Caught in a restaurant shooting with no gun? A crazed psycho shooting up the place and you don’t have so much as a pocketknife with which to defend yourself? Use what you have to get what you need. (From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer)
One man fought (Psycho murderer, name redacted as per site policy), throwing a barstool at him and using another barstool to fight him. He was a hero, Seattle Police Assistant Chief Jim Pugel said, because that allowed two or three people to escape through the door the shooter had blocked.
Why did he do it? Aside from the fact he needed to, I mean? (Also from the PI)
“I just threw the frigging stool at him, legs first,” the man who challenged (Psycho murderer), described only as Lawrence, told a department spokesman. “My brother died in the World Trade Center. I promised myself, if something like this ever happened, I would never hide under a table.”
And then he follows up the incredibly brave act with something we’re seeing a lot of in the true heroes we seem to be surrounded with. (From Seattle PD “Blotter” blog, linked by the PI)
“I wasn’t a hero,” Lawrence says, pointing out that a café employee, who was wounded in the shooting, was able to call 911 and “lucidly” give police information about the shooting. “He’s the hero,” Lawrence says.
What was it that made the difference? One word. Will. He had the will to win. In the South, it’s called “Oh HELL No!” He didn’t stand around wishing he had something better, he got off his ass and used the chair to effect change. He was the weapon. The chair was just a tool. He had a plan.
You have a plan, right?
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