So I’ve seen this a few places and figured I would post it since it deserves recognition.
The shooter however did see Meli and promptly took his own life ending the confrontation.
Now I bring this up because it has been pushed down the page. Even if the events of Friday had not occurred it is still quite likely we wouldn’t know about the actions of Nick Meli from the national news. Why?
We have a perfect example of a defensive gun use within a public setting. We have an example of a concealed carrier acting responsibly and thinking about his backstop and possible innocent casualties. Tell me, would a police officer restrained himself in that case? I highly doubt it and the New York shoot out provides a good solid example of that. Especially since most officers will be protected from negligence by qualified immunity.
Our opponents are beating the drums, last night I had someone on twitter arguing how one just needs 911 and there’s no need for firearms. As horrible as it is, now is the time we must remain vigilant and we must fight. The media will do all they can to suppress things that do not fit their narrative, it is up to us to give those stories a voice.
Barron is the owner, editor, and principal author at The Minuteman, a competitive shooter, and staff member for Boomershoot. Even in his free time he’s merging his love and knowledge of computers and technology with his love of firearms.
He has a BS in electrical engineering from Washington State University. Immediately after college he went into work on embedded software and hardware for use in critical infrastructure. This included cryptographic communications equipment as well as command and control devices that were using that communications equipment. Since then he’s worked on just about everything ranging from toys, phones, other critical infrastructure, and even desktop applications. Doing everything from hardware system design, to software architecture, to actually writing software that makes your athletic band do its thing.