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9 times good guys with guns stopped potential mass shootings
Law professor Eugene Volokh points out that statistics on mass shootings that were prevented by good guys with guns are a tad sketchy, largely because most mass shootings happen in so-called “gun free zones” where law-abiding civilians aren’t allowed to carry protection. That being said, he’s compiled a fantastic list of situation in which an armed civilian with a gun saved the day…
1. In Chicago earlier this year, an Uber driver with a concealed-carry permit “shot and wounded a gunman [Everardo Custodio] who opened fire on a crowd of people.”
2. In a Philadelphia barber shop earlier this year, Warren Edwards “opened fire on customers and barbers” after an argument. Another man with a concealed-carry permit then shot the shooter; of course it’s impossible to tell whether the shooter would have kept killing if he hadn’t been stopped, but a police captain was quoted as saying that, “I guess he [the man who shot the shooter] saved a lot of people in there.”
3. In a hospital near Philadelphia, in 2014, Richard Plotts shot and killed the psychiatric caseworker with whom he was meeting, and shot and wounded his psychiatrist, Lee Silverman. Silverman shot back, and took down Plotts. While again it’s not certain whether Plotts would have killed other people, Delaware County D.A. Jack Whelan stated that, “If the doctor did not have a firearm, (and) the doctor did not utilize the firearm, he’d be dead today, and I believe that other people in that facility would also be dead”; Yeadon Police Chief Donald Molineux similar said that he “believe[d] the doctor saved lives.” Plotts was still carrying 39 unspent rounds when he was arrested. [UPDATE: I added this item since the original post.]
4. In Plymouth, Pa., in 2012, William Allabaugh killed one man and wounded another following an argument over Allabaugh being ejected from a bar. Allabaugh then approached a bar manager and Mark Ktytor and reportedly pointed his gun at them; Ktytor, who had a concealed-carry license, then shot Allabaugh. “The video footage and the evidence reveals that Mr. Allabaugh had turned around and was reapproaching the bar. Mr. [Ktytor] then acted, taking him down. We believe that it could have been much worse that night,” Luzerne County A.D.A. Jarrett Ferentino said.
5. Near Spartanburg, S.C., in 2012, Jesse Gates went to his church armed with a shotgun and kicked in a door. But Aaron Guyton, who had a concealed-carry license, drew his gun and pointed it at Gates, and other parishioners then disarmed Gates. Note that in this instance, unlike the others, it’s possible that the criminal wasn’t planning on killing anyone, but just brought the shotgun to church and kicked in the door to draw attention to himself or vent his frustration.
6. In Winnemucca, Nev., in 2008, Ernesto Villagomez killed two people and wounded two others in a bar filled with 300 people. He was then shot and killed by a patron who was carrying a gun (and had a concealed-carry license). It’s not clear whether Villagomez would have killed more people; the killings were apparently the result of a family feud, and I could see no information on whether Villagomez had more names on his list, nor could one tell whether he would have killed more people in trying to evade capture.
7. In Colorado Springs, Colo., in 2007, Matthew Murray killed four people at a church. He was then shot several times by Jeanne Assam, a church member, volunteer security guard and former police officer (she had been dismissed by a police department 10 years before, and to my knowledge hadn’t worked as a police officer since). Murray, knocked down and badly wounded, killed himself; it is again not clear whether he would have killed more people had he not been wounded, but my guess is that he would have (UPDATE: he apparently went to the church with more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition).
8. In Edinboro, Pa., in 1998, 14-year-old Andrew Wurst shot and killed a teacher at a school dance, and shot and injured several other students. He had just left the dance hall, carrying his gun — possibly to attack more people, though the stories that I’ve seen are unclear — when he was confronted by the dance hall owner James Strand, who lived next door and kept a shotgun at home. It’s not clear whether Wurst was planning to kill others, would have gotten into a gun battle with the police, or would have otherwise killed more people had Strand not stopped him.
