If you recall, following the Sandy Hook shooting, the NRA came out with a proposal to make schools safer called The National School Shield. The National School Shield program is multifaceted, but calls for a trained, armed officer at every school. The NRA’s plan has been ridiculed by virtually everyone on the left and labeled crazy by the mainstream media, but guess what? It works.
On Friday, December 13 2013 at 12:33 PM, 18-year-old Karl Halverson Pierson entered Arapahoe High School armed with a pump-action shotgun, Molotov cocktails and what’s being described as a bandolier of shotgun shells.
By 12:35 PM, just 80 seconds later, it was all over.
Arapahoe County Sheriff’s Deputy James Englert was working as the school’s resource officer when the shooting happened, and he, along with an unarmed security guard, ran towards the sound of gunfire. As they were closing in on the shooter, the shooter did what most shooters do – he killed himself, after shooting one student in the head.
80 seconds, five shotgun shots, one student critically wounded, and a dead shooter.
Now ask yourself, if a good guy with a gun, in this case Deputy Englert, had not been there running towards the sound of gunfire, how many more students would have been shot? How long would it have been before police arrived?
I’m sure in the coming days and weeks we’ll learn more about the event, what happened, the security protocols, what worked and what can be improved, but what we know at this point is that Deputy Englert is a hero and his bravery saved many lives that day. I think Arapahoe County Sheriff Grayson Robinson said it best – “the shooter knew the deputy was coming.”
Because the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.