The difference between Courage and Cowardice is determined in a split second.
The natural instinct of a legal gun owner is to run TO the fight and not from it. The person carrying a gun legally knows that there is alot of RESPONSIBILITY and RESTRAINT (something the left knows nothing about) that goes with it.
This is 24 year old is more of a man than the lefties could ever hope to GROW INTO.
Badger, 74, prior military and a 24 year old, conceal carry gun owner, are the caliber of people who are the HERO’s in society.
Where this 24 year old is a hero, here’s a victim of the shooter, a lefty, who has no discipline or self control:
Arizona – Tucson – Shooting victim, James Eric Fuller, arrested for “threatening the life” of a TEA PARTY founder – Trent Humphries – Both the result of LEFTIST issues with self – control and decades of the “do what feels good” mentality.
The difference between the two men is extraordinary.
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Badger, Maisch, Salzgeber and Zamudio: Bystanders Who Stopped Gunman
In a crisis, we say, we can’t be sure how we’d react — whether we’d run or freeze, scream or, as in a nightmare, be unable to make a sound. But four bystanders in Arizona now know that they kept Saturday’s shooting rampage at a shopping center from becoming an even more catastrophic event, according to law enforcement officials.
As it was, the attack killed six people, including a federal judge and a 9-year-old girl, and wounded 14, including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who authorities say was the target of the attack.
But if the gunman had been able to reload his semi-automatic pistol and keep firing, Pima County Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said Sunday, “there would have been a huge, greater catastrophe.”
The gunman was thwarted in that effort by four unassuming people who were identified as Bill Badger, Patricia Maisch, Roger Salzgeber and Joseph Zamudio. Not one of them is willing to call himself a hero.
Maisch, who looks more storybook grandmother than crime fighter, told reporters that she had not run from the scene of the attack because she feared she would be shot. But when she saw the gunman trying to reload, she made a move to grab the magazine.
“The two men that secured him were the heroes,” Maisch, 61, told CNN. “I just was an assistant in being able to get that magazine or clip.”
It was the self-described “assistant,” however, who created just enough of a distraction to allow two others — Badger and Salzgeber — to tackle the shooter. Then Zamudio, who had been inside a nearby Walgreens when the shooting started, helped hold down the assailant.
Badger, 74, told WNEP television in Moosic, Pennsylvania: “I asked him when we were holding him down, ‘Why in the world would you do something like this?’ and he wouldn’t answer. He was only 22-years-old. He looked like a young kid to me when I saw him and just why would he do something like this? There’s no reason and the concern of mine was to shoot a 9-year-old girl and to shoot innocent people, something has to be wrong.”
Badger, a retired Army colonel, said he had just done what anyone else would have done. “Once you’re in the military, you never retire,” he said. “You’re always there to help the community and the people who are in danger.”
Salzgeber was even more reticent, declining to talk to reporters who telephone him and saying the authorities had promised him his name would not be released, according to The Arizona Republic. “I’m totally stressed out about this,” said Salzgeber, who was one of the top three signature collectors for Giffords petitions when she was qualifying to run for re-election in 2010. “I’m not interested in talking.”
Zamudio said the gunman was already on the ground when he reached him. “I laid on him and held him down, and made sure the gun was down,” Zamudio said.
The gunman, who authorities have identified as 22-year-old Jared Loughner, was armed with a 9-millimeter Glock semi-automatic, which FBI Director Robert Mueller said he had obtained last November. Mueller did not say where Loughner got the gun. CNN reported it was purchased at a store in Tucson.
Federal prosecutors filed charges against Loughner Sunday afternoon, including one count of attempting to assassinate a member of Congress, two counts of killing an employee of the federal government and two counts of attempting to kill a federal employee. Mueller indicated that additional charges may be filed based on the continuing investigation.
The criminal complaint said that investigators found a letter from Giffords in a safe at Loughner’s house thanking him for attending one of her “Congress on Your Corner” meetings in 2007. The complaint added: “Also recovered in the safe was an enveloped with handwriting on the envelope stating ‘I planned ahead,’ and ‘My assassination’ and the name ‘Giffords’ along with what appears to be Loughner’s signature.” (See a copy of the complaint here).
Dupnik, who has received wide attention for his remarks Saturday attacking the amount of “vitriol” in political rhetoric that he said may contribute to violence, repeated that view with obvious emotion on Sunday and also lashed out at laws that let “everybody” carry guns.
“I think that when the rhetoric about hatred, about mistrust of government, about paranoia about how government operates and to try to inflame the public on a daily basis, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, has impact on people especially who are unbalanced personalities to begin with.”
Asked how he felt about Arizona’s gun laws, Dupnik said of the state, “I think we’re the Tombstone of the United States of America.”
“I have never been a proponent of letting everybody in this state carry weapons under any circumstances that they want and that’s almost where we are,” he said. “The legislature at this time is proposing that students and teachers be allowed to have weapons in schools and in college. . . . That’s the ridiculous state to where we have become.”
Dupnik was referring to a bill proposed by state Sen. Karen Johnson that would allow people 21 and older who have a concealed weapons permit to carry a firearm at public colleges and universities, where they are generally not allowed. She said that if a student or teacher was armed, they could act if a gunman tried to open fire on campus as had happened at Northern Illinois University in 2008.
The 74-year-old Dupnik is a Democrat who, according to the Washington Post, “is known for his colorful and often bluntly partisan commentary.” He has called Arizona’s new law cracking down on illegal immigration “racist” and “stupid” and has refused to enforce it. He has also described Tea Party partisans as “bigots.”
Dupnik’s Saturday remarks drew a rebuke from Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, a Republican, who said on CBS’ Face the Nation, “I didn’t really think that that had any part in a law enforcement briefing last night. It was speculation. And I don’t think we should rush to speculate. I thought that the report that we just saw from Tucson seems to have it about right. We really don’t know what motivated this young person except to know he was very mentally unstable.”