The forgotten virtue of firearms

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  1. Smashy

    Smashy

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    By THE WASHINGTON TIMES

    During Christmas week, a registered sex offender with a conviction for attempted murder used a gun to take three hostages at a Wytheville, Va., post office. Not too surprisingly, the national media gave the crime extensive news coverage. Such sensationalism leaves a distorted image about what happens with guns every day in the United States. When guns work to stop crime, there's not nearly as much drama to sensationalize and, as a result, that much less coverage.

    In Oklahoma City the previous week, an armed citizen singlehandedly stopped an attack that surely would have resulted in a multiple-victim public shooting. The media gave the event scant attention. The scene went down when a Marine, who was on leave and came home for the holidays, started firing in an apartment parking lot. Before anyone was harmed, another man aimed his permitted concealed handgun at the attacker and ordered him to put down his weapon. The shooter dropped his gun and ran into his father's apartment, barricading himself in. Three-and-a-half hours later, the man surrendered to the police.

    A Marine with a gun who wanted to cause harm would surely be able to maim or kill a lot of people. Those dead bodies would have attracted exhaustive coverage. Of course, corpses are newsworthy in our sensational culture, but when an armed citizen stops an attack, the heroism rates barely a blip on the national radar screen. In this case, a search found just one television news story on the incident, and it left out the identity of the man who saved the day. In our confused times, murderers, it seems, are more interesting than heroes.

    An important detail that is neglected in news coverage is that all the multiple-victim public shootings in America - crimes in which more than three people were killed - happened where legal concealed handguns are banned. The Wytheville post office is such a gun-free zone, not to mention that the felon who committed the crime was banned from possessing a firearm anywhere. The Oklahoma City attack was stopped because the man who stopped it could carry a concealed handgun.

    Often what's true and what makes good TV are two different things. But either way, news standards don't give people any idea about the costs and benefits of people owning guns. Police are extremely important in stopping crimes, but police understand that they almost always arrive on the scene after a crime has occurred. Heroic actions of citizens who stop attacks deserve a lot more attention.


    http://washingtontimes.com/news/2010/jan/05/the-forgotten-virtue-of-firearms/?feat=home_editorials
     
  2. Baba Louie

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    True statements. But unfortunately, if it bleeds, it leads.
     

  3. Gallium

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    I never even heard of that story used as an example in your post...

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  4. Diesel_Bomber

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    Great find! Someone buy the author of that piece a beer!
     
  5. HandyMan Hugh

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    In Texas a while ago, there was a shooting outside a courthouse by an estranged husband. He killed his soon-to-be ex wife, and wounded his son and a couple of deputy sheriffs. There was an armed civilian who drew his pistol and shot the assailant two or three times, not knowing that the assailant was wearing body armor. The civilian's shots were well placed, but the assailant's body armor stopped them. The assailant then turned and killed the good samaritan. He then took off in his car and was later killed in a firefight with police. The news media DID NOT say that the civilian had heroically intervened and paid with his life. The news media did say that there was "another bystander" killed.

    In Montana, last year there was a killing in a parking lot of a hospital. A lunatic shot and killed an EMT who had just parked her ambulance in a garage, and was walking toward the hospital. A gentleman named Billingsley and his wife were also in the parking lot when the shots were fired. Mr. Billingsley drew his pistol and fired at the hidden sniper to keep him from doing more damage, while Mrs. Billingsley attempted to give aid to the injured EMT. Mr. Billingsley was wounded in his wrist, but he also wounded the active shooter, and made him run away. Unfortunately the EMT was already dead. Only one newspaper mentioned the daring efforts of Mr. and Mrs. Billingsley!

    The news media in America has become a propaganda machine for the left. Their bias most often includes ignoring CCW people who come to the rescue of others. God forbid that guns are ever portrayed in a positive manner! :steamed::steamed:

    Check out a book by the Media Research Center called "And that's the way it ISN'T. It will open your eyes.
     
  6. BamaTrooper

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    I believe the CCW guy went to check on the BG when he went down, but the BG got up and shot him.

    Officer using a 223 AR of some sort ended up head shooting the guy further down the road.
     
  7. texanredraider

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    Glad I did a search before posting this same article.

    I found the quote below interesting, as I haven't heard it before.

    Does anyone know of a source for this? This makes a great argument for concealed carry.
     
  8. Norrin Radd

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    Unfortunately it seems like if it does not fit the agenda it does not get reported. According to criminologist Gary Kleck there are between 2.1 and 2.5 million defensive gun uses per year in the United States:wow: and that many of these occur without a shot being fired. While this number seems awful high to me, there is no disputing the fact the when a firearm is used for defensive purposes it is largely ignored my the news media.

    Kleck, Gary and Marc Gertz. 1995. “Armed Resistance to Crime: the Prevalence and Nature of Self-defense with a Gun.” Journal of Criminal Law & Criminology 86(1):150-187.

    http://www.criminology.fsu.edu/p/faculty-gary-kleck.php
     
  9. Kosher Larry

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    Am I the only one stunned that this was printed in The Washington Times?
     
  10. remington79

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    I remember the incident that happened at the courthouse. It was in Tyler Texas. The local media did mention that he had a CHL and that he left his apartment to try to stop the attacker.