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James E. Holmes Picked Gun-Free Theater

by Robert W. Hunnicutt   |  September 10th, 2012 40

Aurora, Colo., theater shooter James E. Holmes bypassed closer and larger theaters to commit his rampage, as reported by More Guns, Less Crime author John Lott. Hat tip to Clayton Cramer’s blog for pointing it out.

Out of all the movie theaters within 20 minutes of his apartment showing the new Batman movie that night, it was the only one where guns were banned. In Colorado, individuals with permits can carry concealed handgun in most malls, stores, movie theaters, and restaurants. But private businesses can determine whether permit holders can carry guns on their private property.

Most movie theaters allow permit holders carrying guns. But the Cinemark movie theater was the only one with a sign posted at the theater’s entrance.

A simple web search and some telephone calls reveal how easily one can find out how Cinemark compared to other movie theaters. According to mapquest.com and movies.com, there were seven movie theaters showing “The Dark Knight Rises” on July 20th within 20 minutes of the killer’s apartment at 1690 Paris St, Aurora, Colorado. At 4 miles and an 8-minute car ride, the Cinemark’s Century Theater wasn’t the closest. Another theater was only 1.2 miles (3 minutes) away.

“There was also a theater just slightly further away, 10 minutes. It is the “home of Colorado’s largest auditorium,” according to their movie hotline greeting message. The potentially huge audience ought to have been attractive to someone trying to kill as many people as possible. Four other theaters were 18 minutes, two at 19 minutes, and 20 minutes away. But all of those theaters allowed permitted concealed handguns.”

Some have pooh-poohed the notion that an armed citizen could have done much to stop Holmes, and it certainly is the case that strong nerves and excellent marksmanship would have been required, but there are concealed carriers out there who have both.

  • Sfcmarkcr

    With all due respect, we dont really know if he picked the theatre because it was posted. It sounds like he made extensive plans over a period of months and this MIGHT be the case. But right now it's merely a guess, and not really any more credible than any of the guesses the anti gun crowd have suggested.

    • Silverwolf

      With all due respect, he checked out the place and entered the theater to prop open the back door. Being this was a cowardly act and he surrendered. Not taking his own life. Your guess does not have a lot of merit. Who knows what goes on in the minds of the mentally ill? But you never hear of them attacking a place where there is armed resistance?

      • http://www.facebook.com/mark.crist.372 Mark Crist

        Silverwolf,
        It is very possible he did pick the theatre ahead of time. We might very well find out for sure since he likely left detailed plans. Perhaps in that notebook he sent to his shrink. I just don't want the pro-gun side to go down the same path as the anti's by throwing guesses out there and then looking dumb when it turns out to be wrong.

        • Silverwolf

          Since you are an expert on criminology. What do you think would be at the top of the list in selecting a place to create mayhem? I do not here many attacking places like Police Stations, FBI and CIA Head Quarters. I would rather be wrong than being dead right.
          I know where you can buy a bumper sticker that says “ I do not own a gun and never will.” And I have a few choice neighborhoods you can go cruising late at night. I have lived a long time and barely escaped situations several times. Especially when I was young and naive. You do not get to grow old by being a fool.

  • Drjekyl30

    None of us know what this guy was thinking. But I agree with the author of this article. These people were fish in a barrel, easy pickins as they say. @Sfcmarkcr I just have this to say, a kindgom divided cannot stand.

  • Silverwolf

    Even though I walk through the dark valley of death, because you are with me and I fear no harm. Because I am the meanest SOB in the valley. Talk about a divided kingdom. When you have a president and secretary of state agreeing with the UN on a Small Arms Treaty, how much more divided can you get. The world is full of Nations with citizens and subjects. One know fact, slaves do not have arms.

