Yesterday, a 26 year old man loaded a gun and committed mass murder at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. New reports indicate that the man (whose name doesn’t deserve any more ink on this site) killed at least 9 people and injured many more before police neutralized him. Four guns believed to belong to the shooter were recovered at the scene.

Amid the horror comes the story of 30 year-old Chris Mintz, a student and Army veteran who was shot 7 times while trying to protect his classmates from the gunman. That’s his picture at the top of the page—his actions earned him the spot. Mintz reportedly blocked the door to the classroom he was in to prevent the shooter from entering. When the shooter did manage to enter the room, Mintz was shot several times. He is currently recovering in a local hospital and is expected to survive.

More from ABC News:

“I just hope that everyone else is OK,” he told ABC News this morning.

“I’m just worried about everyone else.

The man’s actions in the fatal shooting, where 10 people died and seven, including himself, were injured, did not go unnoticed by his peers.

“He ran to the library and pulled the alarms and he was telling people to run, grabbing people, telling them, ‘You just have to go,'” witness Hannah Miles told ABC News.

“He actually ran back towards the building where the shooting was and he ran back into the building and I don’t know what happened to him,” she said of Mintz.

Mintz’s cousin launched a GoFundMe page to help pay for his ensuing medical bills.

“During the shooting both of his legs were broken and he is going to have to go through a ton of physical therapy,” Mintz’s cousin Derek Bourgeois wrote on the page.

This is what we should be talking about—humans stepping up on behalf of other humans against evil. Instead—as is always the case—we’re once again talking about gun control. President Obama kicked off the debate yesterday before the bodies were cold, and the media quickly followed suit.

Fortunately, our people are better than theirs. This morning Charles C.W. Cooke appeared on MSNBCs Morning Joe and absolutely destroyed the anti-gun lobby’s arguments for more regulations on firearms.


Crowder has the transcript:

“Joe Biden doesn’t know how to fix this problem. I don’t know how to fix this problem. I think it’s fair to say you don’t know how to fix this problem. It’s a very complex question in a country with 300 to 350 million guns on the street. The way they talk is as if they have the answer and there are these recalcitrant forces in the country that say ‘no, no, no,’ even though deep down they know their legislation will work. That’s simply not the case. It’s far more complicated than that.”

The panel pushed back, claiming moral authority in spite of a lack of expertise (on anything? Listen to the video, maybe you’ll agree with me on that one) but Cooke didn’t back down.

This is the sort of “dialogue” we need about gun control—especially when every progressive from the president on down is taking to the bully pulpit and insisting that Second Amendment advocates have a default coating of blood on their hands.

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