Citizen With Gun Stops Knife Attack
Of course, that's not what the actual headline said, but the San Francisco Chronicle, generally no friend to gun owners, had it right there in the first paragraph:
Kudos to Woody Baird, the AP writer, for putting it in the story, and to the Chron for leaving it there. Interestingly, the same story, by the same AP writer, posted at Foxnews.com, states that the knife-wielding nut was "tackled." I guess since nobody died, the story wasn't interesting enough to update.
A knife-wielding grocery store employee attacked eight co-workers Friday, seriously injuring five before a witness pulled a gun and stopped him, police said.
The Chron version goes on to detail how the attacker was stopped:
Ingram, chasing one victim into the store's parking lot, was subdued by Chris Cope, manager of a financial services office in the same small shopping center, Memphis Police Sgt. Vince Higgins said.
Cope said he grabbed a 9mm semiautomatic pistol from his pickup truck when he saw the attacker chasing the victim "like something in a serial killer movie."
"When he turned around and saw my pistol, he threw the knife away, put his hands up and got on the ground," Cope told The Associated Press. "He saw my gun and that was pretty much it."
Note that Mr. Cope stopped the attack without firing a shot.
Much thanks to Mr. Cope for stopping the attack. Of course, the police spokesman has to make the obligatory "The proles shouldn't be trying this" remark:
"We commend him," Higgins said. "But we don't encourage people to take that kind of risk. He could have been hurt."
Actually, Officer Higgins, I'd venture a guess that if Mr. Psycho hadn't dropped the knife when he did, he'd be the one who got hurt, possibly even saving Tennessee taxpayers the cost of incarcerating him for the next several years. Or are you afraid that if more citizens actually took responsibility for the safety of themselves, and, as in this case, their fellows, the cops won't have as many chances to play hero?
Going To the Body & Fender Shop
I'm having hernia repair surgery this morning. I'll have plenty of sitting around time over the next week, but I'll be doped up on pain meds. Any posting will be thus done under the influence of prescription narcotics.
Quote of the Day
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