Ed Driscoll

Vet Tackled Shooter

“I guess it’s more newsworthy when the shooter is thought to be a veteran than one of the guys who ended the shooting is a veteran:”

74-year-old Colonel Bill Badger tackled Jared Loughner while he was reloading his Glock according to telephone interviews with Fox News. Yeah, you go and try to find the story somewhere.

Col. Badger was also shot in the back of his head before he tackled Loughner. According to Col. Badger, someone whacked Louchner with a folding chair while he was reloading. That gave Badger an opportunity to grab his left arm while someone else grabbed Loughner’s right arm and they forced him to the ground.

The media can play stories regarding elderly vets a few different ways — when they’re not discarding them entirely as being nonessential to the basic narrative flow.