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Local law enforcement react to mass shootings

Undersheriff Joe Lisi reacts to Saturday's mass shootings. He explains how the Oneida County Sheriff's department trains for these situations consistently.

Posted: Aug 4, 2019 6:30 PM
Updated: Aug 4, 2019 7:57 PM

ORISKANY, N.Y -- The horrible thought of a mass shooting happening here in Oneida County is on the minds of local law enforcement.

Under Sheriff, Joe Lisi with the Oneida County Sheriff's department sat down with NEWSChannel 2 to discuss how Oneida County is prepared. 

He said that constant training could be the difference between life and death.

"We have ongoing training in all of these different disciplines to prepare for something of this sort and god forbid it happens and we hope it never happens,"

"If you can mitigate the threat within a matter of minutes then there is likely to be a less amount of casualties. But it doesn't take long for the activities or carnage to take place with the weapons that these people have or have access to," said Lisi.

These types of incidents are very hard to prevent. But the Under Sheriff said there are warning signs that people should look out for. The shooter in El Paso Texas may have written a hate-filled manifesto on social media before committing the act.

"If something comes to light that makes somebody pause and makes them think that the individual posting these things could be dangerous or they know of a person with a lot of weapons that's not acting rationally. But there are people that tend to post things or cause people to be afraid, those are the things we need to know about," said Lisi.

The long guns used in Saturday's murders have been at the forefront of controversy across the country.

But Lisi said that the guns are not the problem.

"I think if a law-abiding citizen has a weapon or gun and abide by the laws, I have no problem with that. Those people are not the problem. It's the people that purchase these guns that don't follow the rules, that don't abide by the guidelines, those people are our problem. The weapons that are in the hands of an unstable person are the problem, not a law-abiding citizen," said Lisi.

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