Thirteen people were shot, two are dead in what Police Chief Dale Lane called “the most horrific event that’s occurred in Collierville history.”
One of the two dead is the shooter, who was found at the back of the store killed by what officials believe was a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Lane said.
According to other media sources, the shooter was a disgruntled employee. Nothing yet on why was he disgruntled or if he had mental conditions and if he gave enough hints for what he was about to do.
“You don’t expect these kinds of things to happen in Collierville,”
It is said that the mind is the weapon. But the quote above shows that the mind is the weapon which produced a self-inflicted wound.
Carrying a weapon requires discipline with rule #1 being Always Carry. I don’t know where or when a criminal or a psycho is going attack, so I have to be ready to reply with deadly force at a fraction of a second’s time. And maybe your reflexes are peak and you are in optimal physical condition, but handgun will beat empty hand 99 times out of a hundred.
And I understand that carrying can be a nuisance and a bother. Your employee may not allow it or your stylish clothing is not conductive to wearing a gun safely and constantly. You are an adult and you must own to the consequences of your choices, specially where we are living in an age where we have such a variety of handguns, they can cover pretty much any kind of garment situation in a comforting manner. Life does not end if you cannot carry a full size 1911, sometimes a simple .380 can be the patch for a particular moment.
We must not only not think “I never thought this could happen here/to me” but also prep as if it would happen in the next 30 seconds. We are the people who think about fields of fire, cover and backstops if we are attacked while taking a poop while sitting in the throne. It ain’t Low Drag or Tactical Ninja cool, but neither is reality.
Always Carry. Always have a plan. Always be ready to take action.