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Saturday, December 22, 2012

How to Act When the Culture has become the Wild West

I received this email today and, being a skeptic about these types of things, I checked them out. It's absolutely on target and I've linked to articles about the events. These are examples of incidents where citizens with guns prevented greater tragedy. Guns save lives! But if you don't have one, what do you do? Run, hide, fight according to the video at the end. My comments are in red.
Why don't we hear more about these public shootings?
A 1997 high school shooting in Pearl, Miss., was halted by the school's vice principal after he retrieved the Colt .45 he kept in his truck.
A 1998 middle school shooting ended when a man living next door heard gunfire and apprehended the shooter with his shotgun.
A 2002 terrorist attack at an Israeli school was quickly stopped by an armed teacher and a school guard.
A 2002 law school shooting in Grundy, Va., came to an abrupt conclusion when students carrying firearms confronted the shooter.
A 2007 (sic - correct year 2009) mall shooting in Ogden, Utah, ended when an armed off-duty police officer intervened.
A 2009 workplace shooting in Houston, Texas, (sic - this actually involved a bow and arrow attack and a fake handgun) was halted by two coworkers who carried concealed handguns.
A 2012 church shooting in Aurora, Colo., was stopped by a member of the congregation carrying a gun. Can you imagine how many people would have been killed if that person hadn't been armed. Look around your church on Sunday and think about an armed invasion by a gunman. 
At the recent mall shooting in Portland, Ore., the gunman took his own life minutes after being confronted by a shopper carrying a concealed weapon. (Mainstream media ignored the impact of this heroic young man's actions. He never fired a shot, but his resistance may very well have instigated the shooter's suicide. Where are the media accolades for his quick action and courageous defense of others?)

Why haven't most of you heard of these? The answer is simple. Mainstream media, radical idiots like Bloomberg don't dare make heroes of armed citizens because it CRUSHES every weak, pathetic argument they raise.
Here's a video developed to help people respond to workplace violence. It offers good tips for anyone in a crisis situation where a gunman starts opening fire. If I were in a store I'd head for the back away from the shots and look for an employee or delivery exit. Actually, it might be a good idea to check out the stores you frequent often so you know how they are laid out and how to get out fast.


Anonymous said...

I just don't understand how you can be pro-life and pro-gun. Your comment that "guns save lives" is an oxymoron of the first degree. You can't prevent violence with more violence.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

My brother is a policeman. He saved plenty of lives when he was serving actively and he wore a gun and used it if he had to. He told me he never had to kill anyone, thank God.

But sometimes saving lives means taking the life of an unjust aggressor if it's the only way to stop him. If someone were attacking your child or grandchild would you just stand there and watch? Wouldn't you use whatever was at hand that could be a weapon? Should we also ban knives and baseball bats? A gun is a tool. It can be misused just like a fireplace poker can.

As for saying that "guns save lives is an oxymoron" I think that's a ridiculous statement. If it were true, we would disarm all our police officers, National Guard, and military. Why do you think they carry guns? Isn't it to protect the country from outside aggression and communities from criminals? Do guns suddenly become evil when they are in the hands of a citizen under attack in his home?

Read this article and tell me what you think would have happened to this terrified little 12-year-old if she hadn't had the gun? Abducted? Raped? Murdered? Thank God her mom had a gun is all I can say!

Restore-DC-Catholicism said...

Anonymous, you don't understand the definition of violence. Simply put, it is the unjust use of force - with the operative word being "unjust". Not all uses of force constitute violence; self-defense is a prime example. As Mary Ann said, the responsible, just use of force often does prevent actual violence.

Don't feel bad; some of our clergy have the same confusion. I posted about one of their brain-farts this past week when one of them referred to the presence of police as "more violence". In doing so, he slapped in the face each and every police officer who risks his/her life to keep him safe.

Anonymous said...

So why then do we give people the right to commit unjust murder when we say to them its okay to own a gun? It is an oxymoron if you can read and understand words because you can only stop gun violence with a gun, you can't prevent gun violence with a gun, if that were the case none of the people on that list would have died. But sadly owning a gun and using it on murderous people just isn't enough. I'm just sick that so many innocent people have to die because ignorant people can't understand this underlying concept. Laws are what make a society civil, lets pass a couple making it tougher to own a gun and this will happen a lot less.

Anonymous said...

Hello! To the other Anonymous, come back to the real world would you please. Violence is never going to end in this world -- that is a given and fact of life. We have to deal with it the best we can, including using a knife on someone who is going to rape your wife or murder your children or husband. Heaven is the only place that "the lion is going to lay down truly with the lamb". Get use to it please. We are all going to die, one way or the other, some time some where. Prepare for it by living as good a life as best you can, but not defending others with what you call "violence" when you can IS a dereliction of duty if one is a Catholic. We ARE obligated to protect the innocent the best way we can.

Anonymous said...

Pencils don't misspell words; forks and spoons don't make us fat; and guns don't kill people.

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Well said, Anonymous at 4:35 and 8:32. Thank you!