9. In Pearl, Miss., in 1997, 16-year-old Luke Woodham stabbed and bludgeoned to death his mother at home, then killed two students and injured seven at his high school. As he was leaving the school, he was stopped by Assistant Principal Joel Myrick, who had gone out to get a handgun from his car. I have seen sources that state that Woodham was on the way to Pearl Junior High School to continue shooting, though I couldn’t find any contemporaneous news articles that so state.
Exit question: if you were in an active shooter situation, would you rather A) be surrounded by armed civilians B) be restricted by a “gun free zone” in which the law abiding citizens were required to leave their protection at home?
I keep seeing tweets that say something to the effect of “if your first instinct after the shooting is to defend your guns then you’re part of the problem.”
The truth of the matter is that if your first instinct after a shooting is to call for state violence and the removal of rights from peaceful people then you’re the problem. Because you’d rather nurture our own prejudices instead of becoming privy to the facts.
Do you think that in 3x06, when Hal tried to kill himself, that it was Hal who was in control, or did the bug make him do it?
I always interpreted it as Hal breaking through and making one last ditch effort to protect his family. For months he knew that Karen had done something to him, he just wasn’t sure what. His biggest fear, once he found out what she did, was that he would be used against his family, and the 2nd Mass. He’d been fighting all along, and I think he knew he was starting to lose the battle. He would rather sacrifice himself than hurt anyone he loved and he saw only one way, in that moment, to stop himself.
And now, on that note, I’m going to go drink a bottle of wine and cry myself to sleep…that precious idiot!!! ♥️
Imagine Ben after you kiss him for the first time...
As far as he was concerned, you were dead. You had died in the truck when it was blown up. Little did he, and the rest of 2nd Mass, know - it would take a whole lot more than that to put an end to you. You had just made it to the railing of the bridge when the bomb went off and was thrown into the water. The same water that Ben was swimming out right about then, trying desperately to get to shore. “Ben!” Tom cried out, running to the shore to help his son. “Dad - where is she? where’s y/n?” He gasped, barely breathing after his brisk swim.
Tom’s features fell in realization as he stared up at the bridge, wishing Ben hadn’t looked too, but knowing that the moment his eyes landed on the flaming remnants of the truck that he couldn’t protect his son from this. “No.” Ben murmured under his breath. “No.” He said louder, pushing his way out of his father’s arms and bolting up the shore to the road to get a better look at the wreckage that may have been taring his heart out bit by bit - step by step as he got closer.
“No!” He cried out, every depth of his emotions coming out in the sound. It wasn’t okay that she was gone, he had only just told her that he cared about her as more than a friend. He hadn’t even had time to get any kind of a response. “NO!!” he shrieked at the top of his lungs, his dad standing right behind him and watching on, knowing full well there was nothing he could do to fix it.
That was, of course, until he saw you trudging up the shore to the road, gasping for air and coated in water and mud. Hearing his cries you looked up to the road, eyes landing on the distraught figure of Ben fighting every one of his urges to run to what was left of the truck. Exhausted from swimming so far and crawling through the mud, you slowly struggled your way up the slight incline to the road, coming up behind he and his father and nodding to Tom, who nodded to you - glad you had made it.
“Ben..” you muttered as you grabbed his shoulder, turning him towards you, and through all of your near death experiences today knowing what you wanted to, no, needed to do. “Shut up.” You whispered before pushing up on your toes and pressing your lips to his in a firm and gentle kiss. Lingering and hoping he wasn’t in shock and about to push you away, before pulling back.
“Better.” You shrugged, turning and heading down the road way towards where the remainder of 2nd Mass was.
He stood there before turning, mouth agape in shock as he watched you walk away from him and trying to figure out what had just happened.
“Well…” Tom started, raising a single eyebrow at his son in question. “Can’t say I wasn’t expecting that.”
Note: I started researching gun control statistics truly fearful of what I would find. Deep down I thought “what if guns really do cause more harm than they do good in society?” Now I write this in the hope that someone will read my words and in doing so will be freed from the blinders of the 2nd Amendment controversy and others like it. I would like to withdraw my personal standings from the topic and calmly/logically explain my reasoning.