    • Drjekyl30

      I agree, slaves do not have arms. But we are taking the fast track to slavery. There are a lot of corrupt politicians in office today that want to tear up the consitution. If that happens we are done for. The sad part is, a lot of US citizens have been brainwashed into believing everything the gov do is right and anynone who speaks out against it are traitors. Until this country unite under one common goal, OUR FREEDOM, we are doomed. Vote Ron Paul in 2012, our freedom depends on it. Since we know he won't be on the ballot, write him in.

      • Silverwolf

        I wish it was that simple. With a paradyne of a two party system, one props up the other if the other one falls. Presidents are not elected, they are selected. I like Ron Paul but he is not part of the establishment. This election is way too important to take a chance in keeping the current administration in. I have issues with the GOP choice, but writing in a different candidate would only help the incumbent. Not only that but SCYTL a company in Spain will count the votes in the 2012 election. Their election software will record, counts, and reports the votes of Americans in 26 states–900 total jurisdictions–across the nation. Ross Perot shook things up in one election but helped the incumbent to get re-elected. Nothing is easy when it comes to politics when a select few have decades of experience corrupting and manipulating it.

        • Drjekyl30

          It is just that simple. Write him in. If u want change there are two ways to bring it about. Voting for the lesser of two evils is not the way to bring about change. U either vote for it, or take it by force like our founding fathers did. Since we know the American people are way too soft in mind, body, and soul to take it by force, then the only other option is to vote for it. If everybody thinks the way u do then we will always vote for the lesser of two evils, which will not bring about change but only prolong our inevitable demise as a free country. While u wait each election year to vote for the wrong person, the right person passes by without our support, meanwhile the gov grows more powerful, and more corrupt, to the point it cannot be changed. No matter who counts the ballots, the decision has already been made. We will not get our country back it is taken back.

          • Silverwolf

            I was going to respond, but I changed my mind. You are not the only one that is angry about how this country is being ruined.

            HR 645 bears a direct relationship to the economic crisis and the likelihood of mass protests across America. It constitutes a further move to militarize civilian law enforcement, repealing the Posse Comitatus Act.

          • Outlaw

            When you know you are wasting a vote that might put the post anti gun addministration back in the position to take away our rights and God knows what else how can you seriously believe what you say? Yes I think Ron is the best choice but he has no chance because big media won't even acknowledge he exists and this brain dead society that we are living in thinks if it ain't on TV it ain't real and they have already shown who they want for Pres. Barry Sorento. If he gets back in what do you think he will do to the second ammendment? They want it gone then there will be no way we can fight back when they enact even more destructive legislation. The only other solution, well does anyone really want to think about that?

          • Drjekyl30

            @Outlaw, think of what you are saying man. First off if they want the 2nd Ammendment gone it's gone, regardless of who is in office. They have proven more often than not that our vote doesn't really count. Look at what happened at the RNC when they decided to change the rules on who gets to speak at the RNC. Those opposed clearly out numbered those that didn't. Secondly, what do you mean if they take our guns we have no way of fighting back? Are you fighting now? We can all see what road this country is heading down, I don't see anyone fighting. I see people supporting Romney, a two faced candidate who help write the gun ban in Massachusetts for the sale of assault rifles. I don't want Obama back in office anymore than you do but I don't want Romney either. I'm not here to fight against any of you. Remember what Stalin said, Those that cast ballots do not elect officials, it's those that count the ballots. My point is this, I know that Paul will not get elected because they have already decided who the next Pres is. What does that tell you? Your vote is wasted my friend no matter who you vote for.

          • Silverwolf

            This sound like some things Orson Wells would write. But with any kind of search on the Internet about the Money Bubble Collapse and Government Preparing for Civil War.
            You find all kind of articles. The US is broke. The National Debt exceeds the GDP.
            If any of this is true it will not matter who is in office. It will be all about survival. Then maybe again it could be all hype. What will be will be? So maybe you have a take on the big picture? Citizens are really concerned.

