After the Newton, CT shootings last year the anti-gun media scoffed at the idea of armed security guards in schools, instead opting to just enact stricter gun control laws and hope that the lawless would happily oblige.
But it has been discovered that the recent shooting at Arapahoe High School in Centennial, Colo. Friday afternoon was stopped because of a good guy with a gun.
18-year-old Karl Pierson fired six shots from his weapon, including the shot that killed him. Three of the shots were random blasts down the school’s hallway and one of them struck a 17-year-old girl who is now in critical condition.
According to FoxNews:
At one point, Pierson went into the library, where Murphy actually was located, but a janitor initiated a lockdown and Murphy was able to escape as Pierson entered the room. After that, Pierson set off one of the Molotov cocktails, setting at least three bookshelves on fire, investigators told KDVR.com. When an armed school resource officer entered the room, Pierson believed he was cornered and turned his gun on himself.
The attack only lasted 80 seconds and reports are saying that it was also caught on security camera.
A deputy sheriff (the good guy with the gun) who was acting as the school’s resource officer ran to the scene.
According to CNN:
The deputy was yelling for people to get down and identified himself as a county deputy sheriff, Robinson said. “We know for a fact that the shooter knew that the deputy was in the immediate area and, while the deputy was containing the shooter, the shooter took his own life.”
He praised the deputy’s response as “a critical element to the shooter’s decision” to kill himself, and lauded his response to hearing gunshots. “He went to the thunder,” he said. “He heard the noise of gunshot and, when many would run away from it, he ran toward it to make other people safe.”
Gun laws did not stop another school shooting from becoming a massacre. But just as the NRA recommended for schools across the country, an armed security official was able to keep a bad situation from becoming much worse.
The presence of a law did not stop the shooter, but the presence of a good guy with a gun did. Don’t expect the anti-gun activists to understand this concept, however. They are too busy trying to take guns out of the hands of the law abiding.