New York Times: In case of mass shooting, throw a trash can

Last week, a Wall Street Journal article reported that states easing gun-control rules outnumber those enacting stricter regulations of Second Amendment rights by a 2-1 margin, contrary to claims by U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., and other gun-control advocates that their side is gaining momentum.

On Sunday, an article in the New York Times – not exactly a conservative-leaning news outlet —reported that police officials nationally are recommending potential victims in mass shootings take action on their own if they want to survive an attack, since law enforcement probably won’t get there until it’s too late.

The article, “In Shift, Police Advise Taking on Active Role to Counter Mass Attacks,” notes that police officials acknowledge victims in mass shootings, such as the Connecticut massacre in December, the Aurora, Colo., movie theater killings last June, etc., are pretty much on their own since armed help usually arrives on the scene after the worst carnage has been committed.

This being the Times, it’s not until 10 paragraphs in that the article gets around to mentioning that in three of 84 mass shootings studied between 2000 and 2010 the attacker was shot by potential victims before outside help arrived. In 16 cases, according to the article, victims subdued the attacker by other means. That leaves 65 cases of helpless, unarmed people left to hide, play dead or end up very dead  themselves when some nut bent on murder erupts in their midst.

A normal person might conclude from this that if victims were able to shoot their attackers in three cases, things might have been different if the victims were armed in the other 81 cases studied, right?

Probably. But normal conclusions don’t make it into New York Times gun coverage.

Instead, the article helpfully notes that the University of Wisconsin, Madison, police department has made a video showing students “throwing a garbage can at an attacker and charging him as a group.”

So, there you have it. Guns don’t stop mass murderers. Trash cans stop mass murderers.

Just remember to charge in a group.


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