            The U.S. government clearly sees the writing on the wall. What lays ahead for America is a day of unbearable reckoning. The financial collapse will wipe out savings accounts, pensions, investment funds and equities of the working class, all across the nation. Imagine bank accounts being reset to zero. It will unleash a wave of violent protests, social chaos and even talk of revolution. The government will almost certainly respond with a declaration of Martial Law, the rolling out of highway checkpoints, and before long, the use of live ammo on unruly protesters. What’s happening behind the scenes in America right now is a massive armament build-up of epic proportions. The government itself is arming to the teeth, but at the same time, sales of guns and ammo to private citizens have smashed through all historical records. People want what they perceive will soon be unavailable. It’s basic human psychology. That’s why many gun shops in the USA credit Obama as being “salesperson of the year.” Nobody has caused more guns to be sold to more U.S. citizens than President Obama. His power to cause citizens to arm themselves at breakneck speed is legendary. Every time he opens his mouth, it seems, citizens flood the gun shops with cash at the ready. The result of all this is a massive nationwide escalation of firepower, and the potential for serious conflict on the issue of liberty versus government power. The government, of course, wants to control everything and turn citizens into obedient minions. Many citizens have a problem with that, and they demand a restoration of Constitutional liberties (which have been stripped away by nearly everyone in Washington, including Bush, Obama and yes, even the new VP candidate Paul Ryan, who voted for the NDAA).What’s happening behind the scenes in America right now is a massive armament build-up of epic proportions. Ammunition prices are rising steadily and rifles, handguns and shotguns are making new sales records.. Gun manufacturers are running double and triple shifts in their own factories, trying to keep up with demand, and some have simply cancelled all new orders for the next few months until they get caught up.

          • Drjekyl30

            This sound like some things Orson Wells would write. Is that directed torwards my statements? LOL If so I'm not sure if thats an insult or a complement. Silverwolf I hope I am wrong about everything I have said here today. But I highly doubt that I am. As you said Bro the writing is on the wall. The fed sees it, you see it, and so do I. But there are a lot of people who either don't see it or refuse to see it. I just don't happen to agree with the whole vote for the lesser of two evils plan. Again, look at what happened at the RNC, if that doesn't say enough about Romney and the Republican Party in general, well, then what can I say?

          • Silverwolf

            You can lead a horse to water but you can not make him drink. Trying to teach a pig to sing is a waste of time and annoys the pig. I have following a trail a long time. I have people tell me all the time “I use to think you were nuts, but all you said came true.” “How did you know?” I would tell them I am not a prophet and it came to pass because it was always true. This was not meant to be an insult. But as you know and I know people are easily brain washed and follow the flock. It is totally frustrating. I know Mitt Romney is a RHINO. Like in the movie “Edge of Darkness”, Mel Gibson says “Every thing in Massachusetts is Illegal.” Romney’s people drafted Romney Care and Obama Care. Now Romney is talking about replacing Obama Care and not repealing it. But Romney will flip-flop under pressure. Barry Soetoro Obama will not yield under any circumstances. I do truly wish a third candidate had a chance, but the game is rigged. And it is beginning to look like we are in the End Game – Fourth Quarter – and the two minute warning is not far off. As a radio talk show host, “People have lost the ability to analyze and reason.” All I can do is prepare for the worst. The Storm is Coming.

      • noboma

        This is beyond stupid!
        A write-in for Ron Paul is a vote for Obama. Ron Paul is the new Ross Perot!
        If you don't want to vote for Romney, then think of it as a vote against Obama.
        The ONLY THING that matters is getting rid of Obama.
        I supported Ron Paul, but never will again. I cannot believe that he won't come out and say exactly what I said above.
        We ALL need to pull together and get rid of Obama. At any cost!
        If we fail to do so, we will not have a free country much longer.
        We either go forward and right over the cliff, or we hit the brakes and stop before we go over and past the point of no return.

