A very good article, indeed. Because the caption with the article showed Jeanne Assam, I sent Mr. Sowell the following e-mail...
This was an excellent article. I realize you are not likely the person responsible for the article layout, but I would like to bring to your attention the fact that the accompanying picture of Ms. Assam labels her, as do most of the news accounts, as a 'security guard.'
Please note that the New Life Church pastor went out of his way in comments to the media to describe Ms. Assam as a congregation member who did volunteer work to assist with security at the church, and that the church specifically does not retain paid security guards. I believe it is very important here for the public at large to know that the rampaging gunman was stopped by a regular citizen with a license to carry a concealed handgun; falsely labeling Ms. Assam as a guard only perpetuates the media driven myth that only 'properly trained professionals' can ever hope to accomplish any good with a firearm.
It does Ms. Assam a discourtesy in that this description as a security guard implies she was only doing a job in halting Matthew Murray's shooting spree, and it does the public a disservice in obfuscating the beneficial role of the armed private citizen in contributing to the defense of society as a whole.
Thanks for your attention.