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Response to caseymoz (Reply #110)

Mon Dec 17, 2012, 10:55 AM

128. "Relevant" not "irrelevant"

 

Here's my post in it's entirety:


108. She charged an armed man barehanded and you think a story about what most soldiers do

is relevant?

If she'd had a gun she would have frozen, but she attacked barehanded?!

Really?!!


You misread my entire post if you read "relevant" as "irrelevant."

I have seen many videotapes of people shooting back. I doubt that they were all trained in specialized combat training. I have read many, many newspaper stories of people shooting armed robbers who "had the drop on them." Maybe most people would pee their pants and defecate and freeze and die. Perhaps the natural thing to do would be to ignore the gun or throw it away and charge headlong into the gunfire unarmed.

As for whether the woman charged the gunman, that report came out early and has persisted. It could be made up out of thin air, or the testimony of surviving children and forensic evidence may support it.

As for the idea that if a principal had a gun and heard shooting in her school, her first instinct would be to leave the gun and take on the attacker barehanded—it would take a lot of evidence for me to believe that. I'm not saying I can't be persuaded, just that I have a very difficult time believing that.

Let me state this for emphasis. My understanding is that the principal heard shooting while safely in her office. The gunman had to shoot to get through the locked doors at the front of the school. Her fight or flight moment happened when she decided to leave her office. She did not make her decision while personally being shot at. The idea that she would have left her gun even if she had one to go confront him unarmed is difficult to accept.

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