It didn’t take long in the aftermath of the shooting at Seattle Pacific University for gun control advocates to claim that pepper spray is all we need to stop bad guys with guns. But while pepper spray was used to take down the suspect gun control did nothing to stop the shooting from taking place.
The Seattle Times reported,
Jon Meis, a student working as a building monitor, pepper-sprayed the shooter as he stopped to reload, then put him in a chokehold and took him to the ground, according to police and a friend who spoke with Meis after the shooting. Then other students and faculty members rushed to hold the shooter down until police arrived.
You will notice that the suspect was put into a chokehold after he was sprayed with the pepper spray. Why was this necessary if the pepper spray did its job? Well anyone who has had experience with pepper spray knows that while it can be very uncomfortable it does not incapacitate its victim and some can be virtually unaffected by it.
By the way, pepper spray is considered a weapon and just the fact that the student carried it may have been in violation of a “no weapons” policy unless he had permission from the school.
What the building monitor did was use his brain to take matters into his own hands and stop the shooter by any means possible. And since he was not allowed to have a firearm he used what tools he had on him, including a chokehold tactic.
Jon Meis is a hero by his own rights, but it is no thanks to gun control that did nothing to stop the shooter from coming into a “gun free zone” with a shotgun. That’s something that the anti-gunners are completely silent about.
Gun control advocates are commenting all over anti-gun blogs saying that all we need is pepper spray so let’s all just get rid of guns. But do they realize that the effective range of most pepper spray cans is about 6-8 feet? Some claim a longer distance but in reality they simply aren’t effective beyond a short range. And even at that distance it can be hard to aim or hit the target where it is needed. I would venture to say that it would not be very prudent to get that close to a crazed shooter, even if he was reloading.
Remember that the shooter used a shotgun, a weapon that even Joe Biden recommends. While the shooter was stopped while he was trying to reload, this is not a weapon that has been targeted for its “high capacity” capabilities and so gun control laws would have had no effect on this detail. And anyone who has a shotgun at home knows that it’s not the fastest weapon to reload.
The truth of the matter is that a “gun free zone” should have kept the shooter out. At least that’s what we are told by gun control supporters. But all a “gun free zone” does is keep the law abiding citizens disarmed while making them prime targets for maniacs.
The shooter was not stopped by gun control and he was not stopped by pepper spray. He was stopped because a student bravely took action, yes with the pepper spray, but also by putting the suspect in a chokehold and getting help from those around him.
We’ve documented hundreds of stories where guns saved lives and stopped the bad guys with no one else getting hurt, but these stories are almost always ignored by major media outlets.
Are gun control activists even asking themselves why so many of these shootings are happening in “gun free zones”? Leave a comment below to let us know what you think.
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