As liberal media continues desperately and futilely to convince the nation there’s no such thing as a good guy with a gun, one firearms group told Fox News that responsibly armed citizens are “critical’ in mitigating loss of life when sociopaths and misanthropes set out to kill innocent people.
Douglas Jefferson, the senior vice president for the National African American Gun Association told the outlet, “Dealing with an active shooter is dangerous under any circumstances. Because of this, we believe law-abiding citizens should have the right to carry firearms for protection as well as have the option to use said firearms to counter active shooters since law enforcement cannot be everywhere at once.”
“The tragedy in Indiana showed that motivated armed citizenry are a critical part of stopping such tragedies from becoming worse than they already are,” he said.
On Monday, CNN reporter Omar Jimenez brought up statistics from Texas State University rapid response training and claimed that of 434 active shooter attacks that have occurred between 2000 and 2021, only 22 ended at the hands of an armed bystander.
“If you look at the data, it’s incredibly rare for a bystander with a gun to stop an active shooter, but that’s exactly what happened here,” Jimenez said.
An opinion piece from the same left-wing echo chamber authored by Jill Filipovic suggested that Elisjsha Dicken, who stopped the Indiana mall shooter in his tracks wasn’t good enough to save the lives of the three persons killed by the shooter.
“Even with a ‘good guy’ present, the Indiana mall shooter was still able to kill three people, injure two and traumatize many others. That’s not a victory against gun violence; it’s a horrific scenario by any measure. And even the ‘good guy’ with the gun wasn’t exactly following the rules — the mall doesn’t allow weapons on its property, and he brought one in anyway,” Filipovic wrote.
And of course, the miserable wretches of ABC’s “The View” were compelled to offer their expert opinions on the matter.
“He had a gun permit, but he wasn’t supposed to be in the mall with a gun,” said co-host Sunny Hostin, claiming that Dicken broke the law. Fellow co-host Joy Behar said it was a “lucky moment.”
Lara Smith, the national spokesperson for the Liberal Gun Club agreed that incidents where a good Samaritan saved the day and prevented further loss of life were rare, but also said that mainstream media is biased when it comes to reporting on guns. However, she qualified that – curiously – by asserting that left-wing media isn’t biased on purpose.
“I was really pleased to see the AP style guide, you know, has finally stopped referring to AR-15s as weapons of war, like that. That just came out, I don’t know, last week, the week before. So I think that there is starting to be a better understanding of some of the technical parts of it,” Smith told Fox News Digital.
“A lot of people in the gun world don’t talk to the press. They don’t talk to the mainstream media. So if you’re only getting information from [gun control groups] Brady, Giffords, that kind of thing, you do have an agenda… If your only inputs are either, the kind of standard NRA talking points or Giffords, Bloomberg, the reporting becomes biased not because the reporters are biased, but because they can only get one side of the story as input. So when they get good input, the reporting is better.”
Stephen Gutowksi, founder of The Reload website, said he wishes that mainstream media would focus more on how firearms are more commonly used by responsible citizens, either for sport or self-defense or both.
“That’s what tends to be missing,” Gutowski said. “While there is a lot of coverage of the criminal use of firearms, there’s comparatively little coverage of guns being used in self-defense despite every credible estimate showing the latter to be more common. And the normal use of guns for target shooting, hunting, competition, or recreational shooting is almost never covered even though that is how the vast majority of firearms are used by the vast majority of people in everyday life.”
Cam Edwards, the editor of the Second Amendment news site Bearing Arms stressed the importance of effective firearms training.
“Every situation is different, of course, but generally speaking if someone has the means and the training to engage an individual who’s actively trying to murder as many innocent people as possible I don’t see any reason why we wouldn’t want them to act as quickly as possible,” he told the outlet.
He added, “I think this situation is really the epitome of why responsible owners, if you’re going to carry, get training.”
In the case of Elisjsha Dicken, Smith concurred with Edwards and said, “He [Dicken] clearly had the exact training he needed. He knew what to do. He didn’t hesitate. But, you know, if you’re just somebody who thinks, oh, wow, this is great, I’m going to go, you know, be a vigilante, that’s not a great idea,” she said.
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