TTAG reader GB writes:
The grim tally of the Bacha Khan University terror attack by Taliban on Wednesday that left 22 dead and dozens injured would certainly have been higher if not for Asst. Chemistry Professor Syed Hamid Hussain. Father of two, UK earned Ph.D, and keen hunter, 32-year-old Hussain was well-respected by the students, who nicknamed him “the Protector” for carrying a 9mm pistol ever since teachers were encouraged to do so by Pakistani authorities following the Peshawar school massacre in 2014 that left 150 dead . . .
Wednesday’s attack, which occurred in Charsadda, about 50 miles from Peshawar, followed a similar tragic script. Yet this time, as the “Allahu akbar”-hollering jihadists approached the building and stormed up the stairs, Prof. Hussain drew his pistol, stood his ground even though outnumbered, and proceeded to hold off the long-gun wielding terrorists, thereby giving students the time necessary to get away to safety before he was cut down in the firefight.
Honor where honor is due. Honor for making the choice that so many shy away from, expecting others to take up the slack. Honor for earning his nickname “the Protector” in life, and even more honor for earning it by saving the lives of others while paying the ultimate price. Prof. Syed Hamid Hussain is our Gun Hero of the Day.