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Chris Willden Saves Three Kids with his Gun(UT)
The Truth About Guns ^ | 2 January, 2012 | Dan Zimmerman

Posted on 01/04/2012 6:46:44 AM PST by marktwain

You know the “reasonable, common sense” crowd’s litany, the one about guns only being good for one thing? Namely, killing, death and wanton destruction? Yeah, well, next time one of them throws that one at you at a cocktail party, here’s a handy comeback example to keep in your quiver. If Chris Willden hadn’t had his gun on his hip yesterday, there would probably be two or three dead kids in Logan, Utah…

Roger Anderson was headed for a day of skiing with three kiddies in tow. But he lost control of his car on a slippery, narrow bridge and his Honda went wheels-up into an icy river. According to msnbc.com, that’s when Willden, who had been driving by, jumped in to try to get them out.

Willden said he tried unsuccessfully to open windows and doors. He then used his firearm just as he had done in training for his current job as a bodyguard and Department of Defense contractor.

“(The driver) was panicked, doing everything he could to get in through the doors, but they wouldn’t budge,” said Willden, who had jumped into the water with his own father.

Willden, a former cop, pressed his gun against the submerged glass and blew out the windows. He used a pocket knife to cut away seat belts. And that allowed him, with the help of others who had stopped, to turn the car right side up and yank the three kids to safety. But only one of them was breathing.

He said the other two children were lifeless, the boy upside down in his car seat and the second girl floating in the front passenger compartment. Both were pulled from the vehicle.

Buzzy Mullahkel, of North Logan, told the Deseret News of Salt Lake City that the boy wasn’t breathing and didn’t have a pulse, but was revived when another passer-by performed CPR.

“Emotions started taking over when he started to breathe. Everybody started to cheer. Lots of tears and clapping,” said Mullahkel, a father of a 4-year-old.

Fortunately, it looks like all three children will recover.

Something you’ll never hear from MAIG, the VPC or the Bradys is that guns are tools. Tools for having fun at the range, putting some meat on the table, defending your home or protecting yourself and your family. Just like a hammer or a knife, the decision of when and how to use them is up to you. Unless you live in certain cities and states, of course.

Chris Willden happened to have his tools with him when that car went into the drink. We’re sure Roger Anderson’s mighty glad he did. And three kids in Utah are alive because of it. It doesn’t get much better than that.


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Philosophy; US: Utah
KEYWORDS: banglist; rescue; river; ut
Different articles have been posted about this story. The comments at the link have a particularily good discussion about the difficulties of busting car windows and the utility of pistols in doing so.

It turns out to be much more difficult to do without a gun, especially if the window is underwater.

1 posted on 01/04/2012 6:46:46 AM PST by marktwain
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To: marktwain

It’s good to read a story about a gun as a tool (which it is), and not a thinking, self-aware weapon of mass destruction (which it isn’t).


2 posted on 01/04/2012 6:52:44 AM PST by deoetdoctrinae (Gun-Free zones are playgrounds for felons)
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To: marktwain

“You know the “reasonable, common sense” crowd’s litany, the one about guns only being good for one thing? Namely, killing, death and wanton destruction? “


Mitt Romney—“These guns are not made for recreation or self-defense. They are instruments of destruction with the sole purpose of hunting down and killing people.”


3 posted on 01/04/2012 6:55:54 AM PST by ansel12
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To: marktwain
Chris Willden happened to have his tools with him when that car went into the drink

Imagine if Willden were a metrosexual armed with only his i-Phone and afraid of getting his expensive new shoes wet.

4 posted on 01/04/2012 8:14:03 AM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: marktwain

Kudos to Chris Willden.


5 posted on 01/04/2012 8:17:16 AM PST by Rappini (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: marktwain

Kudos to Chris Willden.


6 posted on 01/04/2012 8:17:16 AM PST by Rappini (Pro Deo et Patria)
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To: marktwain
It turns out to be much more difficult to do without a gun, especially if the window is underwater.

True, but an alternative is an "automatic center punch" available at most hardware/tool supply stores for $5 to $7. It is a hardened steel punch with a spring loaded hammer in a compact cylindrical assembly, not much larger then a fountain pen. To use, place the point against the glass and continue to depress the body of the tool, cocking the hammer against the spring until the hammer is released by a sear mechanism, driving the punch forward. The resultant blow will shatter tempered safety glass without having to worry about where a bullet is going to wind up. I'd recommend keeping an automatic punch in the center console of every car you own.

There are also "rescue hammers" for sale at auto parts stores. These tools are actually a hammer with a pointed striking surface, the handle contains a knife blade shielded by a deep hook shaped slot in the handle. The shielded blade is much safer then a standard knife for cutting seat belts when the adrenaline is pumping (you hook the slot over the belt and pull) but the hammer is not as effective as the center punch in shattering the side window glass first time, every time. I believe that specialty knives with the blade shielding slot are available (EMT knife??) but you'd have to look a bit to find them.

Regards,
GtG

7 posted on 01/04/2012 8:59:23 AM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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From the comments at the link:

“As a volunteer firefighter I’ve broken many a car window and can tell you that they are much stronger than they look. We’ve had our automatic punch fail sometimes because we didn’t hit the window in the sweet spot. I honestly don’t think there is any way his knife could have done the job, especially with the windows submerged.”

I have a couple of automatic center punches. Perhaps I will put them in my vehicles, maybe tethered so that you could be sure to find them.

8 posted on 01/04/2012 9:54:43 AM PST by marktwain
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray
Big 5 Sporting has weekend sales that usually include some nice Smith & Wesson knives. I scored a nice "rescue" knife with the window breaker on one end, seat belt cutter (slotted, protected razor edge) and a fold out blade. Standard price is $69.99. Weekend sale price was $15.99. It travels in my backpack on my motorcycle. Too big for my pocket for daily carry. Another one lives in my center console on my F150 for the obvious purpose of getting out if necessary.

There are some jurisdictions that will assume your possession of the automatic center punch is for purpose of vandalizing windshields. I don't carry one for that reason. There is no way to know whether you are in that kind of a jackass jurisdiction until it is too late. A bit like carrying a firearm in New York.

9 posted on 01/04/2012 11:39:26 AM PST by Myrddin
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There are some jurisdictions that will assume your possession of the automatic center punch is for purpose of vandalizing windshields.

That is a new one to me but nothing much surprises me anymore. I expect the day will come when we are not allowed to carry a tool kit in the trunk because we might do something naughty with a Phillips head driver.

Did they actually say "vandalizing windshields"? I ask because windshields are made from laminated safety plate and do not disintegrate like the tempered glass in the side and rear windows. A windshield will pit from a center punch strike and over time develop a crack like you get from a stray piece of gravel.

G

PS Wouldn't they make the same assumption about a "rescue hammer"? It makes just about as much sense...

10 posted on 01/04/2012 2:23:21 PM PST by Gandalf_The_Gray (I live in my own little world, I like it 'cuz they know me here.)
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To: Gandalf_The_Gray
I accompanied my wife to her EMT training the night they were instructed in extrication techniques including use of the auto center punch for windshields. The EMT trainees were warned not to carry them. That was in the San Diego area in the Summer of 1978.
11 posted on 01/04/2012 4:56:36 PM PST by Myrddin
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