Don Challis, chief of police at the College of William and Mary, traveled to Richmond Wednesday to express his opposition to a proposed bill prohibiting colleges from banning weapons on campus. Challis said he doubted that in a Virginia Tech sort of emergency, “a person who rarely, if ever, shoots a weapon is going to be any kind of positive factor.” (Source: WaPo)
You mean, like the Campus Police officers on the scene? Or, maybe, the Blacksburg Police Department? Or, maybe, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office?
If these departments are anything like the average department in the nation, the officers might shoot 100-200 rounds per year during annual re-qualification.
My friends would call that a good warm-up at the range. Every one of my friends who has a carry permit practices regularly, and expends several hundred rounds per session.
I know a few LEO's, too. They don't practice often. Mostly, their gun is part of their uniform. A symbol of authority. The answer of last resort.
Final thought, Chief Challis: When seconds count, how many minutes away are you? Would you rather have unarmed people facing an active shooter, or would you rather that the shooter was rendered inactive before you had a tragedy on your hands?
Based on your response above, it sounds like you would rather have an active shooter. It would give you a chance to get your face on TV after all. Might help your law enforcement career, too. Make sure that they spell your name right.