Headline: Good guy with a gun prevents second beheading in Oklahoma business
The fact that an armed business owner intervened in an attack by shooting a former employee who had already beheaded one worker and was stabbing another has been covered in media reports, but Breitbart.com's headline gives this fact the kind of attention it deserves:
From the article:
Fox News reports that the alleged attacker, 30-year-old Alton Nolen, drove his car into another car in the parking lot of Vaughan Foods' parking lot, then entered the business and beheaded 54-year-old Collee Hufford. He was allegedly stabbing a second victim, 43-year-old Traci Johnson, when company owner Mark Vaughan drew the gun he was carrying and shot Nolen.
Vaughan is C.O.O. of the food company and "a reserve county deputy."
Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis praised Vaughan's actions, calling him a "hero." He said the situation "could have gotten a lot worse" if had not had his gun.
The Associated Press reports that Lewis added: "This was not going to stop if [Vaughan] didn't stop it."
Nolen was recently fired from Vaughan Foods. The FBI is "probing whether Nolen's recent conversion to Islam had anything to do with the attack."
Despite the suspect's religion and the nature of his brutal attack, law enforcement immediately classified the incident as "workplace violence" rather than terrorism. Similar "alternative classifications" have been done after other attacks conducted during the past few years, including the Ft. Hood mass killing and the Boston marathon bombing.
This incident is just the latest example of lives being saved because an armed citizen was on scene and able to respond immediately. Anti-gun rights groups and individuals who argue for gun-free zones are backing restrictions that cause incidents like these to turn out far differently. If the Bloombergs and Bradys of the world have their way in this Oklahoma attack, and employees had no choice but to endure the long, painful, bloody wait for police to respond, it is clear there would have been more bloodshed. It is equally clear therefore, to rational people, just how dangerous these gun-ban extremists' plans are.
Chad D. Baus is the Buckeye Firearms Association Secretary, BFA PAC Vice Chairman, and an NRA-certified firearms instructor. He is the editor of BuckeyeFirearms.org, which received the Outdoor Writers of Ohio 2013 Supporting Member Award for Best Website.