Everyone seems to agree; Due to the spike in public mass shootings it’s now time to talk about gun control. I find the turmoil intolerably frustrating. This is not the time to talk about gun control. This is the time to look at ourselves as human beings and ask why these unthinkable events unfold. I believe that we can put a stop to public mass shootings but before any progress can be made we must stop fighting, lay emotions aside, and start relentlessly searching for the true reasons why.
When I was a young child around 5 or 6 I witnessed my father trying to slam shut a large toolbox. His rage seething towards this lifeless and unyielding object that defied his will. He soon became overwhelmed and withdrew from his acts of aggregation. I took the opportunity to walk over calmly and inspect the toolbox. My father watched as I felt along the sides of the box and found a small tow-strap that was sticking out ever so slightly in one of the corners. The way the strap stuck out it was almost invisible, however it made closing the toolbox impossible. I pushed the small bit of strap back into its place and gently closed that which my father failed to shut with such conviction and force. He beamed, laughing at his own frustration and then told me something I would never forget, “The difference between someone of normal intelligence and a genius is the person with normal intelligence sees an event unfold and takes it at face value, however the genius sees the same event unfold and asks WHY did that happen.” the truth in his words have served me well throughout my life. It is easy to look at HOW something has happened without truly asking WHY. It’s believed that the “why factor” is what separates us from the apes. You can teach both an ape and a young child to stand two tall blocks on opposite points marked on a table. After the task is preformed successfully multiple times by both the human child and the ape, one of the blocks is replaced with a trick block. This trick block’s base is uneven and no matter how hard either subject tries, it will not stand when placed on the table. The ape will try again and again to stand the block in its proper place. It will continuously stand the block up and watch it fall until it seems to except that the block will never stand. Frustrated or no longer interested the ape leaves the block lying on the table. The young human child, on the other hand, will try to stand the trick block somewhere between 2-5 times before taking a closer look, feeling the edges, and once he/she feels how uneven the bottom of the block is they know that they have been tricked. The ape will except that the block cannot stand where the child asks WHY it cannot. Our minds tell us that something is wrong and reacts with “Why?” instead of continuing to act out our roll in the task set before us.
Age can bring out in us more ape like behavior; acting out our rolls, taking things at face value instead of asking why. Maybe because we feel like we have all the answers. Maybe we feel like we have a handle on the world and HOW it work. See enough blocks not stand and we except that outcome as a fact of life. So why have I gone into this long story? As I stated earlier, unlike most I believe that we can put a stop to mass shootings. We may not be able to stop 1-2 a decade, but the undeniable acceleration of the rate at which these national scares are accruing, twenty years ago, would have been unthinkable. The gun violence problem in the U.S. is a trick block that we can no longer afford to take at face value. Feeling all the edges and fixing the uneven ends to make this block stand is vitally important to the safety of our future generations.
The Causes That Affect:
A lot of gun violence statistics have been tossed around in the last month and a half. The fact that we have more guns per capita in the U.S. than any other developed nation in the world is believed to be the reason that we have a high rate of gun violence. This is not the cause of mass shootings however. The points being made are irrelevant to the issue and hold no bearing on the true problem at hand.
At The End Of My Rope, There Is A Trigger:
“In the U.S. where somewhere between 52-49% of households own guns the number of suicides committed with guns is outrageous, but in Japan where only .01% of households own guns, committing suicide with a gun is unheard of.” This is a quote that I found on an anti-gun blog and without being scrutinized, the point of this quote rings with validity. Suicide is the number one reason for gun deaths in America. In the U.S. an astonishing 53% of suicides are committed with a firearm. Quite the opposite in Japan where gun ownership is almost nonexistent and the number of suicides committed with a gun are understandably in line. The argument being made becomes invalid when we find the U.S. averages 10.9 suicides per 100,000 per year and Japan, in 2012, averaged 24.4 suicides per 100,000. Gun ownership and availability have nothing to do with suicide. WHY do people commit suicide? Around the world the leading causes of suicide are; long term unemployment, social life/relationship problems, and depression. It has also been determined that somewhere around 90% of those who commit suicide suffer or have suffered from a mental disorder and/or a history of substance abuse. Age and time of year are also factors. By focusing on the true causes surrounding suicide we can create awareness and help prevent the 7th leading cause of death in our country.