        • drjekyl30

          You are beyond stupid for thinking Obama is the only one trying to take your freedom. Have you forgotten it was Romney who wrote the ban on assault rifles in Massachusetts? There is no real difference these days between a democrat and a republican. The balance of power is willingly handed back and forth between democrats and republicans. Not one single one of them care about the constitution they swear to uphold. People like you, who settle for the lesser of two evils is the reason why this country is so f*cked up now. If a president is truly elected based on the people's vote, then why not vote for the candidate who has been consistent for 30 years, defending your constitutional rights? That person is neither Obama or Romney. I refuse to be a sheep and follow your leader, you follow him and at the end of the road you will wish you voted for the right person and not the lesser of two evils.

          • noboma

            It's just flushing your vote down the toilet. Do you really think Ron Paul can get elected?
            It's simply not possible,.
            I was so disappointed that Romney was the pick. He was my very last choice. Just look at the state that he's from.
            This is not about voting for Romney. This is about voting Obama out.
            Do you really think that Obama is better than Romney?
            It's not just about those two, what about the whole administration?
            You will be voting for Clinton, Holdner, Pelosi, Biden, etc…..
            They have done enough damage and need to go.
            Do you really want Obama putting more justices in the court?
            We had some really great wins lately in DC and that it is an individual right.
            Watch all of that get overturned if Obama stays in and we lost more seats on the court.
            There is nothing more stupid than allowing Obama to remain in office!
            Think about it!

          • drjekyl30

            Doing what's right is not always convenient, in fact it is never convenient, that's what makes it so hard. To answer your question, no I don't think Ron Paul will be elected, but not because people won't vote for him, but because the next president of these ununited states has already been chosen. You don't back away from doing what's right. You plant your feet, dig in and fight. Be unmoved and undeterred no matter what the cost. You may compromise to get some of what you want. I will fight to get all that I deserve. It's attitudes like yours that keeps us enslaved, when we should be free. This country needs a revolution, a bloody one. But people like you will never fight for what's right as long as you can have the crumbs from your master's table. You supported RonPaul once because you knew that he is what this country needs. When you stopped supporting him you guit on him, yourself, and most of all your country. People like that in my opinion are not the proud Americans this country needs. But beggers. You take what you can get and settle. I can't bring myself to do that. You will not change my vote no matter what u say. No matter who you vote for, until Ron Paul or someone like him takes office, we are doomed.

          • noboma

            I agree that we need a revolution, and I have truly believed for years that one is coming. 1/2 of our population are traitors.
            You still have to have to use your head. According to you, on not budging, would you take your whole family and go stand on the train tracks and not "budge" no matter what? Hold your ground?
            You're just going to get run over.
            If Obama is elected again, we may not have any guns left to fight with.
            We simply cannot afford to let him put more justices in the court, let alone do another 4 years of the kind of damage that he has done. We are looking at total collapse.
            One more term, and we lose it all. Have you seen all the last gun votes? 5 to 4. One more Obama justice in the court, and it's all gone.
            I doubt a party change can fix it at this point. It's too far gone, but it definitely can't hurt, and we keep our rights longer. Disarmed, we are screwed.
            In every war, there comes a point of compromise. Nobody ever gets 100% of what they want.
            This no budge attitude is just going to make things worse. Since the beginning of our country, there has been compromise. Now the one thing we cannot compromise on is the constitution, and it is totally ignored by the left.
            Use the 80/20 rule. The right protects the constitution 80% of the time, and the left only 20% of the time.
            I just hope that if they do come for our guns that everyone fights. People may just roll over like in Australia.
            But that's probably not the plan. They know that people would fight. All they have to do to win is stop selling them, slowly arrest people they catch with them, have check points on the roads. Do more warrant-less searches, etc… It can work slowly over time. One bite at a time.
            Look at CA, NY, MA, and a few other states where there is no 2nd amendment. It's already happening.
            I will be watching the news, I believe you have a train to catch.
            I just hope we don't all end up catching the same train.
            I hope people are smart enough to see it coming and get out of the way.

