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5 Lessons In The Heroic Act That Stopped The Seattle School Shooter
Townhall.com ^ | June 8, 2014 | Doug Giles

Posted on 06/08/2014 7:24:27 AM PDT by Kaslin

Last Thursday, another loon (like Elliot Rodger) opened fire with a shotgun on students at Seattle Pacific University, killing one and wounding three others.

It could have been a veritable bloodbath as the culprit, Aaron Ybarra, intended, according to law enforcement, to “unleash hell” on the campus; but a quick thinking, non-wussified young man rose to the occasion and peppered sprayed this SOB when he was reloading and brought him down to Chinatown.

I’ve got two words for that brave move by that fine young squire: Ya and Hoo.

Check it out Daily Mail:

A 26-year-old gunman has opened fire at a small, Christian university in Seattle – killing one student and wounding three more with shotgun blasts.

And police say he could have killed others if it wasn’t for the actions of one heroic student who pepper sprayed the gunman and tackled him to the ground.

Students at Seattle Pacific University say Jon Meis saved countless lives when he sprang into action as the shooter stopped to reload his weapon Thursday afternoon.

Meis, a 26-year-old engineering student, is engaged to be married and has ‘everything to live for’ friends said. But he risked his life and ended the murderous rampage.

‘I’m proud of the selfless actions that my roommate, Jon Meis, showed today taking down the shooter. He is a hero,’ tweeted Matt Garcia.

Classmate Briana Clarke told the Seattle Times that Meis, who was on duty as a hall monitor, sprayed the attacker in the face, grabbed him around the neck and then wrestled him to the ground.

Yep, instead of rolling up in the fetal position and wetting his big victim diaper, Jon Meis did what normal young men used to do, namely, kick the bad guy’s butt by any means possible. Someone buy that man a beer.

Now, for all the criticism of “alpha males” and how men nowadays need to be more like Michael Jackson and less like Leonidas, I bet the kids and faculty at SPU, and their respective relatives, are sure as shizzle glad this Meis hombre tapped his primal, protective impulses when the crap was hitting the fan and saved the day.

Gentlemen, should you ever find yourself in a sticky situation in close proximity to an active shooter, as Mr. Meis did, put this in the back of your noggin; it might save a few lives:

1. Obviously, get out of the shooter’s line of sight. I know … duh. Stay safe, assess the situation and try to maneuver from behind.

2. Be willing to sacrifice self to save others. That’s what Meis did and it worked. Jon had no guarantees he was going to come out of that altercation alive, but he ponied up anyway and it worked, saving God-knows how many lives.

In that kind of crap storm, calling the cops only allows el Douche the time to reload and keep mowing down the innocent. Aggressive action is the cure for the active shooter. Take the bastard out. Bull rush him. Yes, you might die but you also might save a lot of innocent lives. That’s the gamble of the hero.

3. Have a weapon at your disposal. Granted, a gun in the hand of a good guy would have really helped, but Meir used what he had and the pepper spray worked effectively on the perpetrator. If for some reason you don’t have a deterrent on you, get creative and use what you have at hand like a laptop, or a heavy book bag or a frickin’ chair. Or if you’re eating Chinese food ram some chopsticks into the dipstick’s eardrum and pierce his empty head.

4. If you have the good fortune that your first strike worked and you’ve incapacitated the moron, don’t stop and admire your lucky strike. Do what King David did to Goliath and cut his head off. Or, if that’s too much, choke him out.

5. Don’t be greedy with your heroic act -- invite others to join the melee as Jon did and dog pile the dude. Have fun. The more the merrier, eh?

I’m convinced many of these massacres could have ended with a lot less casualties if we all did a little mental prep and a little physical training, because I am convinced that these losers aren’t the Rambo’s they think themselves to be.

Great job, Jon Meis. If someone could get me his address I’d love to send him a box of my world-class Safari Cigars.


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1 posted on 06/08/2014 7:24:27 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin

Jon Meis, under zero-tolerance rules, will now be expelled from school for possession of pepper spray.

/s

(hope not)


2 posted on 06/08/2014 7:30:55 AM PDT by logi_cal869
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To: Kaslin

YES!


3 posted on 06/08/2014 7:34:37 AM PDT by Blue Collar Christian (Vote Democrat. Once you're OK with killing babies the rest is easy. <BCC><)
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To: Kaslin

My daughter shared an Internet thread showing that the Internet has responded and every item on his marriage registry Target and Crate and barrel for him and his fiance has been purchased. Seems he is getting married in two weeks. Reports indicate a crowd sourcing effort is active to fund their honeymoon is well underway.

Posting from mobile. Excuse typos.


4 posted on 06/08/2014 7:35:47 AM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Kaslin

He will be arrested for not “sheltering in place”.


5 posted on 06/08/2014 7:36:40 AM PDT by jwalsh07
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To: Kaslin

Colleges now have “hall monitors”???


6 posted on 06/08/2014 7:41:25 AM PDT by Bob
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To: Bob
Colleges now have “hall monitors”???

Based on this event, I guess they are needed.

7 posted on 06/08/2014 7:48:52 AM PDT by Right Brother
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To: Kaslin
Two reasons why the media has dropped this story like a hot potato:

(1) The assailant was Hispanic
(2) The victims were White religious Christians

8 posted on 06/08/2014 7:54:11 AM PDT by AuditTheFed
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To: Kaslin

SPU is a Christian university. This fine young man is an example of the kind of student they produce.


