Thursday, September 19, 2013

Using guns to stop bad guys with guns

In the wake of the Navy Yard mass shooting murders -- in a gun-free zone, by the way --, it seems appropriate to link to this BuzzFeed article highlighting nine mass/potential mass shooting brought to a halt by someone involved carrying and using a firearm.  Here's the first, The Pearl High School shooting:
Oct. 1, 1997
Luke Woodham fatally stabbed and bludgeoned his mother and went on to kill two students and injure seven others at his high school. Woodham was stopped by Assistant Principal Joel Myrick, a U.S. Army Reserve commander, who detained Woodham by using a .45 caliber semi-automatic pistol he kept in his truck, until authorities could show up.  Myrick stopped Woodham from going across the street to the middle school.
Almost all of these were big-time news stories when they happened; what is rarely discussed by the media and gun control advocates is the massive number of yearly prevented/stopped criminal actions that can be attributed to the presence of firearms.