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Dec 17 2012

Armed Citizens Stop Massacres

Further gun restrictions not only would not prevent tragedies like Newtown, but would make them more frequent and more deadly, because law-abiding citizens would be left defenseless. Moonbats will screech, “Oh yeah? How come we don’t hear about armed civilians stopping massacres?” There are several reasons:

• Massacres don’t happen every day.
• Not enough people exercise their right to bear arms.
• Carriers do not necessarily have an opportunity to fire, as in the Clackamas mall shooting.
• The statist and rabidly anti–Second Amendment “mainstream” media is hardly likely to draw attention to such cases.

Nonetheless, The Volokh Conspiracy lists a few cases of armed citizens who were not off-duty cops possibly saving lives by terminating massacres:

In Pearl, Mississippi 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.

In Edinboro, Pennsylvania in 1996, 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. …

In Winnemucca, Nevada in 2008, Ernesto Villagomez killed two people and wounded two others in a bar filled with three hundred people. He was then shot and killed by a patron who was carrying a gun (and had a concealed carry license). …

In Colorado Springs 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.

I almost forgot the No. 1 reason you don’t hear of these cases more often. Uncoincidentally, literally every single public mass shooting since at least 1950 with the sole exception of the attack on Gabrielle Giffords has occurred in a gun-free zone — a.k.a. a helpless victim zone.


On tips from Bob Roberts, AC, and Michael P.

24 Responses to “Armed Citizens Stop Massacres”

  1. Texas Democratic Party leader, blogger calls for shooting NRA membersand their supporters

  2. Kevin R. says:

    When I sailed in the Merchant Marine the wife of a fellow mariner was walking to her car from the store, followed by two men. They followed her to her right to her car where she pulled out her hand gun and said that she was not alone. They scrambled out of there.

    Self defense, you got it or you don’t.

  3. “Oh yeah? How come we don’t hear about armed civilians stopping massacres?”

    You mean no one in a Gun Free Zone has ever used a gun to shoot back at a Crazed Killer ?

    Liberalism = Circular Stupidity.

  4. Rides A Pale Horse says:

    Let’s put this whole thing in perspective:

  5. There is no statistic for all the children who did not die because no one got shot because a firearm was available at the right time it was needed in the hands of someone willing to use it.

    1 child death for every million guns owned.
    1 child death for every 11,000 residential swimming pools owned.

    2500 accidental deaths by choking.

    3 times more likely to die by incompetent medical treatment than by a firearm, all causes.

  6. wingmann says:

    You’ll never gyess who said this:

    “He who cannot protect himself or his nearest and dearest or their honour by non-violently facing death may and ought to do so by violently dealing with the oppressor. He who can do neither of the two is a burden. He has no business to be the head of a family. He must either hide himself, or must rest content to live for ever in helplessness and be prepared to crawl like a worm at the bidding of a bully”

  7. Comrade J says:



  8. Mr Evilwrench says:

    You probably don’t hear about the massacres that were stopped by armed citizens, because, well, they were stopped before they qualified as massacres. Sort of skews the results.

    @Wingman That sounds like something Gandhi would have said.

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  10. T-Bone says:

    Pretty sure Ghandi didn’t own a gun, nor have the need to use one. In fact his life was testament to the fact thy such is unnecessary, yet no-one with any brains would deny his courage or think him a fool.

  11. T-Bone says:


  12. Chris says:

    T-Bone said “Pretty sure Ghandi didn’t own a gun, nor have the need to use one.” Passive resistance only works when dealing with a civilized society, despite their oppression of the people of India the British were civilized. Passive resistance used against a tyrannical government results in a massacre. Gandhi also said,”Among the many misdeeds of the British rule in India, history will look upon the Act depriving a whole nation of arms as the blackest”

  13. Alphamail says:

    For months AC has been chonicling CC’rs wasting perps.

    A day doesn’t go by that he doesn’t have a success story.

    Sure like to see his complete log book of vistories.

    The book would obviously be called, “Buy more Ammo.”

  14. Alphamail says:


    But, but, but………..Kennedy was a democrat.

    “Today we need a nation of minute men; citizens who are not only prepared to take up arms, but citizens who regard the preservation of freedom as a basic purpose of their daily life and who are willing to consciously work and sacrifice for that freedom.”

    John F. Kennedy, 1961

    I was shooting hoops at my Army reserve center when he was shot. He was a genuine lover of the military. My how his party has morphed into an infection.

    BTW – That’s a great site.

  15. Sam Adams says:

    JFK, today, would be classified by the left as a rabid right winger.

  16. Sam Adams says:

    A friend opined a few days ago that we would probably not see another plane flown into a building in our lifetime. Simply put, there are a lot fewer Americans today who are simply going to sit and not put up a resistance in case of a hijacking.

    We may be reaching the same tipping point at our public schools. After all, why should teachers and students be simply sitting ducks? How could any teacher live with himself/herself allowing a gunman to shoot 20 little kids when they might have prevented it had they been armed?

  17. Stan Back says:

    So when did the worst school massacre occur? Back in the 1930s when a man dynamited a school after losing a local level election. Thirty eight people were killed in that incident. Everything must be banned and everyone will get a hermetically sealed personal bubble full of peace and safety.

  18. Events like this are big news events, but in the cities, kids get killed in school every day. Just one at a time. It doesn’t even make the news unless the dead kid was a promising athlete.

  19. Jodie says:

    Professor Hale,

    I agree! Kids get killed in and around schools every day. They also get bullied and beaten every day. The schools have consistently tried to keep these things quiet. They encourage the victims not to take action and not make a big deal about it, saying that they will likely face retaliation and it’s better just to let it go.

    I am so sick of hearing these so-called experts in child psychology, telling parents after this latest tragey to assure their kids that they are safe in school. NO THEY’RE NOT!

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