Monday, July 24, 2006

This Is Why I Carry A Gun

I'm a homicidal maniac, they look just like everyone else.-Wednesday Addams

Not so I can stop a homicidal maniac from killing unarmed people, but so I can insure that I and my family do not become one of their victims. From the Commercial Appeal (the main Memphis Rag), (via KABA) comes this story of how an armed man stopped a homicidal lunatic who had stabbed 7 people and then pursued another into the parking lot.
A knife-wielding employee of the grocery store at 9025 U.S. 64 stabbed seven co-workers Friday morning before the armed civilian apprehended him in the parking lot.
"He was stabbing the guy. I grabbed my pistol and ran over to him. I told him to drop the knife. He turned around and threw the knife and put his hands up," Cope said. "I was thinking, 'I'm going to shoot this guy if he keeps stabbing him.' "
Good call, Mr. Cope!
The cops came by to take the guy into custody and write up their book reports, but it was Joe Public who stopped this. Not the cops. Not the paramilitary SWAT Team, such as the ones that are running around breaking down doors. Of course the police had a comment concerning about the situation, too.
“We commend him,” Higgins said. “But we don’t encourage people to take that kind of risk. He could have been hurt.”
Really? And how was that going to happen? Knife versus gun has only one outcome in the real world. Maybe Officer Higgins has never heard that you shouldn't bring a knife to a gunfight? Then again it is possible that Officer Higgins meant that Mr. Cope (the good guy with the gun) might have been shot by the police who might have thought he was the knife wielding maniac? Hopefully Mr. Schnuck will reward Mr. Cope for doing a fine job in saving his employees lives.

Regardless of whether Schnuck's rewards him Mr. Cope gets a big thumbs up from me and my Bulldog! (Poor Bulldog doesn't know it yet, but he's being phased out for something with a lower profile and more lead throwing capacity. BD will be my backup man soon.)

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Ole Blue The Heretic said...

The ole you could have been hurt ploy is just as sickening as the "its for you own safety or the safety of the children."

I want to profide for my own safety.

What do they want a person to do? Put up being stabbed for about ten minutes until the police show up?

I believe the urban legend about police only being of average intelligience so they do not get bored with the job when I hear about stuff like cops saying "you could have been hurt."

Well he could have been killed morons but he was not because he had a gun and knew how to use it.

Michael said...

Mr Cope could have just been a bystander and never run the risk of an iota's harm. Instead he chose to go to the aid of someone in need. That's a humanitarian in anyones book. The only sad part is that he had to run back to his vehicle to obtain his weapon, rather than have it on him.