Matt HealeyMonday,26 August 2013

The Snap:

There has been another shooting at a school. This time in a Georgia school. The shooter used what is being described as an “AK-47 Style” rifle and 500 rounds of ammo. In this case, the no one was killed. Largely due to the efforts of Antionette Tuff.

The Download:

In case you have not heard the 911 call you should listen to it. Tuff is able to talk the shooter down and get him to surrender to the police. Up to that point he had fired several rounds but had not hit anyone. As a result of Tuff’s efforts, a potential tragedy was avoided. We will never know if this would have been another Newtown. Or Colombine. Or Aura. Or Virginia Tech. Because one UNARMED women was able to convince the shooter to peacefully give up.

I have no doubt that we will hear the common refrain from the NRA that we need to do something about mental health. They are right, we do. During the call the shooter admitted he was off his medications. Granted, he was off his medication because his Medicare had expired and he could not get the pills — wow, our current healthcare system is so great that we should all sign up with Rand “Wacko Bird” Paul or Canadian Ted Cruz. We need to find a way to keep guns out of the hands of the mentally ill. Maybe universal background checks would work, but that is not the main point of this post. The main point of this post is similar to one I wrote after Newtown. It is about the argument that you need guns for defense. In the earlier post we discussed the need for guns to prevent the US Government from imposing a fascist state. I argued that peaceful resistance, such as the tank man in Tiennaman’s Square, was more effective than armed resistance.

We now have a situation where an unarmed woman was able to stop a deadly situation using her brain and her words. Not a gun. Granted this was extremely dangerous and she could have been shot. If she was armed it would also have been extremely dangerous and she could have been shot. The reason is that there was an unstable man with an assault rifle in the same room with her. So the question that I would ask is what course of action has the lower probability of injury. The NRA argues that “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Let’s assume that Tuff had a gun. What would she have done? If she pulled it out, likely he would have started shooting and killed her. After all his assault rifle would likely have been more powerful than the handgun that she had. So under that situation, being armed would have increased the risk of her death. So the right course of action was a non-violent approach to the situation, which proved to be highly effective. So, apparently there is more than just one thing that will stop a bad guy with a gun. This woman used her brain. Maybe Wayne thinks this because he lacks a brain?

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