Earlier this week, 2 innocent people were killed and another seriously wounded by a madman who opened fire in the Clackamas Town Center mall. What went underreported, and then forgotten in the wake of the horrific acts in Newtown, Connecticut on Friday, were the actions that made this shooting much, much less than it potentially could have become. A 22 year old man with his concealed handgun license and legally carrying his pistol ran towards the chaos and intervened before the shooter could get off another shot at an innocent shopper:
PORTLAND — Nick Meli is emotionally drained. The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire.
“I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, ‘are you serious?,'” he said.
The friend and baby hit the floor. Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behind a pillar.
“He was working on his rifle,” said Meli. “He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side.”
The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter.
“As I was going down to pull, I saw someone in the back of the Charlotte move, and I knew if I fired and missed, I could hit them,” he said.
Meli took cover inside a nearby store. He never pulled the trigger. He stands by that decision.
“I’m not beating myself up cause I didn’t shoot him,” said Meli. “I know after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself.”
The gunman was dead, but not before taking two innocent lives with him and taking the innocence of everyone else.
“I don’t ever want to see anyone that way ever,” said Meli. “It just bothers me.”
With the David Frums and Michael Moores and the Ginny Burdicks of the world screaming from the rooftops for more gun control, exploiting the deaths of innocent children to advance their sick political agenda, this is a stark reminder of exactly why the 2nd Amendment exists.
Postscript: For some very wise words about yesterday’s unthinkable crimes in Connecticut, you should visit Randy Cassingham’s blog. As awful as yesterday’s events were, Randy points out that this is, sadly, nothing new in human behavior and goes far deeper than guns.
Well, before violent movies, in Bath Township, Michigan, on May 18, 1927, three bombs were exploded at Bath School, killing 38 elementary (second- to sixth-grade) school children, as well as two teachers and four other adults (plus the bomber), and at least 58 others were injured. The bomber? The treasurer for the School Board, who drove up in his car and set off a bomb to kill and injure those who went to the school to help. That, not Newtown, not Columbine, not Virginia Tech, was the deadliest mass murder in a school in U.S. history. No guns involved, and Hollywood couldn’t be blamed back then.
Bath Consolidated School …after the bombing. A significant quantity of undetonated explosives were found under the school — it could have been much worse. Source: Wikipedia.
Nor were there guns — or Americans — involved in another incident today, which was mostly pushed out of the news in the U.S. in light of the horrific Connecticut incident: in Henan, China, a man went into a school and stabbed 22 children, plus one adult. Apparently, no one was killed, but one report I read said it was part of a “wave of brutal stabbings and hammerings throughout China” over the past few years. Cripes: hammerings of children?!