I know this story has been out there for a day or two now. It still deserves amplification.
The Colorado 18-year-old who armed up with a shotgun and went hunting for his teacher at Arapahoe High School last week would probably have done more damage had there not been an armed guard on the premises, according to A.W.R Hawkins.
Speaking on December 14th, Arapahoe Sheriff Grayson Robinson told CNN that when Pierson entered the school his “intent was evil, and his evil intent was to harm multiple individuals.”
While Pierson was able to critically wound one student, from his first shot to his last, the only life that was lost was his. Robinson said “a critical element” in this scenario was the deputy who ran toward “the noise of gunshot,” when “many would run away from it.”
Robinson said the deputy “went to the thunder,” which brought him to the library where Pierson was holed up.
On the way into the library the officer directed students to “get down” and let everyone know he was a “county deputy sheriff.”
Said Robinson, “We know for a fact that the shooter knew that the deputy was in the immediate area and while the deputy was containing the shooter, the shooter took his own life.”
This incident lasted 80 seconds. At Sandy Hook Elementary, where there was no armed guard, Adam Lanza had approximately four unimpeded minutes to carry out his evil intent.
The NRA was the highest profile group to call for increasing the number of armed guards at schools following the Sandy Hook tragedy. The outcome at Arapahoe suggests that they were right, and their critics — which included the Obama administration — were wrong.