9 posted on 06/08/2014 7:56:26 AM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Pain is inevitable. Misery is optional.)
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To: Kaslin
There's your first responder.
10 posted on 06/08/2014 8:03:22 AM PDT by pa_dweller (Extremist tea-party-driven hostage-taking legislative arsonist without a life)
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To: Kaslin
If for some reason you don’t have a deterrent on you, get creative and use what you have at hand...

Now there's a topic that is worth discussing in detail. There are lots of things that one would not normally think of as being defensive measures or highly effective weapons......

11 posted on 06/08/2014 8:07:55 AM PDT by hecticskeptic
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To: AuditTheFed

They ran with it for a while claiming that all you need for defense is a can of pepper spray against a bad guy with a gun.

Then came the Georgia shootout in which a deputy shot a bad guy with a gun.


12 posted on 06/08/2014 8:17:01 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Sometimes you need more than seven rounds, Much more.)
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To: Kaslin

Yep.

I would have punched that guy’s time card so many times he’d require facial reconstructive surgery.

Hope he gets life at a minimum or has one last electrifying moment.


13 posted on 06/08/2014 8:55:29 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: Kaslin

3. Have a weapon at your disposal

When I met my wife I had already served in the military and had been a LEO and Corrections Officer. In a discussion of what to do if someone got in the house when I was not there I showed her that every room possessed a variety of effective weapons with which to dispatch some scum bag.
Don’t get me wrong we have weapons but you should always know your surroundings and what might be used if needed.


14 posted on 06/08/2014 8:56:17 AM PDT by SECURE AMERICA (I am an American - Not a Republican or a Democrat.)
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To: Blueflag

LOL!

Congratulations, though I’m not sure what this has to with the subject.


15 posted on 06/08/2014 8:56:45 AM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: AuditTheFed
"Two reasons why the media has dropped this story like a hot potato"

The media have tried to put a fig leaf over it, but Meis (the hero) listed "Firearms" as one of his "Likes" on his Facebook page. Listed under that category were the NRA, Remington, and several other gun and outdoor equipment manufacturers. He is also involved in a paintball-type hobby, and is strongly pro-2nd Amendment, and apparently a hunter.

The original article about him in the Seattle Times described him as "outdoorsy," and a later article finally conceded that he was "knowledgeable about guns," as if he had read about them in a magazine or something. The "Firearms" section on his Facebook page was never mentioned. (Can you imagine it not being mentioned if it had been on the SHOOTER's Facebook page? Of course not - that fact would have virtually defined the shooter.)
16 posted on 06/08/2014 9:08:38 AM PDT by Steve_Seattle
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To: Kaslin

The media is now going to argue that you don’t need a gun to defend yourself or stop a mass murderer — all you need is a can of pepper spray.


17 posted on 06/08/2014 9:09:54 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: Kaslin

I sat next to a guy on the subway once who told me how he could kill somebody with a ball point pen if attacked. People here sometimes confuse the gun with the willingness and courage to act quickly and counterattack.

There is no weapon in the world that will help you unless you are swift enough and fearless enough to simply attack your attacker. Attitude is all, and we’ve raised a very disempowered generation...except for people like this guy.


18 posted on 06/08/2014 9:52:15 AM PDT by livius
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To: livius

It’s funny but true - that’s one of the things I get a kick out of watching Jason Statham or the Bourne movies - creativity in offensive attacks. Yes, I know they’re just movies but the take-away point I thought was that the quick decisive decision is the major plus in the matter.


19 posted on 06/08/2014 10:03:45 AM PDT by time4good
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To: time4good

I agree. Even something like screaming loudly can help, if for example you’re talking about a little old lady who probably couldn’t resist very effectively. But if she got mad right off, I bet she’d at least disrupt things.

The cops always tell people to go along with it, etc. That might have made sense back in the days when murder was a capital crime and the average petty criminal really wasn’t going to off you. And when the mentally ill were in mental hospitals and out of circulation.

But now citizens have to be much more proactive in their defense, and they don’t have to be armed to do it. Or if they are armed, they have to know that it’s not just symbolic and they may have to use that weapon.


20 posted on 06/08/2014 10:15:17 AM PDT by livius
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To: Vendome

The topic was the hero dude. His registry (and his fiance’s) are totally paid for by people on the Internet.


21 posted on 06/08/2014 12:42:18 PM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Bob

New name for RAs.


22 posted on 06/08/2014 12:42:35 PM PDT by Blueflag (Res ipsa loquitur: non vehere est inermus)
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To: Blueflag

Dang I’m stoopit.

Went back and read your post.

Completely read that different.


23 posted on 06/08/2014 12:49:02 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: livius

I’ve spent my life trying to act and not react. But... I have broken up fights and even a gang fight once just by reacting.

I’ve saved kids from drowning and running in front of cars, I once jumped into a running car than was careening toward a supermarket door and stopped it, broke all 5 of my fingernails opening the door to jump in.

The problem is that I never stop and assess, I just react. My husband says I’ll get myself killed some day but now I’m old enough I don’t care LOL.


24 posted on 06/08/2014 4:03:30 PM PDT by tiki
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To: tiki

Sounds pretty adventurous and you may have saved yourself more than once! Seriously, quick reaction is the key to survival.


25 posted on 06/08/2014 8:14:35 PM PDT by livius
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