Using a gun does not always make you a hero, but standing up to one does.

By |2019-05-02T08:06:27-08:00May 3rd, 2019|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |7 Comments

Mass shooting in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Courtesy of NYT:

In an alert that flashed across computer and phone screens all over campus, the instructions were spare but urgent: “Run, Hide, Fight. Secure yourself immediately.”

But Riley Howell could neither run nor hide. The gunman was in his classroom. So, the authorities said, he charged at the gunman, who had already fired several rounds, and pinned him down until police officers arrived.

“But for his work, the assailant may not have been disarmed,” Chief Kerr Putney of the Charlotte-Mecklenberg Police Department said of Mr. Howell, who was shot in the process and among six victims of a mass shooting at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte campus Tuesday evening. “Unfortunately, he gave his life in the process. But his sacrifice saved lives.”

On Wednesday, students and teachers were still reeling from the attack that left two students, including Mr. Howell, dead and four others injured. Chief Putney said the death toll could have been far worse had Mr. Howell, a 21-year-old former high school soccer goalie, not intervened.

“He is my hero,” said Mr. Howell’s girlfriend of nearly six years, Lauren Westmoreland, who said she was overcome with grief. “But he’s just my angel now, as well.”

The police identified the gunman as Trystan Andrew Terrell, 22, and said he had been charged with two counts of murder and four counts of attempted murder. The authorities said the handgun used in the shooting had been purchased legally.

Running at a gunman who is in the process of killing those around you is an act of unbelievable bravery. 

Courage does not come from owning a gun, in fact, that very ownership might prove just the opposite.

But to put yourself in harm’s way to defend others, that is the best of humanity. 

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  1. ABT May 3, 2019 at 8:02 am

    OT-Oh G did you know>March on Prevo’s Palace — Tell Franklin Graham to hasten away, taking Prevo with him. May 5th, 2019 11am.

    • akbright May 3, 2019 at 6:50 pm

      I saw an ad for that, too. It also said the Rep Young and Gov Dunleavy would be there, too.

  2. Anon May 3, 2019 at 8:11 am

    Wanna fix the gun problem?

    Fix the Bible problem.

  3. Anonymous in Chicago May 3, 2019 at 11:09 am

    94% of Americans want background checks for all gun buyers, yet, the Legislative Branch of the US Government continues to NOT pass any type of meaningful legislation to support the voice of the people. Nearly every day we have to read another story of a mass shooting. I and millions of other citizens are sick and tired of this ridiculous bullshit and lack of action by public officials to carry-out what the majority of the population in this country need.

    The picture that accompanied Gryphen’s article made me choke up. A peaceful picture of a young couple enjoying a beautiful day in beautiful surroundings, accompanied by their beloved dog. In that moment in time, for that couple, all was well in the world.

    Riley Howell was a hero that day. Where are the heroes in Washington, D.C.?

    • Anonymous in Chicago May 3, 2019 at 11:16 am

      P.S. We should question every candidate running for President about (a) what are they currently doing about the mass-shooting problem in this country, and (b) what is their campaign’s legislative agenda regarding gun control.

  4. Salute-RIP May 4, 2019 at 7:50 am

    Riley Howell-will be buried with full military honors

    A petition was filed on to have Howell buried with full military honors.

    “Riley was an ROTC cadet and would have served his country. Instead, he died saving the lives of his classmates. For his heroism, we ask that Riley be given a burial with full military honors,”

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