A Danger To You And Yours:
“Having a gun in your home makes you statistically more likely to be killed by a gun,” If you haven’t heard this quote you need to get out more. I’ve even seen it reported as a statistical fact from the CDC. Once again it bears some truth. Without discipline and respect owning a gun can be dangerous. However, As a gun owner you have a .000018% chance of being accidentally killed with your firearm. This means that without the proper training it is more dangerous for me to have a pool in my back yard then it is for me to have a firearm in my home. To paint a more disturbing picture; when you go to the doctor and get a prescription you have a .0178% chance that the doctor’s prescription will kill you. Yes going to the doctor can be more dangerous than owning a firearm. WHY do people fear gun ownership? The fear of most, albeit well-meaning, “anti gunners” is due to simple lack of education on the subject and the large amount of negative stigmas surrounding firearms. I was a certified NRA instructor at the age of 15. I have a deep passion for teaching firearm safety/self-defense. I have learned through my teachings however that gun ownership is not for everyone. Gun ownership is a choice. If an American does not want to own, hold, or shoot a firearm they should never have to do so. I have never smoked marijuana in my life but I have studied the effects of THC on the body and mind. I understand that it has good implications as well as bad. Just because you’re not a user doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be well educated. Being open minded and understanding are the keys to overcoming stigmas. Wouldn’t you agree?
More Guns, More Problems:
Piers Morgan said on the Colbert Report, “We don’t have guns (the U.K.) you can’t get your hands on them, even the police don’t have them,” he went on adding, “Just quietly pointing out that in my country where we have no guns we have 34-40 gun murders a year, in your country where you have 300 million guns you have 11-12 thousand gun murders a year,” Once again the point Mr. Morgan is making seems to make sense, however when scrutinized the point falls under our true but invalid category. In the last year the U.K. has seen only 59 people killed by guns in total and the U.S. has seen 29,777 (this includes murders, suicides, and accidental deaths) my numbers may be a little different but the point remains the same; where there are guns, there is gun violence. This is where the point being made becomes irrelevant, “England and Wales have one of the worst crime rates among developed nations,” -The Telegraph 17 Jan, 2013. When you have a high number of guns in your country, you are going to have more crimes committed with guns, however no guns, in no way means less crime. The U.K.’s crime rate skyrocketed consistently for year’s after they banned guns completely. In the last 3-4 years the crime rate has dropped but is still not below or near the previous rate before the ban. Other factors contribute to its crime rate but the U.K. stands somewhere around 2,034 violent crimes per 100,000 per year and the U.S. is closer to 466 violent crimes per 100,000 per year. That is a huge difference. We can also consider facts like most of Europe has very stringent gun control laws. Gun ownership across Europe runs from 30-.01 per 100,000. The U.S. has a much higher rate of gun ownership, around 75-100 guns per 100,000 however Europe has about 3.5 acts of gun violence per 100,000 per year and the U.S. has around 2.4 acts of gun violence per 100,000 per year. Mexico has an extremely stringent ban on guns and, in Mexico the number of violent crimes committed with a firearm per 100,000 per year is still 2.3 to our 2.4. So again we ask WHY. With a close look we can see very clearly that in developed countries around the world guns have very little to do with violence. WHY does violence occur? Human nature could be to blame. If you would like to blame something more tangible however, studies have shown for decades now that, no matter where you are in the world, violence seems to fallow illegal substances. Where there are drugs you will find violence and violent crimes.
