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Mass murderers v. armed citizens

Tuesday, September 26th, 2017

But this never happens: Engle confronted Samson after he entered the church. Samson pistol-whipped Engle. After Samson shot himself, Engle went to his vehicle, got his own weapon and held Samson at gunpoint until police arrived, police said. Except when it does. The narrative in larger media outlets is different.

Mass murderers v. armed citizens

Monday, October 5th, 2015

Do civilians with guns ever stop mass shootings? Yes. I’ve been compiling a list as well.

Mass murderers v. armed citizens

Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Open carrier stops a mass murder.

Mass murderers v. armed citizens

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

I have a list. John Lott is compiling one too.

Mass murderers v. armed citizens

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

A PA doctor used his gun to shoot a crazy person who shot his case worker. Good thing the good doctor had the sense to disregard the hospital’s “no firearms” policy: Employees are prohibited from bringing firearms or explosives of any kind into the workplace.

Would be mass murderers v. armed citizens

Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

A mass shooting averted. Add it to the list.

Mass murderers v. armed citizens

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

9 documented at Buzzfeed. Here’s some more.

Mass Murderers V. Armed Citizens

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

An interesting read: The average number of people killed in mass shootings when stopped by police is 14.29 The average number of people killed in a mass shooting when stopped by a civilian is 2.33 Timely, since there was a mass shooting stopped by an armed man recently.

Mass murderers v. Armed Citizens

Monday, July 30th, 2012

Gun carrying man stops stabbing spree. Adding another to the growing list.

Mass murderers v. armed citizens

Monday, December 10th, 2007

Seems some whackjob decided to shoot up a church. However, an armed woman decided to end said whackjob’s plans. Ahab notes that: Colorado state law requires that an armed security guard who is not a member of law enforcement must be in possession of a concealed carry permit. I am currently in the process of […]

Mass murderers v. armed citizens

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

I’ve seen this said today, most recently by Kevin who notes: having more people armed in a situation like that is a recipe for more innocent deaths, not less. There is a definite lack of data regarding mass murderers v. armed citizens. I can only think of two instances where such a confrontation occurred: 1 […]

Mass stabbing

Sunday, November 6th, 2016

Stopped by man with a gun permit. Another for the mass murderers v. armed citizens file.

That mass shooting you didn’t hear about

Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Because a man with a gun shot the attacker. Another to add to the tally: Mass murderers v. armed citizens.

Clackamas Shooter Confronted by Armed Man

Saturday, December 15th, 2012

Seems he had to hold fire to avoid hitting passers-by: “I know after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself.” Other cases of mass-murderers v. armed citizens here and here.

Mass murderers v. armed victims

Monday, February 20th, 2012

Seen at Glenn’s: Workplace shooting sprees dont last nearly as long when everyone in the office has a gun on their hip. Or even just when one person is armed.

Stopping a bad guy with a gun usually involves a good guy with a gun

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

School resource officers confronted the shooter in less than a minute and prevented more carnage. Add it to the list.

Shooting Rampage Stats

Friday, August 3rd, 2012

This is not surprising with the police strategy of containment and not engaging: The average number of people killed in mass shootings when stopped by police is 14.3 The average number of people killed in a mass shooting when stopped by a civilian is 2.3. Seems consistent with what I’ve noted.

Quote of the day

Sunday, August 16th, 2009

Looking at guns on campus, the local sheriff opines: “In actual shootings, citizens do far better than law enforcement on hit potential,” said White. “They hit their targets and they don’t hit other people. I wish I could say the same for cops. We train more, they do better.” And citizens seem to have a […]


Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

So, by now, everyone has read the various comments on the 20/20 hit piece on guns. But the more interesting bit is that the game is rigged. The did a scenario to prove that a gun wouldn’t help in a mass shooting. Despite evidence to the contrary. The scenario is that they put a bunch […]


Monday, April 6th, 2009

I’ve touched on before how anti-gun folks ascribe magical powers to firearms. To them, firearms have the magical ability to turn you into a raging psycopath, shrink your penis, and turn otherwise reasonable people into frothing at the mouth lunatics. Or whatever. A flip side to that is touched on by Aunt B.: I do […]

Sticks and stones

Saturday, November 29th, 2008

Over at insty’s, a reader writes: So you think that ordinary citizens armed with handguns would slow down a surprise attack by trained paramilitary forces armed with automatic weapons, grenades and who knows what else? Im curious how you see that scenario playing out. Obviously, people should be armed with rifles, then. Seriously, the unarmed […]

ridiculous attempt at politicizing the event

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Ryan Jerz: Mass shooting? Id say this qualifies as a slight misrepresentation of the facts. By the accounts that have been published locally, the guy did not enter that bar hoping to wipe out a ton of people. He was shot while reloading. That seems to imply that he wasn’t done yet. I’m glad the […]

Guns in Bars

Wednesday, May 28th, 2008

Another mass shooting stopped by a carry permit holder: In the small town of Winnemucca Nevada a man bent on performing a mass shooting at a bar was stopped by an armed CCW permit holder who happened to be in the right place at the right time. The alleged mass murderer had already killed two […]

A recurring theme

Thursday, May 8th, 2008

Another mass shooting stopped by an armed person. Other such instances from the past.

East Tennessee on Guns – 2

Friday, March 7th, 2008

A few days ago, I noted that on a local radio show: Throughout the whole bit (that I listened to, anyway), not one person called in in support of more gun control. Today, that changed. Dave Foulk (who has a blog) was basically stating that, in light of recent events, that if people wanted to […]


Friday, February 15th, 2008

In a state where citizens are prohibited from carrying firearms, near a city where handguns are banned, on a school campus where firearms are prohibited (unless you have a note), there was another mass shooting. Seven dead, counting the shooter. Too bad no good guy was armed. Nothing to say that I haven’t said before. […]


Tuesday, December 11th, 2007

Mika Brzezinski on mass murderers and armed citizens when told that One person with a gun can make a big difference: You know, that is the most inane statement I have ever heard. Well, Jean Assam and at least eight other instances say you’re wrong.

Concealed carry permit numbers down

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

In NY. Shocking! Speaking of John Lott, he has an opinion piece that runs a familiar theme about more guns and how they would prevent mass murder. I would also point out my very unscientific accounting of mass murderers stopped by armed citizens.

Ok, who did it?

Thursday, May 3rd, 2007

My referral logs tell me that two posts of mine (Don’t Scare White People and Mass murderers v. armed citizens) are apparently getting quite a bit of play via email. Anyone know why?

Inside the mind of an anti-gunner

Thursday, April 19th, 2007

NK once asked why this site has no trolls. Well, I’m happy to report we do. See comments here and here. Not the sharpest knife in the drawer. His blog is here (update: oops, link added), if you want to have a laugh. Anyhoo, inside the mind of an anti-gunner, in which I put on […]

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