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article imageOp-Ed: A good man with a gun wasn't enough

By Robert Weller     Jun 9, 2014 in Crime
Las Vegas - The National Rifle Association wants the nation to believe that the only answer to a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun.
Thirty-one-year-old Joseph Wilcox was one of those good men. Now he is dead.
He tried to intervene after two crazies executed two policemen in a pizza parlor in Las Vegas and tried to escape into a Walmart.
Unfortunately he had only seen one of the killers, 31-year-old Jerad Miller. When he approached Miller, the killer’s wife shot him dead.
The Millers had already shot officers Alyn Beck, 41, and Igor Soldo, 31, dead as they ate their lunchtime pizza. Neither officer was able to fire back. It happened too fast.
But the killers took the time to drape a revolutionary “Do Not Tread On Me” on one of the officers.
They had already made a suicide pact so they were ready when officers chased them into a nearby Walmart.
Amanda Miller, apparently wounded by one of the officers, shot her husband and then herself.
Swastikas were found at the killers’ home of the couple as well as ties to rancher-protestor Cliven Bundy, and plans to seize the Las Vegas Courthouse and begin public executions, Batman-movie style.
Advocates of gun controls have argued that arming the public won’t solve the public because the killers will have a plan and be prepared to execute it. They also argue innocent bystanders may be shot by well-intentioned people.
Wilcox’s uncle, John Wilson, told the Las Vegas Review: “He wasn’t political. But he definitely believed in the right to bear arms and the right to defend yourself and others.” Wilson, choking back tears, said: “He basically… he heard the threat to everyone and he was trying to stop it,” Wilson said. “He wasn’t trying to be a hero. He was trying to do what he thought should be done. “
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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