Even in this instant-news age, it’s always a few days before full accurate details emerge. Some initial reports claimed that the Islamist thugs who set out to censor free speech in Texas disabled an unarmed guard then were themseves shot by rapidly arriving police. But not so.
Here’s CNN’s take on how one armed, aware, and prepared person prevented a massacre.
On one side, you had two men in body armor, toting assault rifles and showing every willingness to open fire now and count their victims later. On the other, you had a security officer — a traffic officer by day — with a pistol.
Somehow, the officer won.
Authorities have not released the name of the overmatched Garland, Texas, police officer who stopped a pair of gunmen Sunday night outside that city’s Curtis Culwell Center, where people had gathered at an event featuring controversial cartoons of the Muslim Prophet Mohammed. But they have described what he did, actions that could be characterized as equal parts skillful, heroic and miraculous.
I think CNN should delete the word “miraculous.” Was there some luck involved? Boy howdy, surely there was. But it’s hardly a miracle that a Texan-American hired to protect attendees at a deliberately provocative art exhibit was prepared to dispatch murderous (but also no-doubt clueless) jihadis.
I suspect that, had the would-be murderers gotten inside the exhibit hall, another five or 10 armed people would have been prepared to remove their worthless carcasses from among the living. In this country, you don’t get away with shooting people because you don’t like their opinions. And that’s not merely because we’re philosophical enough to understand that civilization entails embracing the right to disagree, even to challenge and provoke. It’s because, unlike helpless Europeans, we have the physical means to halt the barbarians at the gates.
As one wag said, “There’s a Paris in Texas, but Texas ain’t Paris.” Amen to that.
As we’ve always said, the Second Amendment protects the First. And, for that matter, all the rest.