I missed this story, probably because there was scarcely a peep out of the national media. Unlike the registered sex offender with a conviction for attempted murder who used a gun to take three hostages at a Wytheville, Va., post office. That story was all over the place. But not this one. Could it be media bias?
On December 17th in Oklahoma City, a drunken Marine home for the holidays opened fire at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex. According to one article I found thanks to John Lott, "the man initially went into the apartment complex's main office. When employees locked him out, he opened fire in the parking lot." It is what happened next that apparently made it unnewsworthy.
As the man was firing shots, another citizen armed with a gun came around the corner and ordered the gunman to put his weapon down. The gunman dropped his weapon and ran into his father's apartment and barricaded himself inside.
No injuries, no casualties, not even the gunman. All because a legally armed citizen was there to stop the violence.
Where's the national attention? Maybe it was covered extensively in Oklahoma City, but I saw no articles anywhere and no hand-wringing from my local media or the national talking heads. Why not? Because it is yet another example of armed citizens stopping crime, which incidentally does most often happen without a shot being fired.
Fortunately it wasn't a victim disarmament zone. A "no guns allowed" sign would have no more detracted the shooter than a "no shooting at apartment buildings in broad daylight, moron" sign.
"I carry a gun cause a cop is too heavy."
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