Gun violence continued to rampage across the country with the latest news of the killing of four people by a deranged semi-naked man in a Waffle House near Nashville.
The student activist David Hogg reacted to the killings with a tweet that proved that he, like the other survivors of the mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida, will not miss an opportunity to promote their agenda of preventing shooting deaths through the enactment of common sense gun reforms.
Hogg saw the accounts of James Shaw Jr., the 29-year-old hero who wrestled the mentally disturbed shooter to the ground and disarmed him, throwing the man’s rifle over the counter in the Waffle House and preventing further deaths and injuries. He knew that this was the perfect example to use to undermine one of the NRA’s most insidious talking points and took to Twitter to make his point.
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Shaw was unarmed when he tackled the gunman and was uncomfortable with being labeled a hero for his actions, according to the Nashville newspaper The Tennessean.
“I don’t really know, when everyone said that (of being a hero), it feels selfish,” Shaw told the newspaper. “I was just trying to get myself out. I saw the opportunity and pretty much took it.”
Shaw had already been grazed by a bullet and was bleeding when he saw the shooter, whom Nashville police have identified as Travis Reinking, 29, of Morton, Illinois, stop to reload his rifle which thankfully was not a high capacity semi-automatic weapon. The heroic yet humble Shaw took the lull in firing as an opportunity to stop the carnage.
“I grabbed the gun and kept it down. He had one hand on it. I pulled it away and threw it over the bar,” he later recounted.
Shaw then pushed Reinking out the door of the diner but did not pursue him out of fear that he might have another weapon. The shooter then escaped and is still at large as a manhunt continues to try to capture him and bring him to justice.
David Hogg rightly points out the falsehood inherent in the NRA’s favorite slogan. It doesn’t always take a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun. Sometimes all you need is a good guy, especially when in a confined space more gunfire could lead to . more innocent victims.
Expect some NRA spin to the contrary any minute now.
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