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Armed church member kills gunman (update)
Posted by: McQ on Monday, December 10, 2007

She's being called a 'security guard', but in reality she was a volunteer church security person. My church has them as well. As far as I know, they aren't armed, but they are there for security purposes. And as the incident in Colorado proves, there's a reason for them to be there.

In the case of the Colorado Springs incident, the female "guard" who shot the gunman was a former Minneapolis police officer (in the early '90s) but a volunteer church security person who also had a license to carry a weapon. Because of the shooting earlier at another church property in Arvada, she'd suggested that the church beef up security at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs. When the gunman showed up at the Colorado Springs church, there were 15 to 20 volunteer security people at the church. Only those licensed to carry guns were armed.

7,000 people were on the church property at the time of the shootings.

7,000.

The killer showed up with 2 handguns, a rifle and 1,000 rounds of ammunition. He killed two teenaged girls (16 and 18) in the parking lot and then entered the church where he began shooting. The potential for disaster was incredible.

Jeanne Assam, who attends one of the morning services and then volunteers as a guard during another service, stepped forward, identified herself and then "engaged him and took him down."

My guess is he figured a church would be a "gun free" zone and he could have his way with those there until police arrived. Like I said the potential for murder was mind-boggling.

But one armed church member, trained and prepared to use her weapon, ended it before it really got started.

That's how you stop a psychopath.

Way to go, Jeanne.

UPDATE: More here. Apparently, there were 3 armed security volunteers, but only Assam confronted the shooter and fired at him. One cool woman.
 
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Is it any question that similar thoughts went through the V-Tech shooter’s mind? The difference is that these church going folk understand that part of being good stewards of ourselves and the things He gives us is to also defend such things. That, against the state relieving our right to do so on a college campus. 1,000 rounds?! Poor judgment on his part none the less. Our hearts go out to the families of the two girls slain.
 
Written By: Ike
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No, it is up to the police to protect you. They should’ve stayed and died while waiting for the machinery of the local swat team to engage /sarcasm off
 
Written By: shark
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Due to quirks of geography, I was able to see the whole press conference live on local TV.

Best presser I have ever seen - This woman exudes balance and inner calm.
 
Written By: bains
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I noted yesterday that the major news media quotes from the minister were very selective when compared to blog reports. I guess the videos of the news conference that she spoke at will require the media to rewrite their stories where they seemed to be clouding the issue of who took down the killer and what their position was in the church. They can’t bury this one in the same manner they have with other stories where armed citizens have stopped or prevented such attacks.
 
Written By: AMR
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Fugginay.

Wolf came expecting sheep and found a sheepdog.

Hmm. Even can get last rites in one stop. How convenient.
 
Written By: The Gonzman
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She was trained as a cop. You are ignoring that. She was a trained professional. She knew what to do. An ordinary citizen probably would have frozen at that moment.
 
Written By: PurpleWoman
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She knew what to do. An ordinary citizen probably would have frozen at that moment.
Quit projecting. "Ordinary citizens" all over this country use guns every day to defend their lives and property.

Just because you might curl up into the doodlebug defensive position doesn’t mean that the majority of people will when faced with life-threatening danger.
 
Written By: Jeff
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She was a trained professional. She knew what to do. An ordinary citizen probably would have frozen at that moment.
It was only a matter of time before someone regurgitated that tired old lie.

There is nothing extraordinary about police firearms training. It’s pretty mediocre, actually.
 
Written By: Words Twice
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She was trained as a cop. You are ignoring that. She was a trained professional. She knew what to do. An ordinary citizen probably would have frozen at that moment.
So how’d you manage to miss this?

In the case of the Colorado Springs incident, the female "guard" who shot the gunman was a former Minneapolis police officer (in the early ’90s) but a volunteer church security person who also had a license to carry a weapon.

And this:

But one armed church member, trained and prepared to use her weapon, ended it before it really got started.
 
Written By: McQ
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She ain’t bad lookin’ either.

Good looking, and a good shot.

My perfect woman. :)
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Also, there was a ’Nam vet there (he was one of the injured), who tried to either get those other two guards to act, or at least give up their weapons so HE could act.

Those two guys should be, frankly, ashamed of themselves. They left it to someone else to save the day, when thye had the means right there in their hands.
 
Written By: Scott Jacobs
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Those two guys should be, frankly, ashamed of themselves. They left it to someone else to save the day, when thye had the means right there in their hands.
From the vets testimony, we know that most of the churchgoers have run away and gotten out of the line of fire. The two security guards are probably waiting for the killer to expose himself or give them a good shot. His guns are bigger and better than theirs so they’re sure as hell not going to meet him in the open in a straight up fight. That is suicide. While they’re waiting for their shot, the vet runs up and starts yelling at them to give him a gun. They try to get him to stay under cover so he doesn’t get killed. But it turns out that he wants to get killed because he starts yelling at the gunman and draws the guys fire onto all three of them.

The only good thing is that while the vet was getting shot, he created the distraction that Jeanne Assam needed to take the killer down. Of course the vet didn’t know he was doing this at the time. It’s not like he knew where Jeanne was or actually had a plan other than martyring himself.
 
Written By: Jeff the Baptist
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She was trained as a cop. You are ignoring that. She was a trained professional. She knew what to do. An ordinary citizen probably would have frozen at that moment.
Is this sarcasm?

Or the actual words of a moron?

So hard to tell . . .
 
Written By: Don
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"His guns are bigger and better than theirs so they’re sure as hell not going to meet him in the open in a straight up fight. That is suicide."
If press accounts are true, Jeff, that woman proved you dead wrong by a country mile.


 
Written By: Billy Beck
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She was trained as a cop. You are ignoring that. She was a trained professional. She knew what to do. An ordinary citizen probably would have frozen at that moment.

Well, thank you for that ... unique ... opinion.

There’s a man tried to rob me a couple years back now doing a stretch in Michigan City when he found my pair of fours beat his .32. I am sure he will be relieved to find out his imprisonment is an illusion because I - lacking police and military training - froze. Especially since he did a few years in the Army.

:rolls eyes:

In the words of the great Bugs Bunny: "What a maroon!"
 
Written By: The Gonzman
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Hahaha "armed church member kills gunman" you couldn’t make it up.....
 
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