Holder Urges Congress to Approve $15M for 'Active Shooter Training'

By Susan Jones | April 15, 2014 | 11:03 AM EDT

Attorney General Eric Holder appears on Capitol Hill on Jan. 29, 2014. (AP File Photo)

(CNSNews.com) - Attorney General Eric Holder on Tuesday asked Congress to approve another $15 million to help law enforcement officers deal with shooting rampages. The request is included in President Obama's Fiscal Year 20015 budget request, which has no chance of passing Congress.

"We must deal with these incidents whenever the happen, but just as importantly, we must prevent them whenever we can," Holder said in a videotaped message on the Justice Department's website.

"This critical funding would help the Justice Department ensure that America's police officers have the tools and the guidance that they need to effectively respond to active shooter incidents whenever and wherever they arise," he said.

Holder called shooting rampages "an urgent and growing threat," and he specifically mentioned the shooting earlier this month at Fort Hood and the one over the weekend at a Jewish Community Center near Kansas City. He said such incidents are "all too common" and have become "increasingly deadly."

"As a nation, we must confront this alarming rise and all of its underlying causes, honestly, factually, and without regard for political consequences."

Holder said the first patrol officers on the scene of shooting rampages must have the "best equipment and the most up-to-date training to confront these situations, to stop active shooters in their tracks, to protect themselves and to save innocent lives."