Some of the commentary on last Friday's shooting at Arapahoe High School in Arapahoe County, Colorado has rightly praised the courage of the school resource officer who ran to the sound of gunfire in an effort to seek out and stop the shooter, rather than merely seek to "contain" him among a building full of potential victims, while waiting for reinforcements. From Fox News:
When an armed school resource officer entered the room, Pierson believed he was cornered and turned his gun on himself, Robinson said. The entire attack lasted approximately 80 seconds and was captured by security cameras.
The would-be murderer's forced early abandonment of his massacre plans very likely saved the lives of a great many innocent people, perhaps including his victim Claire Davis, who although very gravely wounded, is perhaps today still fighting for her life, rather than having lost that fight, because the end of the shooter's reign of terror allowed a quicker medevac than would otherwise have been possible.
Indeed, NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre's claim that, "The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun," so vitriolically condemned by the anti-self-defense zealots, has once again been proven true. This truth--demonstrated in atrocity after atrocity--stems not from fear of death on the part of the often suicidal psychopath, but from the fact that armed resistance represents a real chance that these cowards will be defeated by a person of decency. Killing themselves, on the other hand, allows them to die with the delusion that they are going out on their own terms--a "triumph" of sorts.
But other recent events in Colorado suggest a larger pattern. Recently, rabidly anti-gun Colorado state senator Evie Hudak surrendered her senate seat, rather than face the kind of resistance that defeated her rabidly anti-gun Democrat pals John Morse and Angela Giron--resistance provoked precisely by their anti-gun extremism.
The parallels are almost spooky. In both cases, an angry, maladjusted loser with a grudge storms in and commits horrid violations of the rights of others, with ambitions to dramatically expand on that evil, but instead meets unexpectedly stiff resistance, from unexpectedly resolute and courageous would-be victims, and withdraws from the fight in the most cowardly way possible.
One of the recent "highlights" of Hudak's (now kaput) political career was her arrogant lecture to rape survivor Amanda Collins, to the tune that armed resistance on the young woman's part would have been futile--or worse.
"Resistance is futile," according to Hudak and her ideological allies, and by pushing that narrative, she of course becomes an ally of those predators who prefer their victims to believe that pernicious lie, and to thus docilely agree to be rendered defenseless. When examined in that light, it becomes less surprising that when the Arapahoe High School shooter killed himself, Hudak lost a rabid "gun control" ally.
The lesson here is that the enemy--whether the sick sack of filth who can find validation only in the commission of mass murder during the waning moments of his own scrofulous life, or the self-righteous busybodies who empower said filth by denying the rest of us means of effective countermeasures--cannot win if we refuse to submit. That refusal, then, is the only honorable option.