How To Truly Miss The Point:
“No one wants to talk about guns, and they are the problem,” This quote is from several late night talk shows and T.V. news reports, relayed in different ways with varying degrees of subtly. However it is paraphrased, I believe it to be the most damaging. Any person who hears it and lends any degree of truth to these words is distracted from the true problem. However, In all fairness and, to make my point, let’s look at the gun in and of itself. It’s easy to look at the gun as the bad guy. Guns are used for horrible crimes against humanity. I have personally seen behind the veil of war. I know that if a person so chooses they can use a gun for grate evil. WHY do people want to keep and bear arms? WHY would anyone want to keep the Devil so close to them unless they themselves were truly evil? “Because the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun!” This is a bad programmed response of the gun rights advocates. What we end up saying is the only response to evil is a fire fight. In some cases this may be true, but we must try defeating our opposition with pure logic. As previously stated, in America somewhere around 29,777 people a year are killed by guns. At the same time in America over 2.5 million private gun owners a year (6,849 a day) are recorded as defending themselves with their guns. This means that every 4-5 days firearms help save more people then “they kill” every year. The intentions of any person, behind any weapon, makes all the difference.
Oh Brave New World:
I hope that you are starting to see the pattern that I see, the one that keeps me up at night. For every cause an effect, for every action a consequence and, for every event a there is a WHY. What is the answer to our national crisis? How do we make the block stand? WHY would a PERSON do this and how do we stop them? These are the questions that keep repeating in my head. We all know the effects of a mass shooting. They cause fear, overwhelming sadness, and confusion. Along with rape and child abuse it is a human act that most of us, myself included, cannot comprehend. We cannot fault the well-intentioned but mislead. It is human nature to explain things we do not understand the best way we know how. Ancient man determent that the earth was flat because that is how he perceived it. The Greeks saw lightning and knew it as Zeus’s wrath. Aborigines saw Haley’s Comment and determined it to be a great shaman. America sees a mass shooting and the firearm becomes our new demonic demigod. However I fear it may be even more complicated than this. I fear we, to steal an observation form David Grossmen, are more like the ancient Celts who did not understand the correlation between sex and pregnancy. Like the Celts we are lending little logic or sense to explain these tragedies in our modern society. As if the fear of finding out the true causes of this evil, the fear that we as a society may be to blame, regresses us to an almost primal state. Maybe at this point we have seen to many of these horrific tragedies unfold to believe that we can ever make this block stand again. We then conclude a stop-gap like gun control is the only way to lessen the violence. This view is unacceptable and lazy. There is an edge to this trick block that we have not felt yet and need to look harder for, an x-factor or WHY-factor that we do not yet comprehend. The first step is to stop blaming the firearm for being a miss used tool and truly look for a lasting solution. Until we do, we will never better ourselves. Instead I foresee us becoming a more agoraphobic nation, slaves to our fear of each other and fear of society. The sad truth is that the answers may remain unseen, clouded within the fog of unnecessary controversy. We must lie down and be done with petty bickering, dig relentlessly for the underlying answers, and not relinquish the pursuit until we can invariably say, “THIS IS WHY!” Until we do no amount of gun control will ever help me send my son to his first day of school without fear in my heart.
Dedication: To my wife, the love of my life. We may not always see eye to eye but without you pushing me to explain the reasoning behind my own beliefs, I would not be the man I am today.
Now this is why don’t have much Mass Effect related stuff. Only small Thane, Tali, Mordin, Garrus and Legion replicas or whatever they are officially called. One very small N7 shirt that fits me barely. And small silver replica of Normandy that was limited to 1500 pieces. That i am very proud of, if i remember correctly it wasn’t that cheap, atleast 50 something euros, don’t remember to be honest. Oh and a keychain of Alliance logo. And ofcourse the store i bought them from no longer exists as far as i know, couldn’t find it not that i remember it’s name but when i ordered those it was on the 1st or 2nd page when searched Mass Effect merchandise Europe or was it UK.