VMI77 wrote:What about stories like that of the store owner in Houston who got in a gun battle with four gang bangers [sic] and though wounded himself, killed all of them, saving himself and his wife from being murdered? They were Hispanic, so it seems like political correctness alone would make that a great story, but a huge percentage of the population would find that kind of bravery and indomitable spirit inspiring. Not in the national news, nor is virtually any such story of self-defense. Those of us who don't live in Houston probably wouldn't even know about it if it wasn't for the internet and forums like this one.
To remind newer visitors of this act of bravery, from almost exactly one year ago: viewtopic.php?f=108&t=40467
Ramon Castillo was a gun owner, albeit without any significant training. Castillo nevertheless proved that commitment, intent, and fortitude can overcome armed and overwhelming odds. He had firearms, and he was protecting himself and his wife from certain death.
Sandy Hooks Elementary School Principal Dawn Hochsprung did everything she could do in the first encounter with the mentally ill shooter. She sacrificed her life trying to stop him.
But all she could do was switch on the PA system as a way to warn the various classrooms then, unarmed, physically confront the shooter who had broken through the glass front door.
President Obama is correct: something must be done.
Removing firearms from the hands of honest, moral, law-abiding citizens is not the correct answer. In fact, the obverse is the solution.
We now know how brave and fearless Dawn Hochsprung was.
With even a minimal amount of firearms training, if carrying a concealed handgun Dawn Hochsprung might have ended the threat from this 20-year-old, mentally-impaired assassin before children were ever harmed.