Colin Noir, if you haven’t heard of him, is a self-proclaimed gun enthusiast. He’s also a smart dude, because like many of us, he’s noticed a pretty receptive pattern following mass shootings.
Amen, brother. Wait…
Amen, generically-ethnic man with whom I have no direct racial association.
Unless the shooter doesn’t fit the ‘all white men are evil’ narrative (see Lester Flanagan) the media instead hero-worships (albeit inadvertently) the shooter and tries desperately to understand him. Why did he do it? What made him so deranged? And most of all, GUNS ARE EVIL!
Noir is right. If we want to stop mass shootings, then need to stop giving these weak, pathetic men who shoot innocent people the martyr status they desperately seek. We need to honor the real heroes, like Chris Mintz who was shot seven times while saving lives amidst yesterday’s Oregon school shooting.
Other heroes we need to recognize:
Bill Badger, the man who tackled the gunman who shot Gabrielle Giffords. He recently died of pneumonia at 78 years old.
Lisa Castellano, a police officer who was off duty, stopped a shooting rampage in a theatre in San Antonio, Texas. The shooting, which was not a mass shooting thanks to Castellano (and her gun skills) was days after the shooting at Newtown.
Nick Meli, who was 22 at the time of the shooting at the Clackamas Town Center Mall in Oregon, stopped a gunman with a gun of his own. Because he was a concealed carry holder.
Heroes like these should be lionized for their bravery. We should give them awards, honors, media recognition, and invitations to the White House for putting their lives in danger to save the lives of other people. Maybe even exempting them from paying taxes for the rest of their lives…just an idea.
No more lionizing the shooters. No more attention to the sickos who shoot up innocent people. If enough is really enough, let’s stop giving these psychos what they really want: relevance and attention.
Also, if they happen to be caught alive, let’s require them to watch an “I Am Cait” marathon.