There’s already been talk of this post on the blog, but I wanted to put my two cents in on the posting at the National Review.

As NRO’s designated chickenhawk, let me be the one to ask: Where was the spirit of self-defense here? Setting aside the ludicrous campus ban on licensed conceals, why didn’t anyone rush the guy? It’s not like this was Rambo, hosing the place down with automatic weapons. He had two handguns for goodness’ sake—one of them reportedly a .22.

Yes, yes, I know it’s easy to say these things: but didn’t the heroes of Flight 93 teach us anything? As the cliche goes—and like most cliches. It’s true—none of us knows what he’d do in a dire situation like that. I hope, however, that if I thought I was going to die anyway, I’d at least take a run at the guy.

As AMC notes over at Swampland, its really easy to say what we would hope we’d do in that situation. But I’ll tell you what happened: Self preservation. When somebody come storming into a classroom with guns blazing, I’d hope I would be the first to make a charge at the guy. But, at the same time, I can understand the impulse to hit the ground or run for it.

When you get on a plane, they tell you that, if there’s a loss in cabin preasure, you put your mask on first and then help the child beside you. Because you’re no good to anybody dead. —Greg Hambrick


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