  • Oldnomad

    Sorry, but I totally ignore those signs that tell me I can't carry my firearm into their business. I would rather keep my weapon concealed and handy should I need it and worry about the consequences of their arbitrary B.S. ban on carrying in their business should it become necessary to defend my life or the life of others.. It's either that or I find another establishment that respects my right to defend myself if needed.

    • danny

      I agree Oldnomad, I do the same. Rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6!

    • http://www.facebook.com/repoman105 George Collier

      Better to be tried by 12 then carried by 6.

  • danny george

    I agree Oldnomad, rather be judged by 12 than carried by 6!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000161077324 Aaron Peck Sr.

    with all due respect you can bet your commie ass he did as do all criminals who fear armed citizens. it's been proven over & over that the places with so called gun control have the highest crime rates. so i suggest you all pull your heads out of your commie asses & wake up. the Constitution of the United States of America is the law of the land, & those corrupt politicans who speak against it are commiting treason.

    • Silverwolf

      God created man and woman. Sam Colt made them equal. The pen is mighter than the sword, but one must have enough force to back up the pen. Fear a government that fears your guns. The United Nations would love to have a treaty with the US. Many in our government would love to sign it. But fortunately for us there are not enough to ratify it. I use to worry about the smaller elite groups. But none is probably more damaging than those that belong to the CFR ( Council of Foreign Relations ). You would be amazed of how many members there are and who is on the list. God Bless America. But He will only help those willing to help themselves.

  • guy

    I live in Texas and have a concealed carry license. The law in Texas states that you must post a specific type of sign that states the laws paragraph if you do not want concealed carry on your private property, it also designates the size of the sign There are many businesses that simply have a sign saying no firearms allowed or wording to that affect. Obviously this is an illegal sign and is worthless. So I simply ignore it and proceed on into the place of business. I'll bet the theatre didn't have a legal sign. Not that it would have stopped anything since psychos ignore everything but their own interst.
    Also all businesses over a certain size must have an emergency exit that must be unlocked BUT must have a locked alarm that will sound very loudly if the door is opened by anyone who does not have a key to turn the alarm off. Apparently the theatre in Aurora did not have one or the killer would not have been able to acess his guns without an alarm going off and possibly averting the disaster that followed.

  • Victor Barbieri

    Are you all totally out of your minds? When does the gun crazed insanity end? Imagine every gun packing gun nut blasting away in the smoke and chaos of that movie theater. Half the audience dresses in costumes and masks. Give me a break.

    • Outlaw

      Bet if you were there you would have been praying for one of us crazed insane gun owners to save your behind because you don't have the gut's to do it for yourself. So you go on like the little sheep you are thinking that government can save you whenever there is a bad situation. BTW moat of us gun crazed insane people have the skill to handle that situation because you can't imagine what that is like,,to have that skill. just cower on the floor and wait to be executed if you're ever in that situation. I know I wouldn't save you if I knew you.

      • Silverwolf

        The ones there at that moment are the first responders. All the others are called crime scene investigators. As the economy worsens so will crime. Just wait until the sleeper cells are activated. They have caught many sneaking across the Mexican Border. How many did they not catch? It is once said those that want to trade Liberty for Security deserve neither. When the US Constitution was drafted, they put Article 2 in there for a reason. They experienced tyranny first hand and knew how the flow of government can change. You have basically three choices when under attack. Hide, flee or fight. Some times you are left with only one. In a small town close to where I live, there are two pawn shops. One forbids the employees to have fire arm access and the other one has every employee wearing a side arm, no matter what their position is. One has been robbed many times and one has never been robbed. Can you guess which one has never been robbed? In countries where there have been disarmed (Example UK and Australia), criminals still manage to acquire firearms. Why don’t they just obey the law? Maybe it is because they are criminals with that mind set. Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

  • Victor Barbieri

    Hey Outlaw,

    My hearts aflutter, I can see you now in that dark theater blazing away amid the confusion, smoke muzzle blast and blinding flashes. The screams of the dead and dying, the smell of blood and gore don't phase you. How deftly you avoid the crush of crazed and terrified movie fans fighting to get out . How bravely you face off against the mad gunman. He's wearing body armor,armed with an assault rifle, a shotgun and a semi-auto. Just another day's work guy like you.

