Disclaimer: The title is intentionally sensationalist, and obviously the shooter bears the responsibility for what happened, but bear with me.
Very recently, we’ve had two tragic shootings perpetrated by two sick individuals: The Oregon Mall Shooting and the Sandy Hook School Shooting. Combining the information from Nota’s thread and the info from another piece of news I heard this afternoon, something struck me.
A subtle line about the principal’s actions at Sandy Hook really flips on the light bulb:
“A lot of children are alive today because of actions the teachers took,” School Superintendent Janet Robinson told NBC’s TODAY show on Saturday, a day after a gunman killed 20 children and six adults at the K-4th grade school in Newtown, Conn.
Principal Dawn Hochsprung and school psychologist Mary Sherlach, both among those killed, were said to have run toward the gunfire as it broke out, with Hochsprung lunging at the gunman, according to town officials.
Hochsprung was coming out of a meeting when she confronted the shooter, Board of Education chairwoman Debbie Liedlien said Saturday.
Jeff Capeci, chairman of Newtown’s Legislative Council, said Hochsprung’s actions were nothing short of heroic. “From what we know, it’s hard to classify her as anything else,” he added.
Do you get that? The principal clearly had the guts to charge into gunfire to protect her charges. More shocking was the fact that she was forced to charge into gunfire to try to stop him; if she had a handgun in her possession, it’s reasonable to assume that she would still be alive today, and the killer neutralized long before the body count had gotten so high.
If you want some anecdotal evidence to show how this works, look no further than Nota’s thread, and the link therein:
That’s right… even though Nick never fired a shot, Roberts knew that he was no longer the only armed man in the mall. Roberts retreated into the stairwell, cleared his weapons malfunction and committed suicide rather than continue attacking and killing any more innocent civilians.
So… a choice is presented:
1) Enable concealed carry and be able to end evil?
2) Disallow defensive carry and render law abiding citizens defenseless when evil rears its head?
Choice seems clear to me.