The Cult to Stop Gun
Rights Violence (CSGV) is all giddy this morning by an article in Mother Jones regarding mass shootings. Note that they are very specific about mass shootings instead of mass killings because it would derail their whole argument. It is the typical drivel we are used to read from such rags, but what really ticked me was
More broadly, attempts by armed civilians to stop shooting rampages are rare—and successful ones even rarer.
And one wonders why is that civilian attempts to stop mass shooters are rare. Maybe because Mass shootings are also rare? And because most rampage shooters select Gun Free Zones bravely advocated by anti gunners like Mother Jones? And the success rate is by now proven in several cases that did not become mass shootings because civilians did intervene and succeeded. I am not gonna repeat all the cases, you can do a search for mass shooters in this blog.
Armed civilians attempting to intervene are actually more likely to increase the bloodshed, says (Dr. Stephen Hargarten, a leading expert on emergency medicine and gun violence at the Medical College of Wisconsin), “given that civilian shooters are less likely to hit their targets than police in these circumstances.”
Yet a bit of research gives us the info that the opposite is the truth. Davi Barker from the Daily Anarchist blog analyzed 93 shootings and came up with the following rate:
And even if you take the time to read normal one on one, Good Guy versus Bad Guy armed confrontations, you will notice that civilians will end the shindig with less than 3 shots and very rarely some bystander gets shot by the armed civilian.
But if that was not enough, Mother Jones has to dump on Armed Civilians who paid the ultimate price:
In Tyler, Texas, that same year, a civilian named Mark Wilson fired his licensed handgun at a man on a rampage at the county courthouse. Wilson—who was a firearms instructor—was shot dead by the body-armored assailant, who wielded an AK-47.
On 2005, David Hernandez Arroyo Sr. armed with an MAK-90 opened up in front of the Tyler County Courthouse initially killing his Ex-Wife and wounding his young son over a matter of Child Support. Police in the courthouse responded but they were only armed with sidearms. Hernandez Arroyo returned fired and wounded several law enforcement officer. Mark Wilson who lived in a first floor apartment across the street from the courthouse, saw what was happening, picked up his 1911 and went into the line of fire. By the time Wilson manages to approach Hernandez using a truck as cover, he had the rifle trained once more against his son to finish him off. Wilson shoot him twice and drops him to the ground but as he was wearing armor, the shots only stunned him. By the time Wilson comes around the truck to check on Hernandez Arroyo, he has recovered and shoots at Wilson killing him. But Wilson’s death was not in vain, more officers arrived, Hernandez’s young son was rescued and Hernandez himself decided that it was time to leave. Hernandez Arroyo is later killed after a chase.
The Texas House of Representatives issued a resolution that was unanimously adopted and in part reads:
With instinctive courage and selfless resolve, this valorous Texan confronted a gunman on the steps of the Smith County Courthouse; reacting to the kind of inhuman crisis that compels ordinary men to seek cover or flee, Mark Wilson proved to be an extraordinary man…..Mark Wilson was a true hero, and his example reminds us that the very best elements of human nature can emerge in the midst of the chaos and violence that threaten our society; though this brave man will be missed, his legacy will continue to inspire all who are privileged to know of him.
Antis call Mr. Wilson at best a fool who died uselessly. But they hail as a hero Colin Goddard who in the face of a mass shooting, hid under a desk, frantically dialing his cellphone for help and when it did not come, he just sat there and got shot without even trying to defend himself.
They are a sick and sorry twisted bunch.