CCW Holder Nick Meli at Clackamas Shooting
It's funny how selected bits of information seem to get left out of news stories when that information refutes the political position of the otherwise Liberal news media. When I first heard the news reports about the Clackamas Mall shooting, where a nut case goes in to the Mall, shoots two total strangers, then shoots himself, it sounded like only part of the story.
If the bad guy was out to shoot a bunch of people, why did he stop at two, and then shoot himself? It was mentioned that he had a gun jam, but that couldn't be the reason, as he was able to get a gun functioning again so he could shoot himself. So, what really happened?
As Paul Harvey used to say, "Now, for the REST of the story!"
Nick Meli, a security guard and CCW holder, intervened. He drew his weapon, and got his sights on the shooter. He also was positioned where he had some cover. (Good tactic). Unfortunately, there were people behind the shooter, and Nick, following the 4th Law of gun safety, held fire, waiting for a clear and safe shot. The shooter, realizing he was about to get taken out by Nick, scurried into a stairwell, cleared his jammed gun, and shot himself.
From all I can see, Nick did everything exactly as he should have done. Had the shooter aimed his rifle at someone, I'm sure Nick would have fired. What a great job. Nick should be a National hero and should get a Presidential Award. (Not likely)
Now, for a bit of speculation. How do you think the horrible tragedy at the school in Connecticut would have ended up if Nick Meli had been one of the teachers and was armed that day?
Yeah, me too.........