Mercy Shot: What if Someone in the Aurora Theater Had Been Armed?

Written by S.C. Sherman on December 7, 2013

Haven’t we all asked that question? It boils the carry argument down to the simplest form. People answer several different ways, but as with all what ifs we’ll never know for sure. I’m of the belief someone carrying a weapon in that situation would’ve dramatically changed the outcome of the entire event. I believe there would be fewer dead if a responsibly armed citizen had been munching popcorn that night. Others disagree. They’re allowed to disagree, but they’re wrong.

What if? That question haunts me like the ghosts of the needlessly dead. I’ve discussed it ad nauseam and discovered incredibly varied opinions. Personal protection and the rights bestowed upon us in our Constitution are crucial to me and revered by many. The power and freedom found in the Second Amendment is staggering. That freedom and our rights are under assault in America. With each new Bloomberg law many of us dig in and learn just what Molon Labe really means.

That is the context that found me relentlessly typing into the wee hours of the morning, consumed with writing my latest novel titled Mercy Shot. I believe this story will be loved by many, hated by others, but it definitely captures the times we find ourselves in. Read the reviews and the synopsis. If you are interested … I thank you for buying a copy and I encourage you to buy one for a friend. This novel is the gift of the year for any freedom-loving-patriot.

What are people saying…

Mercy Shot is a riveting, modern tale of the twisted and insidious war that’s being waged against our Second Amendment rights. S.C. Sherman does a great job of forecasting in this timely tome of how things could possibly go down. My advice is to a.)Read this book and b.) Buy a stack of guns and ammo, pretty damn quick. Molon Labe. – Doug Giles, CEO of

“A page turner that does a good job of laying out an all-too (sadly) plausible scenario in today’s world of treacherous anti-liberty politics.” – Steve Deace, Nationally Syndicated Radio Host

“As a Professional Firearms Instructor the title and subject had me curious from the opening chapter. With the many familiar places (Iowa City, IA) where the story unwinds it quickly drew me in on a personal level. It is a story about Trust, Love, Faith, and Family and I couldn’t put it down until the end.” –Steve Hensyel, Hawkeye Firearms Instruction

“When I was approached to review Mercy Shot I was honored yet somewhat skeptical. It’s one thing to write a good page turning novel about a Second Amendment related topic, quite another to do it well. I was concerned whether S.C. Sherman could accurately capture the challenges we face today. I was pleasantly surprised. Mercy Shot not only captured my interest, but also the political, social, and legal challenges that freedom loving, pro-Second Amendment Americans face today at a local, state, and federal level. I highly recommend it!” – Jeff Burkett, President of the Iowa Firearms Coalition

So what’s it all about…

What if someone in the Aurora theater would have been armed?
What if a teacher in Newtown had been carrying a concealed weapon?
At the Riverside Church Massacre … someone was.

Josh Sackett never intended to kill anyone. His deep belief in America’s Second Amendment drove him to get his concealed carry permit. His passionate desire to protect his family demanded that he carry a pistol. Over time, it became a habit, almost an afterthought, like carrying a cell phone for most people.

It was a Sunday like any other. Josh Sackett took his family to the popular Riverside Church, nestled along the banks of the Iowa River. His children were in their Sunday school classes. His wife and older daughter worshiped at his side. Life was sweet. That’s when it happened.

Gunshots in the lobby tore through the melody and exploded into Josh’s mind. He didn’t think. He reacted the way he’d always hoped he would. Gun in hand, Josh left the sanctuary and came face-to-face with death. Kill or be killed. How would you react? Josh Sackett knows the answer to that question.

Nine-one-one calls cry out for help. Within minutes, bloody pictures hit the internet. Phones vibrate in the pockets of local and national political figures. The eyes of the nation focus in to view the horror. Like driving by an accident, you don’t want to look, but you do. Blood demands action. The sound of gunfire dissipates as the real gun-fight has only just begun.

Mercy Shot is ripped straight from the current headlines of today. The national debate rages on with true-to-life media personalities, politicians, and power players of the twenty-four hour news cycle. Josh is a hero to some, a villain to others. His life and future hang in the balance and a court of law.

Mercy Shot will make you laugh, cry, and shake your head in frustration. It’s a grass-roots story of how national issues impact real lives on a local level. Political powers clash in an epic struggle waged in cyberspace, as well as, the courtroom. The battle is not really about guns, but over the very soul of America.

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S.C. Sherman
S.C. Sherman grew up a farm kid in rural Iowa. He graduated from the University of Iowa with a degree in Communications Studies. Steve is a business owner, and recently ran for Iowa State House of Representatives.. S.C. enjoys political commentary and great stories. He has written three fiction novels found at He currently lives with his wife and four children in North Liberty, Iowa.