You just gotta love the Colorado Springs Gazette. On the one-year anniversary of the New Life Church shootings, they take the opportunity to promote CCW.
OPINION: More than a ‘security guard’
December 8, 2008 - 7:22 PM
An armed psychopath killed two teenagers a year ago, after he showed up at New Life Church heavily armed with two handguns, a rifle, 1,000 rounds of ammunition and a plan to shoot up the congregation of thousands.
The psycho's rampage was quickly foiled when a member of the congregation, Jeanne Assam, pulled her own handgun and stopped him. Her quick and brave actions disabled the man, leaving him to take his own life.
This week, residents of the Pike Peak region should maintain a place of sadness in their hearts for the deaths of Rachel and Stephanie Works, ages 16 and 18 respectively, who were shot in the parking lot before the killer entered the church. And we should all give solemn thanks, once again, for Jeanne Assam.
Assam has been treated respectfully by the media, but she hasn't been praised enough. In a more common-sense world, she'd have been the cover of every mainstream magazine under the banner headline "hero." Instead, Assam has been characterized thousands of times in media stories as a "security guard," and a former big city cop who performed well under pressure. This portrayal, while technically accurate, can be counterproductive.
Assam was a "security guard" only in the loosest sense the phrase. She wasn't paid. She didn't have a badge. She wasn't wearing a uniform. If she was a "security guard," so is any citizen who's licensed to carry a gun.
Assam did not credit her past work as a Minneapolis cop, or her weapons training, for her actions last year. She credited only God, who "guided me and protected me."
Assam was more an ordinary member of the congregation than she was a security guard.
She was a citizen who took the responsibility to apply for and purchase a permit to carry a handgun concealed. She did this not for financial gain or personal aggrandizement, as neither comes with spending money for a permit to hide a tool. So what was Assam's motive for carrying a gun to church? It was the selfless motive of saving lives, just because it's the right thing to do.
When remembering the tragedy of Dec. 9, 2007, remember it like this: A year ago, a private citizen with a gun saved the lives of hundreds of people a deranged gunman planned to kill. The woman, with only a small-caliber handgun and a few rounds, stopped a heavily-armed maniac. A year ago, an ordinary person put her life on the line so that others might live.
Jeanne Assam did what any level-headed, responsible citizen could do with the proper preparation and motivation. Do not remember her actions as the work of just some "security guard."
We don't need more cops and security guards to keep us safe. We need more responsible, ordinary, average citizens to take responsibility for the safety of themselves and others - as Jeanne Assam did.
Good to see something different posted in the news. Sad to have the lost of 2 young lives, but the death toll could have been much higher had it not been for 1 woman and her pistol.
Amen in the truest sense of the word!!
Well written article, too bad the anti's will never understand it.
Originally Posted by archer51
Jeanne is a real hero, glad she chose to carry in church and ended up saving lives. Good article the CC community gets so little credit for it's bravery.
Very good article.
I wonder how Assam is dealing with this one-year anniversary....
Hopefully at the range.
Originally Posted by gilraen
WOW! The Gazette printed that! I totally agree with the article, I'm just shocked they printed something positive. I seriously doubt that any of the news stations we have would put such a positive spot light on the matter.
Anyway, my hat is off to Ms. Assam.
The Gazette is very pro-2A and pro-CCW, and isn't shy about printing such things. They had a pro-"CCW on campus" piece a few days ago.
You're absolutely right about the local TV stations - they seem to be on the opposite end of the spectrum.
Wow. I am impressed.
And _very_ much agree with the sentiment in regard to she not being simply excused away for her effort, valor, and successful action as because she was a "security guard" which is how much of the press ran it at the time.
Don't forget that the night before he killed 2 people at the Youth with A Mission dorm in Arvada. That was exactly 1 mile from my house. That incident solidified my resolve to get my CCW.
Finally a newspaper seems to be getting it right.... :congrats: