After the Aurora, Colorado movie theater shooting, the political left in the state moved quickly to enact stricter new gun laws as a response. Critics of this kind of reaction were quick to point out that gun laws don’t stop people intent on doing harm to innocents. Of course, this common sense axiom was met with ridicule and scorn because, you know… we have to do something. Reactionary politics rarely solves problems. And doing ‘something’ just for the sake of not standing idle makes it all the worse.
So what actually stopped the gunman at the Arapahoe high school?
(CNN) — It started just before 12:33 p.m. on Friday, moments after the high school senior and debate club member parked his car in the student lot at Arapahoe High School in suburban Denver, then — wearing a bandolier containing shotgun shells and carrying a pump-action shotgun, a machete and a backpack holding three Molotov cocktails — walked through a door adjacent to the library.
“He took no effort to conceal the fact that he was armed,” said Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson.
In less than 80 seconds, Karl Pierson “fired one random shot down a hallway,” then entered an area where 17-year-old Claire Esther Davis was seated with a friend, “and shot the female victim point-blank” in the head. “There was no time for the victim to run from the shooter,” Robinson told reporters on Saturday.
Pierson then fired another round down a hallway, then entered the library, where he fired again and ignited one of the Molotov cocktails, according to Robinson.
The rampage might have resulted in many more casualties had it not been for the quick response of a deputy sheriff who was working as a school resource officer at the school, Robinson said.
Once he learned of the threat, he ran — accompanied by an unarmed school security officer and two administrators — from the cafeteria to the library, Robinson said. “It’s a fairly long hallway, but the deputy sheriff got there very quickly.”
The deputy was yelling for people to get down and identified himself as a county deputy sheriff, Robinson said. “We know for a fact that the shooter knew that the deputy was in the immediate area and, while the deputy was containing the shooter, the shooter took his own life.”
The important points of this story are not being connected by the media. Colorado just recently passed new gun laws in an effort to prevent another mass shooting. These reactionary new laws didn’t stop the shooting at the school. What stopped the shooting was a good guy with a gun. A Sheriff’s deputy responded to the gun fire, and, when confronted, the shooter turned the gun on himself. The incident was over in 80 seconds.
Had the armed deputy not been there, the incident would have been over when the shooter ran out of ammunition. The body count would have been horrific. Gun laws don’t prevent criminals from carrying out their evil, they merely punish them if they are arrested.