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It is about time some main stream columnist said what needed to be said.

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TownHall.com:

Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition

By Cal Thomas
Thursday, December 13, 2007

I have been waiting for this to happen. For years we have witnessed the carnage when innocents were mowed down at schools, colleges, shopping malls and post offices. The unarmed (disarmed?) were easy targets for crazed gunmen armed with grievances, weapons and ammunition.

Now someone has shot back, probably saving many lives. All of the gun-control laws that have been passed and are still being contemplated could not have had the affect of one armed, trained and law-abiding citizen on the scene like 42-year-old Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. The gunman, 24-year-old Mathew Murray, had been expelled from the Youth With a Mission (YWAM) organization for health reasons, according to officials. Authorities say Murray vowed revenge in several Web postings, which copied abundantly from the manifesto written by Columbine High School killer Eric Harris before the 1999 school massacre.

In rants laced with profanity, Murray lashed out against Christians he said had “brought this on yourselves.” He wrote that Christians “are to blame for most of the problems in the world.” Does that qualify as a “hate crime”? Probably not as such designations are usually given only to “oppressed minorities.”

It is Assam and not the shooter who received — and deserves — most of the media attention and praise. Calm and collected at a news conference, Assam detailed her movements and decision-making after hearing shots in the parking lot outside the church. She was especially attentive to possible danger after learning of the earlier shooting during which two people were killed at the YWAM facility several miles away. After hearing shots in the church parking lot, Assam said she walked about 100 yards through a hallway, hid herself and when Murray walked in, emerged from hiding and confronted him. “I was just asking God, bottom line, this is all you,” she said. “It was so loud. … It was scary. But God was with me. I asked him to be with me. And he never left my side.”

Assam is a former Minneapolis police officer who is licensed to carry a concealed weapon. She said she had been praying about what to do with her life and had volunteered to help with security at the 10,000-member church. She said, “I wasn’t going to wait for him to do other damage. I knew what I had to do.”

The El Paso County Coroner’s Office has since determined that Murray died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. But it doesn’t matter. With at least five guns, all that ammunition and more weapons in the car, according to police, Assam’s presence stopped Murray from killing and wounding more people inside the church, which appeared to be his intent.

Church Pastor Brady Boyd said he has a 15- to 20-member security staff because “that’s the reality of our world. I don’t think any of us grew up in churches where that was a reality, but today it is.”

Killers — ones with mental disorders, or terrorists — look for places with large gatherings to amplify their acts. That’s why in recent years they have selected targets ranging from the World Trade Center, to Columbine High School, to shopping malls and now a megachurch. On the rare occasions when an armed person has been on the scene before police arrive, such acts have been stopped before further damage could be done. When no armed person has been present, by the time the police show up the killing is usually over and the gunman has shot himself.

The point is that gun laws will not deter criminals with evil intent and police can’t be everywhere they’re needed. But killers can be stopped by law-abiding citizens with guns. As the Supreme Court considers its ruling on whether the strict gun laws in the District of Columbia are constitutional, it might remember Jeanne Assam and her courageous, proper and for now legal response to a lawless act. Though four were killed at the two locations and several others wounded, many more owe their lives to Assam, who should be the new poster woman for those who wish to preserve the right to keep and bear arms.

Cal Thomas is co-author (with Bob Beckel) of the forthcoming book, "Common Ground: How to Stop the Partisan War That is Destroying America"

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Very good Article well written

I live in the Peoples Republic of Maryland and unfortunately the Democrates own this State and would like nothing better then to have us all defenseless while they hide in their mansions.

If your here then you know what I mean....

TJW- OUT !
 

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I was born and lived the first 20 years of my life in COMMUNIST OCCUPIED MARYLAND and will never return. I've convinced all but a few of my family to run for their lives (to West Virginia) and only those few remain that cannot see the light.

I had a man approach me in downtown Hagerstown, when I was 18 years old, wanting me to buy some 'weed'

I told him to get lost, and he proceeded to pull a small revolver on me and threaten to shoot my kneecaps off.

Of course, there were witnesses all around (no one wanted to step forward) and no one willing to step in to assist.

I was defenseless and was completely stunned. All I could do was look at him for a few seconds in disbelief, and then something kicked in - lets call it self preservation, but it was a LOT of adrenaline too. I pushed him as hard as I could, and ran like hell across the street into my step fathers jewelery store. He looks at me and said "WTF is wrong?"

I said as I pointed... "That xxxxxx just threatened to kill me"

He grabbed a .38 from behind the counter and went out the door after the dude, who was still standing across the street. He put the pistol in the guys face and told him to get the fu*k on down the road, which started a screaming match between them.

FINALLY, a city officer shows up, and the guy takes off down the street into an alley. Much to my surprise, the officer gave no chase, but I learned later that he knew him and his whereabouts all too well. They picked him up later for questioning, but had nothing solid to arrest him for. All I could say was WTF? This was 1981.

I spent the next several months looking over my shoulder whenever I was downtown, and will never forget that feeling.

I inquired about getting a gun for personal protection, and was told I could not own a concealed weapon. I was young and dumb... so I believed what I was told.

Soon after that, I joined the military to get the hell out of Maryland and where do I get stationed? Andrews AFB - MARYLAND. I just can't seem to break away... and the CRIME WAS WORSE in Prince George's County. Go figure.

I finally PCS'd to a nice little place near Camp David and moved to WV - a shall issue state.

Been here 20 years now and I ain't never gonna live anyplace you can't protect yourself.

I now work in Virginia and thank GOD for reciprocity. I carry whenever legally possible.

I've had one armed conflict - with a punk who had a knife, but that is a story for some other time.

The bottom line is that I firmly believe that we need more people like Jeanne Assam - who will stand up and defend themselves and those around them from assholes like Murray.

Hell yes, she is a hero.

We need more people to step up and we need a nationwide carry permit.

I shall step down from my box.

Sorry tzoid, I am not trying to 'dis you for living in Maryland. I respect you for hanging in there.

Maryland has a lot of things going for it. Second Amendment freedom just ain't one of them.
 
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