On January 16, 2002, Peter Odighizuwa, 43, of Nigeria, a student at Appalachian School of Law, arrived on the campus. While it was widely reported at the time that Odighizuwa had flunked out of school, he had evidenty voluntarily withdrawn because of his poor academic performance.
Odighizuwa first discussed his academic problems with professor Dale Rubin, where it is reported that he told Rubin to pray for him. Odighizuwa then walked to the offices of Dean Anthony Sutin and Professor Thomas Blackwell, where Odighizuwa opened fire with a .380 ACP semi-automatic handgun. According to a county coroner, powder burns indicated that both people were shot at point blank range. Killed along with the two staff members was a student, Angela Denise Dales, age 33. Three other people were wounded. […]
When Odighizuwa exited the building where the shooting took place, he was approached by two students with personal firearms. At the first sound of gunfire, fellow students Tracy Bridges and Mikael Gross (an off-duty police officer), unbeknownst to the other, had run to their vehicles to grab their personal firearms (with Bridges pulling his .357 Magnum pistol from beneath the driver’s seat of his Chevy Tahoe). As Bridges later told the Richmond Times Dispatch, he was prepared to shoot to kill.
Bridges and Gross approached Odighizuwa from different angles, with Bridges yelling at Odighizuwa to drop his gun. Odighizuwa then dropped his firearm and was subdued by a third student, Ted Besen, who was unarmed. Once Odighizuwa was securely held down Gross went back to his vehicle and retrieved handcuffs to help hold Odighizuwa until police could arrive. Police reports noted there were two empty eight round magazines belonging to OdighizuwaÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â€žÂ¢s handgun. It is unclear whether Odighizuwa ran out of ammunition or if there was still a round in the chamber at the time that he dropped his firearm.
I think that speaks for itself.
But by the way, this post wasn’t written to suggest that the kids should have rushed the guy. I’m just saying that the armed society has its advantages when people go nuts.
And that’s why I think John Derbyshire’s comments about non-armed students confronting Cho are moronic and dangerous…
As NRO’s designated chickenhawk, let me be the one to ask: Where was the spirit of self-defense here? Setting aside the ludicrous campus ban on licensed conceals, why didn’t anyone rush the guy? It’s not like this was Rambo, hosing the place down with automatic weapons. He had two handguns for goodness’ sakeÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?one of them reportedly a .22.
At the very least, count the shots and jump him reloading or changing hands. Better yet, just jump him. Handguns aren’t very accurate, even at close range. I shoot mine all the time at the range, and I still can’t hit squat. I doubt this guy was any better than I am. And even if hit, a .22 needs to find something important to do real damageÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?your chances aren’t bad.
Yes, yes, I know it’s easy to say these things: but didn’t the heroes of Flight 93 teach us anything? As the cliche goesÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?and like most cliches. It’s trueÃƒÂ¢Ã¢â€šÂ¬Ã¢â‚¬?none of us knows what he’d do in a dire situation like that. I hope, however, that if I thought I was going to die anyway, I’d at least take a run at the guy.
Yeah, that’s the first thing I’d think of when somebody was shooting at me. And then I’d wait for just the right time and give him a roundhouse kick to the face, knock him out and kiss the nearest woman because I’m such a bad ass.
Seriously, what a moron.
But the fun doesn’t stop there. Next we have Nathanael Blake from Human Events Online rocking the “action hero” meme in a post entitled “Where Were The Men?”
College classrooms have scads of young men who are at their physical peak, and none of them seems to have done anything beyond ducking, running, and holding doors shut. Meanwhile, an old man hurled his body at the shooter to save others.
Something is clearly wrong with the men in our culture. Among the first rules of manliness are fighting bad guys and protecting others: in a word, courage. And not a one of the healthy young fellows in the classrooms seems to have done that.
I’m not saying that I hope John and Nathaniel are confronted with a situation like Virginia Tech in the future, but if they ever were, I hope they run, hide and live to see another day. You know…the human thing to do.
Students of Virginia Tech…you did absolutely nothing wrong. And don’t let a couple of hacky, wimpy bloggers tell you otherwise.