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  •  Even if it distracts the gunman momentarily, (13+ / 0-)

    it would significantly cut the number of rounds fired from a semiautomatic weapon with a large magazine, at any humans in range.

    Another incident which did not become a massacre because of unarmed heroes interfering, has not been brought up enough.

    Knoxville Unitarian Universalist church shooting [Wiki]
    Location    Knoxville, Tennessee, United States
    Date    July 27, 2008
    Attack type    Shooting, political violence, hate crime
    Weapon(s)    Remington Model 48 12-gauge shotgun
    Deaths    2
    Injured    7
    Perpetrator    Jim David Adkisson

    "Greg McKendry stood in the front of the gunman and took the blast to protect the rest of us," witness Barbara Kemper said.

    But right behind him were John Bohstedt and Terry Uselton, participants in the play who jumped the gunman as he stopped to reload and restrained him until police arrived. [ emphasis added]

    The Unitarian Universalist church hosted a youth performance of Annie Jr. Some 200 people were watching the performance by 25 children when Adkisson entered the church and ... pulled a Remington Model 48 12-gauge shotgun out of a guitar case and began firing. At first, people thought that the loud bangs of the gunshots were part of the play. One person was killed at the scene: Greg McKendry (60), a longtime church member and usher who deliberately stood in front of the gunman to protect others. Later that night, a 61-year-old woman, Linda Kraeger, died from wounds suffered during the attack. Kraeger was a member of Westside Unitarian Universalist Church in Farragut. Others injured by the shotgun blasts include TVUUC member Tammy Sommers, and visitors John Worth, Joe Barnhart, Jack Barnhart, and Linda Chavez. Allison Lee was injured while escaping with her young children.
    The shooter was stopped when church members John Bohstedt, Robert Birdwell, Arthur Bolds, and Terry Uselton and visitor Jamie Parkey restrained him.
    The Knoxville Police Department (KPD) responded within three minutes of the 911 call, and ambulance services arrived only minutes later.[Wiki emphasis added]
    2 people killed, not 4, not 12, 26 or 32, no children. 7 people injured, not 8 to dozens. Would the numbers have been higher if he had a rifle instead of a shotgun? Possibly. Does it matter? Would it have changed the actions of the men who stopped him?

    McKendry's selfless action bought the congregation milliseconds to absorb the situation and correct the initial misconception by many that the shots were part of the play. Followed by mass movement to the floor and the five unarmed men who tackled and stopped him, getting prepared to effectively intervene.  Six unarmed, courageous, smart guys, who overcame high stress and emotions; stopped an armed, angry, misinformed white guy.

    De-escalation is an appropriate choice in any conflict. Guns are used to intimidate and threaten other people far more than for actual, justifiable self defense. Talking an armed person down - even cops and security guards - can save lives.

    Sometimes words are mightier than the sword, even if the sword is a semiautomatic wielded by a mentally unstable human. Trying may not stop death, it won't cause it.

    "People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed and redeemed; never throw out anyone. " Audrey Hepburn "A Beautiful Woman"

    by Ginny in CO on Thu Jan 10, 2013 at 06:34:27 PM PST

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