    His assault rife jams , he's going for the shot gun. You see your chance. You dump your soft drink, drop your popcorn, tell the wife and the kids to duck. In your crouched position you, fight, tug, drag your semi-auto from your paddle rig and take him out with one well aimed shot to the head. You've had at least 20 hours o training for just such a situation in a crowed theater and of course your packing anyway and wearing body armor that night because your in a "gun free theater". Smart.

    Cowboy, I absolutely support your right to bare arms, in fact I insist you carry a gun with you at all times. Take it to the grocery store, the barber shop, restaurant, church, shopping mall and to work. Be extra alert when you're in the parking lot.

    Pack when you're dropping the kids off at school, soccer field, and base ball games. Wear it around the house when your chopping veggies, loading the dishwasher, robbing the frig, answering the door bell, and putting the kids to bed. Certainly carry in the shower, and in public restrooms We all know how vulnerable we are in places like that.

    Got body armor? No excuses pal. I suggest a shot gun in the trunk for back up and at least two extra mags in your pocket. You know semi-autos burn rounds fast!

    Wow, I'm feeling safe already. Good to know guys like you got my back.

    • Silverwolf

      Who says any body has your back. It is all about stopping the threat. You can be my point man any time.
      One day you might live long enough to eat these words.

  • Victor Barbieri

    Care to elaborate?

    • Silverwolf

      New Jersey supermarket 911 caller: 'I don't want to die'. Like it or not the world is full of evil people with evil intent. They are the minority but like playing Russian Roulette, but on day the chamber will not be empty. At some point in your life you will be confronted by a threat and will be saying "If I only had a gun." There is no reasoning with some people. Assuming some one having your back is arrogant. When confronted with a threat in which people are be slaughtered. The only defensive move would be stopping the threat by any means. I really do not care to elaborate with some one with a mind set such as your, you will learn some day by life experience.

  • jeepers creepers

    It would be interesting to know how many people tht comment about the shooting in Denver really have the killer instinct. I keep reading about how and what each person would have done. I wonder how many people that did place an comment have killed any one or have been tested to see if they really can kill without giving it a second thought and enjoy the moment watching the life drain from the persons eyes. FYI there are over 1,000 ways to kill someone. But using a firearm is the most human way of doing it.

    • Drjekyl30

      The easiest way to find out the answer to your question jeepers is to test one of them. Since you are the one wondering, you should be the one to test them. Question is, do you have the guts to do it? Have you been tested? Growing up where I grew up I have stared down the barrel of many guns with nasty intent on the other side. More often than not, more than one gun at a time. Even woke up in the hospital with gunshot wounds. I plan on that never happening to me again without giving some back. Oh and btw for all you gun ban supporters, this was in a place where guns were banned. Seemed like I was the only idiot obeying that law. What have you been through? How have you been tested. Being a cop doesn't test you. As soon as cops put that badge on and know they got the man behind them "BANG" instant cup of courage. They now have the right to walk on water, so if you are a cop, tell your story walkin.

    • Silverwolf

      This story did not make the Big Liberal News – Heroes come out of the most unlikely places.

