The press won’t be hyping this story, because it highlights the responsible role of a gun owner responding even before law enforcement has time to arrive on the scene.
In Fort Smith, Arkansas, 26-year-old Zachary Arnold shot 87-year-old Lois Hicks dead in her own apartment. He proceeded to fire indiscriminately into other apartments, intending to build on his murder spree.
One responsible citizen put a stop to it.
If there was any doubt as to whether he was trying to set up a mass-casualty event, Arnold was reportedly calling the residents to come out of their apartments and evacuate the building. One witness described him as yelling, “You guys get out here, come out here, everyone get out of this building right now.”
Two women answered his call to evacuate, then retreated back to their respective apartments when they saw his gun. Lois Hicks, unfortunately, did not close her door in time to lock her killer out. She had been shot multiple times.
Then he started firing indiscriminately into other apartments.
Police in Fort Smith, Arkansas, located on the border with Oklahoma, say that after Zachary Arnold, 26, fatally shot Lois Hicks on Saturday morning, he continued to shoot at neighboring apartments with a semi-automatic rifle. Another resident, who has not been named, retrieved a hunting rifle and shot and killed Arnold, police said.
…Lane said she was grateful for the neighbor who shot Arnold.
“If he didn’t do that, who knows how much worse it could have gotten,” Lane said. —STL Post-Dispatch
The villain, the victim, and the hero of this story all lived in the same apartment. Police were called just before 7:30 am on May 15th.
This story is yet another data point of evidence pointing toward what we’ve been claiming all along. The gun is only the tool, it is neither good nor evil.
One hero cared about human life enough to take the shot. The other guy cared so little about human life that it took a bullet to stop him from taking more lives.
The really dangerous element in this story is not the firearm he was brandishing so much as the callous disregard for human life in the heart and mind of the guy who used it to terrorize strangers.
In situations like these, it would be worthwhile to start digging a little more into what ideas and worldviews led to such a wanton disregard for human live — his own and everyone else’s. If we start seeing trends of shared ideas — and I suspect we would — should recognize it and ask some soul-searching questions about why this trend is spiking.
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