October 3, 2006
Since the horrific Sandy Hook school shooting, this post has garnered much attention, becoming the 2nd most read post in the history of this blog. Some comments left have attempted to deny the effectiveness of arming qualified teachers and citizens for self protection, requiring me to add an update of more examples at the end. Please read those after the original.
Once again, tragedy has hit one of our schools in America. A gunman invaded an Amish School in Pennsylvania and several girls were brutally murdered. A tragedy beyond any comprehension since everyone knows the Amish people are very docile and peace loving.
Naturally, the gun control, anti-second amendment crowd can’t wait to jump on this, reminding us all of the other school shootings that have horrified communities. From Springfield, Oregon to Columbine, Colorado, they can’t wait to parade these tragedies as proof we need to take guns out of the hands of responsible gun owners.
Conveniently overlooked, though, is the one school shooting they never want to talk about, Pearl High School in Pearl Mississippi, October 1, 1997.
A 16 year-old student, Luke Woodham, after slitting his mothers throat, showed up at school with a .30-30 rifle and started shooting. Upon hearing the shots, the Principal immediately called 911 seeking help from the Police, as more shots rang out.
Assistant Principal, Joel Myrick, reacted much differently, though. Hearing the shots, he ran to his parked truck and retrieved his own .45 caliber pistol and chased Woodham down, holding him at bay by pointing the loaded weapon right at his face. Woodham stopped his carnage right there.
Assistant Principal Myrick then forced Woodham to the ground and placed his foot on the student shooters neck.
For an action as heroic as Myricks we would think the community would thank him, would honor him or otherwise show gratitude. In reality, they treated him as a leper, even though he stopped the carnage. All the gun control advocates saw was a teacher with a gun aimed at a student and who placed his foot on a student’s neck. That the student had brutally murdered his own mother and shot two young female students to death, while wounding 7 others, doesn’t faze them.
Had Mr. Myrick not reacted as he did, how many more may have died? How many Police may have been shot at and possibly killed also? They fail to see the student himself may have been shot and killed in any ensuing melee.
Are armed guards the answer for schools? As the adult shooters who have barged in to the schools at the latest shooting shows, metal detectors won’t stop them either. Could a properly trained and armed Principal be able to stop another shooting? I can’t say the Amish would even allow an armed teacher or guard, as their beliefs don’t embrace guns. That could also be why their school was chosen over others, they were unarmed, unguarded and an easy target. No one is ever targeted because they are too strong, only too weak.
I can’t honestly say arming a qualified teacher would stop all of them, but it sure did put a stop to the Pearl High School shooting, the one school shooting you will never hear the left gun control crowd embrace.
UPDATED Dec. 18, 2012:
Once again we have seen a crazed madman force his way into a school and murdering 20 small children and school staff. As expected, we are seeing knee jerk reactions demanding further disarming of the innocent public instead of allowing qualified school staff to arm themselves to be able to respond to an unlikely recurrence at another school.
Since this post was written many years ago, I am compelled to update it with more examples and articles of those who have saved lives with their own weapons against such criminals and madmen.
One such reminder is the emotional testimony of Suzanna Gratia-Hupp who witnessed her parents being gunned down in the 1991 Luby’s Restaurant shooting in Killeen, Texas. She owned a gun, but left it locked in the glove box of her car to be in compliance with the law banning guns in restaurants then.
35-year-old George Pierre Hennard did not care about complying with the law and slaughtered 23 people while wounding another 20 before committing suicide.
Some marginalize what Joel Myrick did in this shooting at Pearl, Mississippi, but the article "A Principal and his Gun" tells us, "Woodham knew cops would arrive before too long, so he was all business, no play. No talk of Jesus, just shooting and reloading, shooting and reloading. He shot until he heard sirens, and then ran to his car. His plan, authorities subsequently learned, was to drive to nearby Pearl Junior High School and shoot more kids before police could show up."
We also have Armed Parishioner shoots gunman
Appalachian Law School Shootings, stopped by armed students
Stabbing spree ended by armed citizen
Clackamas mall shooter faced man with concealed weapon, resulting in the shooter's suicide instead of continued carnage.
We also read, Stats Prove Gun Control Does Not Work
Nail salon customer packs heat, gunman leaves
As for all of the hysteria whipped up over those evil "assault weapons,"
The real discussion needed is not further disarming innocent citizens, but how to more effectively deal with mentally unstable people.
The problem is not the gun, but the person holding the gun, or the knife, the baseball bat, hammer, screwdriver or whatever else they decide to use to kill others.
After all, school children in China are and have been under assault by madmen and they have very strict gun laws where few are able to own a gun.
Lastly, I'll leave you with one thought to ponder. If training and arming qualified teachers and school staff will not protect our children, how does arming secret service agents protect Barack Obama's children? Are his children more important than yours?