Making Our Schools Safe

By Roger D. McGrath

At about the same time Cho Seung-Hui was
shooting to death 32 unarmed students on the campus of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia, a different scenario was unfolding near Waynesburg, Kentucky. Venus Ramey had had equipment stolen from the barn on her tobacco farm before. When she saw her dog dash into the barn, she suspected something was amiss. Balancing on her walker, the 82-year-old woman drew her snub-nosed .38 as Curtis Parrish, a would-be thief, emerged. The revolver had a salutary effect on Parrish, who suddenly announced that he was leaving immediately. He intended to jump into a waiting car with three of his accomplices, but Ramey yelled, “Oh, no you won’t,” and opened fire, flattening the car’s tires. “I didn’t even think twice,” she later said. “If they’d even dared come close to me, they’d be six feet under by now.” While Ramey held the men at gunpoint, she flagged down a passing motorist, who then called 911. Sheriff’s deputies eventually took the men into custody.

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"Making Our Schools Safe" was originally published in the John Birch Society's magazine, the The New American.from

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