Please read the following excerpts from Matthew Walberg’s article for the Chicago Tribune.  Then think about what this would have meant to the students at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida:

A police officer working at Dixon High School on Wednesday shot a former student who fired a gun near the school’s gym and later tried to shoot the officer Wednesday, officials said.

The incident began about 8 a.m., according to officials speaking at a late-morning news conference. Students had gathered at the gym for graduation practice.

Dixon police Chief Steven Howell said the suspect, a 19-year-old man, “fired several shots” near the gym.

The school resource officer, identified as Mark Dallas, confronted the suspect, who then fled from the school with the officer in pursuit, Howell said. During the pursuit, the suspect fired several shots at the officer but did not strike him.

The officer returned fire and struck the suspect, who was then taken into custody just west of the school, Howell said. He was taken to a hospital with injuries that weren’t life-threatening. No one else was injured.

Howell and other officials praised the officer for saving lives.

“From the angle I’m looking at right now, at lot of things went right today when a great many of them could have (gone) wrong,” Dixon Mayor Liandro Arellano Jr. said. “Things could have gone much worse.”

“He saved an enormous amount of lives,” Lee County Sheriff John Simonton.

Fired several shots near the gym?  The gym that was packed with students for graduation practice – in other words, sitting ducks for someone with arms and ammunition?

How many would have died if Officer Mark Dallas were not there with his legal firearm?  Would it have been as many as in Parkland?  More – maybe a lot more?

We’ll never know, will we?  And the sole reason we won’t is because – unlike at Marjory Stoneman Dougles High School, there was someone there with the capability of stopping him.

I’m sure this will infuriate david hogg.  Heck, he might even go into another profanity-laced tirade about the NRA.

But I have a sneaking suspicion that there are a great many students at Dixon High School in Dixon, Illinois – and a great many parents, relatives and friends of those students – who are damn thankful.

There’s a point to be made here.  A major one.  And I doubt you need me to explain it.

UPDATE:  This paragraph, from Paul Mirengoff’s piece at powerlineglog.com, does not add to the facts of the story.  But it makes so much sense I thought I’d add it:

This is the solution to the school shooting epidemic. Gun control isn’t. We don’t rely on gun control to protect banks, armored cars, and airports. We rely on security measures specific to each of these targets, and these security measures include fire arms.

Exactly correct.  The one thing I’d add is that attacking the NRA, fun though it may be for some, is no solution either.

1 Comment

  • I’m sure this will get as much media coverage as the last time a gunman was stopped before killing a lot of people.

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