One year after New Life Church attack was stopped

The Associated Press has this story:

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — After a year of accolades that followed her shooting of a gunman who killed two teenage sisters at her church, security guard Jeanne Assam remains "low key" and says she thinks of the family of gunman Matthew Murray. . . .

Assam shot and wounded Murray after he opened fire at New Life Church on Dec. 9, 2007. Murray then killed himself, ending a spree that killed four people in two cities.

Assam said volunteering as an armed security guard at the church remains the highlight of her week.

In the year since the shooting, Assam said, she has received an award from a Second Amendment group, as well as other accolades that include a resolution in the state Legislature. She also met President George W. Bush.

"I don't feel bad about what I had to do," she said. "I'm sad that people died. ... I wouldn't hesitate to do it again. It still feels a little surreal for me for some reason."

Murray began his shooting spree at the Youth With a Mission center in the Denver suburb of Arvada just after midnight Dec. 9. There, he killed Tiffany Johnson, 26, and Philip Crouse, 24.

Hours later, he drove 65 miles south to New Life Church in Colorado Springs and began shooting as worshippers left a Sunday service. Sisters Rachel Works, 16, and Stephanie Works, 18, were killed. A memorial that includes a stone bench and two blue spruce pine trees will be dedicated on Tuesday, the one-year anniversary. . . . .

Wearing a trench coat and carrying an assault rifle [sic], Murray opened fire in the church complex's parking lot and headed into the church. He walked past a playground, which church spokeswoman Amie Streater said was empty that day because it had been snowing, and entered a hallway that led toward the sanctuary past a children's worship area.

Outgunned and stationed near the children, Assam stepped out from a doorway, confronted the gunman and then fired 10 shots from 63 feet away, hitting Murray once in the wrist and twice in a leg. Murray died in the hallway barely 40 feet from where he entered. . . . .

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Blogger Hyunchback said...

Her bravery that day should stand as a shining beacon.

How might the Mumbai attacks have been different had a Jeanne Assam been among the intended victims?

It is not by coincidence that the vast majority of multiple victim public shooters choose to carry out their attacks in places where guns are banned. I would have put money on Matthew Murray believing that Colorado law prohibited concealed carry in church.

We know that Virginia Tech was PROUD to declare their staff and students as victims. Cho the Coward was given a promise that no one would be armed except him.

Same for Harris and Kliebold and other school shooters.

To decrease multiple victim public shootings the obvious fix is to allow citizens to carry concealed and open without undue burden.

For the record my personal definition of undue burden is any interference by the state in a citizen's choice of arms or carrying of arms.

12/21/2008 11:48 PM  

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