by Greg Ellifritz
On January 8, 2011 Jared Loughner shot 20 people in the parking lot of an Arizona grocery store. In law enforcement terminology, this type of crime is called an "Active Shooter" or "Active Killer" event. In this kind of incident, one or more shooters are trying to kill as many people as possible. The shooters may or may not be politically motivated. Most of these events last only a few minutes and end up with the shooter(s) dead, often committing suicide shortly after encountering any form of resistance. The most common locations where these events take place are churches, schools, the shooter’s workplace, and public shopping areas.
This isn't a new phenomenon. The readers might remember Charles Whitman and the Texas Tower incident in the 1960s. While active shooting events aren't new, there seems to be an increase in their frequency of late.
Most people don't consider how alone they really are if they get caught in the midst of one of these shootings. Statistically, most are over in less than four minutes. Unless there is already a cop at the scene, there won't be time for one to arrive. Police response has been, with a couple of exceptions, relatively inconsequential in past active shooter incidents. They arrive in time to clean up the mess.
Of the incidents that were stopped by people at the scene (as opposed to incidents where the shooter was not resisted in any way) 2/3 of the shooters were stopped by citizens, not cops. And in half of those cases the citizens were unarmed! Just like what happened in Arizona, a few citizens with incredible courage jumped on the shooter and stopped his rampage.
If you find yourself at the scene of an active shooter event, there are lots of things to consider. While this list isn't comprehensive, it does provide some food for thought.
by Chad D. Baus
Nearly a decade ago, I came across an article by a Dr. Sarah Thompson, entitled "Raging Against Self Defense - A Psychiatrist Examines The Anti-Gun Mentality." The article was originally published by Utah Gun Owners Alliance, where Dr. Thompson served as executive director, but I came across it on the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership's website.
In the article, Dr. Thompson discusses some of the major psychological issues that anti-gun rights people seem to be struggling with, as demonstrated by their behavior.
That article came back to mind weeks ago as I read the Internet comments, Facebook messages and emails we received in response to the news that Buckeye Firearms Foundation had launched a (George) Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund after the Florida crime victim was found not guilty in his self-defense case.
I thought it might be educational to revisit that article, and look for examples of the mental issues Dr. Thompson enumerated in the emails and Facebook messages we received.
WARNING: If you prefer not to read violent, profanity-laced language, don't continue reading. You were warned.
In a letter dated July 29, 2013, Mark O'Mara conveys the sincere thanks of George Zimmerman for the donations raised by Buckeye Firearms foundation on his behalf.
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Here's the text of the letter:
July 2, 2013
Ken Hanson, Esquire
Buckeye Firearms Foundation
by Chad D. Baus
Buckeye Firearms Association and our non-profit, educational Foundation are successful because our supporters trust us to use their financial contributions to fight for gun rights, and to fight to protect gun owners. That trust allowed us to become one of the most effective state-level gun rights organization in the country, and is held sacred by our entire leadership team.
Ken Hanson, Legal Counsel for Buckeye Firearms Foundation, appeared on Piers Morgan Live Monday night, July 29 at 9pm ET on CNN. Ken discussed the Zimmerman Second Amendment Fund to replace Zimmerman's firearm after the DOJ ordered it withheld after a not guilty verdict.