      GUNMAN
      December 10, 2007

      "It seemed like it was me, the gunman, and God," said Jeanne Assam, describing her feelings as she confronted a man who charged into her Colorado Springs church Sunday firing a weapon. Assam, a church security guard with law enforcement experience, fired her own weapon at the invader and stopped his attack, police say. Police on Monday identified the gunman as Matthew Murray and said he was also responsible for an attack earlier Sunday at a missionary center some 80 miles away. The two incidents left four people dead, in addition to the gunman, and five wounded. Police said forensic evidence showed a positive match between a handgun found at the church and shell casings found at the missionary center in Arvada, a suburb of Denver. Officials from the Colorado Springs and Arvada police departments appeared at a joint news conference to brief reporters on what they had pieced together about Sunday's events. The first incident took place Sunday at about 12:30 a.m. at Youth With a Mission in Arvada.Police said a man with a beard, wearing a dark jacket, glasses, and skullcap, entered the facility, got into a dispute with a staff member about whether he could stay there for the night, and then opened fire.Two staff members, Tiffany Johnson, 26, and Philip Crouse, 24, died later Sunday from their injuries, Youth With a Mission co-founder Peter Warren said. Two other staff members were injured, and one was in critical condition. Investigators tried to track the gunman through fresh snow with the help of dogs, but lost his trail in a heavily walked area, Deputy Chief Gary Creager of Arvada police said. About 12 hours later, police say, Murray showed up at New Life Church as a service was letting out. Police said Monday he had an assault rifle and two handguns, and may have had as many as 1,000 rounds of ammunition. He fired on a family who were in or near their car. Two sisters, identified by police as Rachael Works, 16, and Stephanie Works, 18, were killed, and their father, David Works, 51, was also shot and is hospitalized in fair condition with two gunshot wounds. Murray then entered the church, police say, where Assam was one of several volunteer security guards on duty. "I saw him coming through the doors," she told reporters on Monday. "I took cover, and I waited for him to get closer, and I came out of cover and identified myself, and engaged him, and took him down. And that's pretty much it." Watch Assam tell how she stopped Murray
      But a man who served at the center with Murray told CNN Monday that Murray was kicked out of the mission program for strange behavior. The source said Murray sent antagonistic and threatening correspondence afterward. Earlier Monday, Boyd said the gunman was unknown to parishioners there. "He simply showed up on our property yesterday with a gun, with the intention of hurting people, and he did," Boyd said. Boyd said the megachurch instituted security precautions after the shootings at the Denver area mission center. Boyd said Assam was a hero in preventing further bloodshed, rushing to confront the gunman just inside the church. "She probably saved over a hundred lives," Boyd said. Watch pastor tell how guard saved lives "I give the credit to God. And I say that very humbly. God was with me and the whole time I was behind cover — this has got to be God, because of the firepower that [the gunman] had vs. what I had," Assam said. "I did not run away and I didn't think for a minute to run away, I just knew that I was given the assignment to end this before it got too much worse. I just prayed for the Holy Spirit to guide me." She told reporters she had not slept since the shooting, "as I'm sure you can tell." She said she was on the third day of a three-day regimen of fasting and prayer, wanting to know God's will for what to do with her life, when the shooting took place. "I was weak, and where I was weak, God made me strong," she said. "He filled me and he guided me and protected me and many other people. And I'm honored that God chose me." Assam was one of about a dozen volunteer security guards at the church, half of whom are armed, Boyd said. The guards are licensed, trained and screened, and are church members, not "mercenaries," he said.

  • just sayin

    carrying a gun is like wearing a seat belt in some ways. obviously in the wrong hands, a gun is a very dangerous thing. in the right hands, it's there to help protect you in the event of an emergency or accident. do you ever really know how you'd react in a high stress situation? maybe with training you would, maybe not…but that doesn't negate the fact that it COULD be the difference between living and dying. just sayin

  • Stephan

    The message is clear as crystal. don't go to any business that bans lawful concealed carry permit holders. They are not interested in your well being and actually are liable for your safety and protection if you get killed or injured.

  • Henry Krinkle

    The only solution to guns in the hand of evildoers is guns in the hands of the righteous. All the hand-wringing and wishful thinking in the world will not change that indisputable fact.
    Criminals prefer unarmed victims. The last firearm-aided mass murderer that encountered armed resistance, Nidal Hasan at Fort Hood, was paralyzed as a result of defensive gunfire. By the way: he was just released from medical care in time for his trial.

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