Mayor Bloomberg claims that he doesn’t know what good a gun would do in stopping a school shooting. Allow me to remind him of Pearl High School and a would be massacre that occurred on Dec. 17, 1997. ”Would-be” being the operative term.
Bookish and overweight, a 16 year old kills his mother with a butcher knife, puts on a trench coat, hides his .30-30 rifle under it and drives to school. Upon arriving in the parking lot he opens fire killing two and injuring others.
He would have continued his killing spree, killing countless others, until hero assistant Principal Joel Myrick heard the shots and ran to his truck. He unlocked the door, removed his gun from its case, removed a round of bullets from another case, loaded the gun and went looking for the killer. “I’ve always kept a gun in the truck just in case something like this ever happened,” said Myrick.
The shooter, surprised that anyone would be armed and that his life might actually be in danger, tries to talk to Myrick but eventually drops to the ground and is subdued until police arrive.
This just strengthens my argument that mass shooters, by and large, are cowards and that is why they go to gun free zones. They do not need to fear an unarmed population. But the minute someone steps up to confront them with a firearm (be they police or a lawful citizen) they cower and either give up, flee, or kill themselves.
Chances are you never heard of Joel Myrick. Most periodicals that ran the story at the time, just wrote as little as they could about him. It is as if the press only grudgingly acknowledged his role. An armed principal stopping a school shooting? Nonsense, according to gun control zealots and their media accomplices that just never happens.
I am sure there are dozens of people who are alive today thanks to the heroism of Joel Myrick. The shooter, upon his arrest admitted that after he was done shooting up the high school he was going to make his way to the Junior high and continue his rampage. That was before an armed principal stopped the carnage in its tracks.
But for the media and ghouls like Bloomberg who feed their agenda with tragedy, such things apparently never happen.