WASHINGTON, June 10, 2014 — Another school shooting happened today.
This time it occurred at Reynolds High School located in Troutdale, Oregon.
The investigation of this latest shooting is still in its early stages, but what is known at this point is that during a first period gym glass, a gunman entered the school with a semi automatic weapon and shot a student. The local police department is reporting that the student and the gunman are now deceased.
Parents across the country are at a point that when a school shooting is reported, they no longer are shocked by the incident. Instead, they hold their breath until the name of the school is reported so they can say a prayer for those who have been hurt but also one for the fact that at least today, their children have been spared.
Even though the full details about this latest incident have yet to be revealed, there is one detail that is crystal clear: Someone who should never have been able to lay his hands on a weapon managed to obtain one and used it for evil.
The NRA has been telling us for about two years now that the problem is not that this shooter was able to get a weapon and ammunition, but that other people in that school did not have their own semi automatics to combat the evil-doer.
Remember when NRA executive, Wayne LaPierre, cleverly told us after the Newton shooting that “the only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun”.
Unfortunately Mr. LaPierre’s call to arms was disproven two days ago in another mass shooting this week. Just for clarification, today is Tuesday.
On June 8, 2014, two police officers and a third victim were killed in Las Vegas by a pair of gunman, reportedly telling a bystander that the killings were part of a “revolution.”
The shooters were identified as a married couple, Jared Miller, 31, and Amanda Miller, 22.
The shootings began Sunday afternoon at a Cici’s restaurant where the two police officers, Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo, were having lunch.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Assistant Sheriff Kevin McMahill said at a Monday press conference that Jared Miller pulled a handgun out and shot Officer Soldo in the back of the head.
Officer Beck immediately started to respond but was shot in the throat by Miller. At this point, Amanda Miller removed her handgun from her purse and both of the Millers fired multiple shots into Officer Beck.
After the shooting, police say the couple took the officers’ handguns and ran across the street to a nearby Wal-mart. There, police say, Jerad Miller fired off one round and told everyone to get out of the store.
It is what takes place inside that Walmart that makes Mr. LaPierre’s argument seem so ridiculous in hindsight.
Robert Wilcox, 31 was shopping inside that store with a concealed sidearm.
Wilcox no doubt had also heard over the past two years how all we were waiting for was a good guy with a gun to be at a location when one of these criminals came in to hurt others. Boy won’t that criminal be surprised and all of this senseless violence will end.
And Robert Wilcox was a good guy. He was a good guy with a gun.
Wilcox confronted Jared Miller. Unfortunately, he was unaware that Amanda Miller was an accomplice, and when he walked past her to her husband, she shot Wilcox in the body.
The NRA had us believing that if this exact situation was ever to happen, it would have a happy ending just like in an action movie.
Instead, the end result was another dead good guy.
Robert Wilcox died a hero trying to protect innocents. If he did not have his weapon on him and had cleared the store like every other person in Wal-mart that day, he would still be alive.
Wilcox was sold a bill of goods by the NRA and Wayne LaPierre when he was convinced that he would be able to stop a “bad guy” with a gun. In reality, Robert Wilcox never stood a chance.
Wilcox was between jobs at the time of his death and looking for work as a web designer. He believed strongly in the right to bear arms, but as a web designer, likely did not have the training, equipment or support necessary to walk away from a madman with a gun who has nothing to lose.
The men who did have the training, equipment and backup were lying dead on the flood of Cici’s. What chance did Wilcox have?
A memorial fund has been set up for Joseph Robert Wilcox at Wells Fargo Bank. Those who wish to contribute can do so using the account number 8485852688.
The NRA was established to primarily educate and train people in safe use and handling of rifles. Many who now oppose the NRA would support the organization emotionally and financially if they were to go back to their original purpose and not continue their march towards the radical message they seem to be approaching.
An opinion poll taken a year ago by The Washington Post and ABC News showed that the favorable opinions toward the NRA had fallen to an all time low of 36 percent.
It is hard to believe that anyone is watching the news this week and thinking that America’s gun policy is working.
Both sides need to stop spouting unproductive rhetoric and instead find a compromise. Yes, that dreaded “C” word, compromise.
Some people should be able to carry their weapons, but not everybody.
The politicians, who are hired to protect us, need to show just a portion of the bravery Joseph R. Wilcox did two days ago and admit that something needs to change.
It will probably mean less money in the politicians pocket and war chest from the NRA, but it is the right thing to do.
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