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This has nothing to do with politics but a lot to do with the world we live in. All though the day, myself and others at Metroblogging Montreal were covering the shooting at Dawson College.

Little did we know that one of our own was in the middle of it:

Read his amazing firsthand account.

I then went to speak to a coworker to see if he knew anything, he knew nothing more than I did. He and I, along with a handful of other folks in the print shop were just kind of listening to more gunshots and screaming, trying to figure out what to do next because the shots were getting louder, therefor closer. A few other stragglers entered my area for safety and I was "manning the door" with yet another colleague while the others (approx. 12 people) were taking cover in the back area, out of view form the main door.

My colleague then spotted a young girl looking for cover in the hallway and ran out to help her. There was another gun shot as he got the student to the ground... he was hit in the shoulder and ran back to the print shop. I have no idea what happened to the student, I don't know if he knows either. He will be fine, I'm no expert on bullet wounds, but it looked like it went straight through.

Originally posted to DigitalApoptosis on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 07:48 PM PDT.

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  •  You should post this at (3+ / 0-)
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    Bionic, lecsmith, fiddlingnero

    -9.13, -7.79 Adolescent Mooncalves Unite!

    by L0kI on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 07:37:39 PM PDT

  •  Yikes! (0+ / 0-)

    What an experience.

    Thanks for posting this here.

    Be good to each other. It matters.

    by AllisonInSeattle on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:13:28 PM PDT

  •  holy crap! (0+ / 0-)

    I'm happy my friend retired from teaching there a couple of years ago. And i'm pretty sure i don't know anyone else who's teaching there ATM. This all happened exactly 24 hours before i'll be walking past those front doors on the way to an appointment. I can't imagine walking by there as that jackass pulled out his assault rifle.

    Fucking crazy.

  •  *sigh* (2+ / 0-)
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    someone else, Captain Infidel

    I know most people's instinctive reaction on this site is to think, "if guns were banned, this wouldn't have happened." My own reaction is completely different: "If someone there were armed and trained to use a handgun, this could have been stopped."

    I'm sorry to say that that bullet wound may very well have ended up killing that student via blood loss.

    -5.88, -4.21 / Kossacks! Become a Precinct Captain!

    by maxomai on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:20:26 PM PDT

    •  I agree. (0+ / 0-)

      There are some issues related to gun control on which I could see an argument for either side as having validity, but someone who would take a gun - or any weapon - and do something like this clearly has no regard for the law to begin with.

      One of the first things I thought of while I was reading a news report on this earlier was that it wouldn't have happened quite the same way in America.

      Jumping on the bandwagon: (-3.63, -3.03) - Does that make me part of the right wing here?

      by someone else on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:29:25 PM PDT

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      •  are you fucking serious?! (1+ / 0-)
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        Look—i have no urge to start playing us against them here, but that is the most ludicrous comment i've seen here since some jackass tried to sell me on th idea that the WTC was pre-rigged with explosives.

        Do i need to list off the mass-murders that have taken place in your vaunted FreedomLand?

        •  I know about our higher inclination toward (0+ / 0-)

          mass killings.

          It's probably a cultural thing.

          But come now. It's not quite as hyperbolic or ridiculous as all that, is it?  Maybe the second part isn't quite accurate, but that was just my gut-level reaction.

          And before you ask, yes, I know I shouldn't "think" with my gut, and I generally don't.

          Jumping on the bandwagon: (-3.63, -3.03) - Does that make me part of the right wing here?

          by someone else on Wed Sep 13, 2006 at 08:38:36 PM PDT

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    •  gee, thanks for your input (3+ / 0-)
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      raatz, bronte17, someone else

      It might even have been pertinent had you actually been responding to someone calling for tighter gun control. In any case, the guy opened up on the first students outside the building. An armed security guard would not have prevented someone having their brains blown out. No matter how much you may wish it were so.

      BTW, you might be surprised at the number of Kossacks who own guns.

    •  I don't think the results would be different (0+ / 0-)

      In this case and having laxer gun laws would bring a whole host of other problems IMO.

      On Dec 6 1989 14 women were killed in a mass shooting.  The police were criticized for holding back at the time, which allowed the gunman to continue his killing spree.

      This time the cops didn't wait but followed him in.  

      Personally, I'd rather not live in a society where so many people go around armed.  Seems to me that when people tend to have weapons they tend to use them.

      The Next Agenda "For Progressive Canadian Politics"

      by Bionic on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 02:37:58 PM PDT

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  •  Interesting (0+ / 0-)

    This guy was a piece of work.  

    Supposedly his interent profile (on says he "Dislikes":

    Country Music
    American Government and anyone who supports them
    All Priests


    People in General
    Anyone who is against goth and metal

    while I share his dislike of lawyers... I find the rest odd... basically he just hated about everyone.

    I'm all for legal concealed carry.  If more citizens were armed then maybe these guys would think twice before doing things like this.

    "You can prevent defeat through defense, but to prevail requires offense" -Sun Tzu

    by Captain Infidel on Thu Sep 14, 2006 at 12:51:32 PM PDT

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