Concealed carry people stopping crime: Some more cases that I had previous missed from the last four months


-- Something from the recent Portland Mall Shooting (from Investors Business Daily):
Before the tragedy in Connecticut, a shooter at an Oregon shopping mall was stopped by an armed citizen with a concealed carry permit who refused to be a victim, preventing another mass tragedy.
In the target-rich environment of the Clackamas Town Center two weeks before Christmas, the shooter managed to kill only two people before killing himself. A far worse tragedy was prevented when he was confronted by a hero named Nick Meli.
As the shooter was having difficulty with his weapon, Meli pulled his and took aim, reluctant to fire lest an innocent bystander be hit. But he didn't have to pull the trigger: The shooter fled when confronted, ending his own life before it could be done for him.
We will never know how many lives were saved by an armed citizen that day. . . .
Another version of the Portland Mall Shooting here:
While reports of Tuesday's shooting at the Clackamas Town Center Mall in Oregon, dominated the national media, until Friday's horrific shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut, one very important detail has been repeatedly (and intentionally) left out of the MSM's coverage.
The shooter, Jacob Tyler Roberts, was confronted with an armed citizen, at which time he ran away and shot himself. By the time police arrived on the scene, Roberts was already dead. . . .

-- Arizona man stops robbery.

-- Here is another case from August:
A 43-year-old man was arrested Tuesday afternoon for threatening people after asking for cigarettes, according to Kitsap County sheriff's reports.
Deputies were called to the 1900 block of Pioneer Lane SE around 3 p.m. for a report that the man had yelled at two people who hadn't given him cigarettes. He had taken off his shirt to fight one man.
The man he challenged, however, had a valid concealed pistol license and drew his weapon, and the 43-year-old made threats he'd return there and "shoot the place up," deputies wrote.
Deputies arrived and searched for the suspect, not finding him at first. Deputies said he "suddenly came running out of a nearby apartment with his hands out in front of him" and yelled "freeze." He was holding a "shiny metallic object" that spurred deputies to draw their guns and take cover. . . .

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Blogger RobUK said...

What I find frightening is how number-blind people are and how unwilling they are to look more deeply.

In New Orleans, in 2010 the murder + non-negligent manslaughter rate was 72.8 per 100,000. More than 70x some other cities of similar size. Why?

In the US, the non-gun homicide rate is 8x that of the UK. Clearly, the US is a different and more dangerous place, yet too many people willingly compare apples to oranges, without any sophistication.

What matters now is not where you are, but where you are going to go. In that regard, the figures on the impact of restrictive laws in other countries and the US are compelling and worrying, and certainly require close scrutiny and public attention.

Why people assume this mass-media debate is a simple two-sided affair is beyond me.
Ideally, the US will gradually become less murderous, but with such an obviously wide range of influences, changes in the important role of gun laws should not be experimental and need the utmost caution. In particular, this extends to how the target and method of choice of the determined killer may be influenced in future.

This is not something to get wrong, yet the knee-jerk and irrational calls for immediate change at this time demonstrates the way the mass-media rules society today and how politicians bow down to it.

Politicians will have no compunction about experimenting with people's lives especially if it makes their lives easier or takes the spotlight from genuinely more serious issues (obesity, diabetes, accidental death, even flu, which are responsible for thousands and thousands of times more avoidable deaths).

I hope that this debate manages to run its full course, and some more measured management of the discussion surfaces in the mass media.

Rob (UK).

P.S. For those reading, the bold highlighting is by me, using HTML tags, not anyone else.

12/20/2012 12:57 PM  

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