• What If Someone In The Pulse Nightclub Would Have Been Armed?

    After the massacre of 20 six and seven-year-olds in Newtown, Connecticut at the Sandy Hook Elementary School I realized we aren’t safe anywhere.

    What level crazy or zealotry or evil could allow a human being to put a 6 year old on their knees and shoot them in head?

    Of course, it is beyond reason and logic.

    Have you ever seen a classroom of 6 year olds? It is perhaps the sweetest place on earth. A place of coloring and hugs. Sharing and naps. A place where stickers are proudly earned and displayed. How could someone slaughter that? How?

    I had no answer.

    I only wished someone would have stopped that crazy SOB before he did what he did.

    That emotion is what drove me to write my novel titled, Mercy Shot. The story of a man who just went to church one day, a Sunday like any other…until evil walked in the back door and opened fire. In my story, someone was carrying a concealed weapon. Someone was there to return fire. A hero? To some…to others a villain to be charged.

    I have taken a lot of flak for this story, but I still hold with it’s intent.

    Many American’s are willing to defend themselves and their families, even if it means their own death. It’s worth it, just for the chance to fight back and stop one of these jack-wagon crazies and maybe save the lives of friend or family.

    Here are few stories from a piece that details my point with the book…guns in the hands of honest Americans saves lives. The article is titled 12 Times Mass Shootings Were Stopped By Good Guys With Guns:

    1. Pearl High School


    Oct. 1, 1997
    Luke Woodham fatally stabbed his mother at home before opening fire at his high school, killing two students and injuring seven others. The attack was stopped when Assistant Principal Joel Myrick retrieved his .45 caliber handgun from his truck and confronted Woodham, detaining him until authorities could arrive.

    Myrick’s action stopped Woodham from going across the street to the middle school as he had planned.


    2. Parker Middle School


    April 24, 1998
    A 14-year-old student showed up to his middle school dance carrying a .25-caliber pistol. He opened fire inside the dance, killing one teacher and wounding another as well as two students. The rampage ended when James Strand, owner of the banquet hall the dance was happening in, grabbed his personal shotgun and confronted the 14-year-old killer. Strand held the teen at gunpoint for 11 minutes before finally getting him to drop the weapon and lie on the ground and searching him for additional weapons.


    3. Appalachian School of Law


    Jan. 16, 2002
    A 43-year-old former student armed with a .380 handgun killed Dean Anthony Sutin and Professor Thomas Blackwell with point blank shots and went on to kill fellow student Angela Dales as well as wounding three others before being confronted at gunpoint by law students Tracy Bridges, a county sheriff’s deputy, and Mikael Gross, a police officer, after retrieving their personal handguns from their vehicles. The gunman was then apprehended by other students.

    Gross and Bridges lost valuable response time accessing their handguns because of the law school’s standing as a gun-free zone.


    4. New Life Church


    Dec. 9, 2007
    2 parishioners were killed and 3 wounded when a gunman toting a Bushmaster AR-15 opened fire at New Hope Church. Hearing the rifle fire,  Jeanne Assam grabbed her personal concealed carry firearm and confronted the gunman from a distance of 20 yards. According to 5280 Magazine:

    She fires five quick shots. Murray falls backward. Assam moves to the middle of the corridor and rushes forward. She’s a few dozen feet from Murray now, exposed in the middle of the hallway. “Drop your weapon, or I will kill you!” she yells. Murray sits up to face her. He’s still holding the rifle. Boom-boom-boom. Bullets rip past her and pepper a wall. While Murray shoots, Assam fires three times.

    Through the haze of gun smoke, Assam sees the man struggling on the floor. He props his head against a wall. Her weapon is up, trained on the man. She sees his hands moving near his shoulder. He’s trying to pull the pin on a grenade. He’s going to kill everyone around here, Assam thinks. She instinctively steps back and fires two more shots.


    5. New York Mills AT&T Store


    May 27, 2010
    A 79-year-old man entered an AT&T store in New York Mills, New York carrying a .357 magnum revolver in his hand and a list of employees he planned to kill in his pocket. Hearing the hand cannon go off, Donald J. Moore drew his own personal weapon and killed the gunman before he could complete his plan. One employee was wounded in the shooting.


    6. Sullivan Central High School


    August 30, 2010
    When a 62-year-old man armed with two handguns forced his way into Sullivan Central High School in Tennessee, he was immediately engaged by School Resource Officer Carolyn Gudger. Gudger put her body between the gunman and a student and started what would turn out to be a more than 10 minute gun-to-gun encounter. Gudger used the time to slowly move the man to a less crowded part of the school. When other officers arrived on the scene, a brief gun battle erupted ending with the gunman mortally wounded.


    7. Freewill Baptist Church


    March 25, 2012
    Aaron Guyton was inside the recreation building of his grandfather’s church when he saw Jessie Gates, a member of the congregation, pulling a shotgun from his vehicle. Guyton leapt into action, locking the doors to the church where services were going on. Gates kicked in the door and pointed the shotgun at Rev. Henry Guyton and several parishioners. Drawing his concealed handgun, the younger Guyton held Gates at gunpoint while two members of the church took him to the ground. Rev. Guyton then took the shotgun from his hand.

    Liberals and gun control nuts won’t face this fact. They won’t believe it to be true. They live in a land of unicorns and flowers. A place where no gun exists. Well, that is not reality.

    If you are a citizen who doesn’t want to die on your knees or cowering in a bathroom…arm yourself. Get training. Go shooting. Carry a weapon. Save your friends.

    I wish somebody at the nightclub in Orlando would have had more than a smart phone in their pocket. I wish someone would have dropped that crazy Jihadi bastard before he killed so many people…but no one was armed and he shouted Allahu Akbar and shot it up at will till the cops arrived.

    A lot of people can die before the cops arrive. We have the fastest response time for police in all the world…yet 49 people are dead.

    Protect yourself. It’s a dangerous world out there. Don’t die for lack of shooting back.

    Click here to learn more about the book, Mercy Shot.


    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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