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Posted: 1/25/2002 4:51:29 AM EDT
THE NEW YORK POST January 25, 2002 THE MISSING GUN By JOHN R. LOTT, JR. http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/38115.htm -- ANOTHER school shooting occurred last week and the headlines were everywhere the same, from Australia to Nigeria. This time the shooting occurred at a university, the Appalachian Law School. As usual, there were calls for more gun control. Yet in this age of "gun-free school zones," one fact was missing from virtually all the news coverage: The attack was stopped by two students who had guns in their cars. The fast responses of two male students, Mikael Gross, 34, and Tracy Bridges, 25, undoubtedly saved multiple lives. Mikael was outside the law school and just returning from lunch when Peter Odighizuwa started his attack. Tracy was in a classroom waiting for class to start. When the shots rang out, utter chaos erupted. Mikael said, "People were running everywhere. They were jumping behind cars, running out in front of traffic, trying to get away." Mikael and Tracy did something quite different: Both immediately ran to their cars and got their guns. Mikael had to run about 100 yards to get to his car. Along with Ted Besen (who was unarmed), they approached Peter from different sides. As Tracy explained it, "I aimed my gun at him, and Peter tossed his gun down. Ted approached Peter, and Peter hit Ted in the jaw. Ted pushed him back and we all jumped on." What is so remarkable is that out of 280 separate news stories (from a computerized Nexis-Lexis search) in the week after the event, just four stories mentioned that the students who stopped the attack had guns. Only two local newspapers (the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Charlotte Observer) mentioned that the students actually pointed their guns at the attacker. Much more typical was the scenario described by the Washington Post, where the heroes had simply "helped subdue" the killer. The New York Times noted only that the attacker was "tackled by fellow students." Most in the media who discussed how the attack was stopped said: "students overpowered a gunman," "students ended the rampage by tackling him," "the gunman was tackled by four male students before being arrested," or "Students ended the rampage by confronting and then tackling the gunman, who dropped his weapon." In all, 72, stories described how the attacker was stopped without mentioning that the student heroes had guns. Unfortunately, the coverage in this case was not unusual. In the other public school shootings where citizens with guns have stopped attacks, rarely do more than one percent of the news stories mention that citizens with guns stopped the attacks. Many people find it hard to believe that research shows that there are 2 million defensive gun uses each year. After all, if these events were really happening, wouldn't we hear about them on the news? But when was the last time you saw a story on the national evening news (or even the local news) about a citizen using his gun to stop a crime?
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 4:52:07 AM EDT
This misreporting actually endangers people's lives. By selectively reporting the news and turning a defensive gun use story into one where students merely "overpowered a gunman" the media gives misleading impressions of what works when people are confronted by violence. Research consistently shows that having a gun is the safest way to respond to any type of criminal attack, especially these multiple victim shootings. John Lott is a resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and the author of "More Guns, Less Crime."
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 4:55:49 AM EDT
No Shit! This is the first I heard of it too. This country's media system is either controlled by the government or they just plain suck.
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 5:01:50 AM EDT
Actually, I posted these facts here earlier. But the medias bias does explain why the Appalachian Law School shooting story died such an immediate death. If they gave the story any more coverage, they would have HAD to report on the students stopping the killer with their firearms. And we simply CANNOT have people knowing that guns save lives.
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 5:02:44 AM EDT
The media are government lapdogs. They share an agenda of enslavement of the general pulic. What more do you need to know?
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 5:07:18 AM EDT
Guns cause nothing but trouble. No one should own them. No good can be done with a gun. ...This, my friends, is all you will ever get out of the crappy media. [rolleyes]
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 6:33:46 AM EDT
For a second there, I thought Imbroglio was back at his old tricks. Norm
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 6:39:06 AM EDT
"The best way to deal with a person with a gun (pointed at you) is to say, 'I know you're upset.' Compassion is the answer. They are human beings and want the same things I do. Try to be compassionate with them and relate to them." --Jessica Flag, national delegate to the Four One-Hundredths of One Million Mom March, 7 May 2000, Washington, DC
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 6:44:52 AM EDT
F#@*ing liberal media. Ranger Out
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 6:47:39 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Jarhead_22: "The best way to deal with a person with a gun (pointed at you) is to say, 'I know you're upset.' Compassion is the answer. They are human beings and want the same things I do. Try to be compassionate with them and relate to them." --Jessica Flag, national delegate to the Four One-Hundredths of One Million Mom March, 7 May 2000, Washington, DC
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Criminal's reply--- *BLAM*BLAM*BLAM*BLAM* "Whiner..."
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 6:55:46 AM EDT
A few quotes that reflect a realistic view of reactions to those who would do you harm: "To die with one's sword still in its sheath is most regrettable." --Miyamoto Musashi "Resistance to sudden violence, for the preservation not only of my person, my limbs, and life, but of my property, is an indisputable right of nature which I have never surrendered to the public by the compact of society, and which perhaps, I could not surrender if I would." --John Adams, Boston Gazette, Sept. 5, 1763 "The enemy is only impressed when being shot at." --General George S. Patton, Jr. “For sure it is an evil spite, and breaking to the heart, For Irishmen to watch a fight and not be taking part.” --Robert Service
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 8:14:16 AM EDT
Following along with Jarhead_22's post, in one of my Guns and Ammo mags there is a story about all the celebrities and their quotes. At the end, the Dali Lhama is quoted as saying something like "If a person is being attacked by someone else it is reasonable for that person to defend himself with a gun." That is probably not word for word, but he specifically mentions defending oneself with a gun, so the libs can't try and twist it around to say that the Dali Lhama supports gun control. I found it interesting and points to the libs hypocrisy.
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 8:17:38 AM EDT
We need a national pro-gun network and fast. Anyone have a couple spare billion to kick it off? Anyone send this to Fox News to see if they'd touch it? Robert
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 11:06:05 AM EDT
Originally Posted By RobertInMaine: We need a national pro-gun network and fast. Anyone have a couple spare billion to kick it off? Anyone send this to Fox News to see if they'd touch it? Robert
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What about the NRA? hahahahahahahahhahaha
Link Posted: 1/25/2002 5:10:49 PM EDT
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Link Posted: 1/25/2002 7:30:49 PM EDT
It seems that Utah now allows people to carry on school campuses if they have a concealed weapons permit. But the universities- in spite of this most recent incident and the shooting a few years ago at Webber State- are fighting it.
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