24 February 2010
Amoklauf Aborted in Colorado
In Littleton CO, in the shadow of Columbine, a loser with a rifle decided to go on an amoklauf yesterday. He appeared in a middle school parking lot, asked some kids if they were students, and shot them. They'll live. It's at this point that some people suggest that the only remedy is for someone to shoot the shooter. Only guns, they say, can save us from guns. But a teacher demonstrated that the best defense against an amoklaufer is a combination of courage and a cool head. He stopped the shooter by tackling him, another brave person joining in after he took the initiative. David Benke is a math teacher and a track coach, not a cowboy. He didn't put his trust in the power of a weapon, but did the right thing himself. People get called heroes almost indiscriminately these days, but when the people of Littleton use that word for Benke, they're right.