Americans have allowed themselves to be so pussified..yes that’s right..pussified that we will cower in fear. It turns out the shooter reloaded TWICE! Not from his belt but from a backpack?!?!? Come on folks if within that amount of time you cannot bring yourself to at least charge this asshat then frankly anyone who got shot and died while allowing this fool to reload deserves what they got. Call me insensitive but this is the final straw for me in terms of the wimping of the American public. For all your citizens who voted in people who advocated gun control, who advocated the dumbing down of the education system, who voted for representatives who hate this country….the blood of every massacre victim now and in the future is on your hands.
The shooter reloaded two handguns with ammunition from his backpack during the killings, Downing said. Harper-Mercer was “firing on people who were just lying there,” Downing said.
The shooter reloaded twice?!
Further, he didn’t have his magazines immediately at-hand (e.g. in a belt pouch or similar) and got them from his backpack?
What are we talking here — 10 seconds or so for each reload? The people in the room, who had just witnessed their friends getting shot in the head, sat still for long enough to allow this clownface to reload twice?
It gets better. What I have long maintained is that these shootings are about control and as soon as challenged by anyone who gets aggressive the shooter tends to kill themselves because control is the entire point.
This is why the shooters go to “Gun Free Zones” to commit their horrific act — they know that law-abiding citizens will not be carrying arms suitable for attempting interruption of their control. It’s also why the mall shooter who was confronted by an armed citizen retreated into a side hallway and shot himself; he lost control, even though the citizen never got a shot off because there were too many other people in the area he might have hit by accident.
And it’s why this shooter, once wounded, killed himself instead of going down fighting.
He didn’t come to fight, he came to exert “control” and murder defenseless people.
As soon as that paradigm was shattered in this mind he was done.
If we removed that paradigm from his consideration by dropping the so-called “Gun Free Zones” that he read as “Murder Here, You’re In Control”, thereby raising the risk that he would confront others willing and able to offer armed resistance to his plan, the assault probably wouldn’t have happened.
But until such a change takes place (and it only will if you insist that the Second Amendment be enforced as written, America) the fact remains that if you find yourself in such a circumstance your best option is to take any tactical advantage, no matter how fleeting, to attack. There were two such opportunities here and while there is no guarantee of success it certainly beats lying on the ground while the shooter reloads; not only might you succeed in preventing him from getting that mag into the gun it’s a hell of a lot harder to hit a moving target than one that’s quietly lying on the floor.