two United States Capitol Police Officers at a security barricade outside the U.S. Capitol Building and then emerged from the vehicle wielding a knife. The perpetrator was shot by police and later died at a hospital.

Some would say, well, being a hard target (probably now one of the hardest in the country) didn’t stop a perpetrator from committing a dreadful deed.

But it did.

The very things that make targets hard stopped that perpetrator. A security barricade, armed law enforcement officers, and probably other measures, stopped that perpetrator’s vehicle and him dead in their tracks.

Security measures, first and foremost, are designed as deterrents, to prevent bad things from happening. But when people are hell-bent to do harm, as an increasing number of individuals are, security measures are intended to stop them.

And that’s exactly what they did at the U.S. Capitol on Friday, April 2, 2021.

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