When someone mentions the “shooting in Aurora” your mind probably jumps to a crazed man with orange hair shooting up a movie theater (which reportedly had a “no guns allowed” sign on the door). What you may not have heard about is another shooting in Aurora, Colorado that took place in April — hardly anyone heard about it.
On April 22, 2012, Kiarron Parker, a convicted felon who had just been released from jail having been convicted of assaulting two police officers, breaking and entering, and drug abuse. , went into the parking lot of an Aurora, Colorado church. There he shot and killed one congregation member… and then something amazing happened…
Parker sped into the parking lot of New Destiny Center church in Aurora, crashed into a car, then fired at people who came to his aid. The shooting killed Josephine Echols, the mother of a pastor at the church, police said. Echols’ nephew Antonio Milow, an off-duty Denver police officer who was attending a church service, then shot and killed Parker, authorities said.
“Who knows what would’ve happened if the officer had not been there. It certainly could have been a lot worse,” Fania said.
Investigators do not know what upset Parker, but it didn’t appear that Parker and his friend were arguing, Fania said.
Yet another story of a Good Guy with a Gun™ who stopped a bad guy in his tracks. It was a off-duty police officer, which many will argue was “justified” — but the facts remain: he was off-duty (essentially just a normal civilian like any of us); and he took his gun to church, something that’s unlawful for many of us to do.
Some will argue that this event is “just one woman” and not the 12 dead and 59 injured from “that other shooting in aurora”. That’s true. But what if Antonio Milow had been in the movie theater that night? Could one Good Guy with a Gun™ have limited that to just one fatality as well?
And why an off-duty police officer? Why not an “average Joe” who had the training, the background check, and the tools to do the same thing? Would it have been “okay” for a civilian to put an end to either one of these killing sprees? I don’t know about you, but as a father I’d be grateful if someone had fought back and not let either of these two terrorists lay claim to my loved ones.
What about you? Do you hope for more Good Guys with Guns™ to help dissuade criminals from carrying out these types of activities from happening — and putting up a fight in the tragic event that they do? Or is the death of your loved one a fair price to pay for further restricting firearm ownership?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.
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Via: Freedom Outpost