Bad Guy With Gun Stopped by Good Guy With Pepper Spray

Seattle Pacific University "Hero" John Meese

Seattle Pacific University “Hero” Jon Meis

The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun, right?

Maybe not.

SEATTLE (AP) — When a lone gunman armed with a shotgun at a small Seattle university stopped firing at students to reload, another student pepper-sprayed him and subdued him with the help of others and prevented more deaths, police said.

“There are a number of heroes in this,” Assistant Police Chief Paul McDonagh said. “The people around him (the gunman) stepped up.”

Can you recall ever reading a genuine account of a so-called ‘bad guy with a gun’ being stopped by a self-appointed Rambo with a gun? I can’t.

Unfortunately you have to go all the way back to 1992 to find relevant data because Congress subsequently banned federal funding for studies of gun violence, but according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics guns are used in self-defense in approximately 1 percent of violent crimes.

It’s possible that statistic has changed in the last 20 years, but it couldn’t have changed much or else we would hear about it more often than never.

According to KIRO 7 in Seattle, the shooter visited Columbine High School in the past and apparently wanted to repeat it. The young man who pepper-sprayed him is pictured above.

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  • Victor_the_Crab

    Wayne LaPierre: “PAY NO ATTENTION TO THE LOSER WITH THE SPRAYCAN!!! ONLY GOOD GUYS WITH GUNS CAN STOP BAD GUYS WITH GUNS!!! ANYTHING ELSE IS MENTAL IN OUR OPINION!!!”

  • GrafZeppelin127

    Gun nuts have a few good-guy-with-gun anecdotes that have been selected and prepared for them to deploy when pressed on this question. They invariably involve off-duty or ex- police, military, &c.

    • LeShan Jones

      Or its a case of surprising a supposed thief who runs away, they just happened to have a gun on them that they may or may not have brandished to scared off the suspect. In short, their weapon played no real part in stopping the crime.

    • john fremont

      The only incident I can recall was the principal who ran out to the school parking lot and got his gun out of his trunk to stop a school shooting.

  • LeShan Jones

    Took him down as he tried to reload, I remember Rachael Maddow mentioning that the last few shooters at the time were taken down as the were reloading after the Gabby Gifford’s shooting. Gun-nut response is usually to brag about how quickly they themselves can reload a weapon as a reason not to focus on magazine size, completely ignoring the facts… as usual.
    The ammosexuals will insist that there are plenty of instances of a “good guy” with a gun taking down a “bad guy ” , they just aren’t reported on in the media. If such instances actually were occurring, the NRA and their enablers would be pushing the story every chance they got.