“We believe the existence of a personal, malevolent being called Satan who acts as tempter and accuser, for whom the place of eternal punishment was prepared, where all who die outside of Christ shall be confined in conscious torment for eternity,” Oikos University’s website proclaims. “He can be resisted by the believer through faith and reliance on the power of the Holy Spirit.” But not, apparently, armed self-defense. I’m not saying that an armed student or teacher could have taken out spree killer One Goh before he shot and killed seven students at California’s [non-accredited] Okios University. But I am saying that not personally preparing for an active shooter in a school environment—or, worse, gathering en masse during the crime—is like being a lamb to the slaughter. It’s early in the reporting process, but here’s sfgate.com‘s account . . .
Paul Singh, 20, of Santa Clara said his sister was among the victims shot and survived.
Singh said his sister, Dawinder Kour, 19, was attending her nursing class when the shooter burst through the door.
“He grabbed a lady that was filing, and brought her in and said everybody get against the board,” Singh said outside of Highland Hospital, where his sister recovered from a gun shot wound to the forearm.
What happened next in the classroom was not clear, Singh said.
“My sister called me, running, saying I’ve been shot,” he said.
This account differs in some details from other reports (e.g. the most recent AP article). But the bottom line seems to be that Goh gathered his victims and shot them. sfgate.com characterizes the assault as some kind of “spray and pray” attack.
“The suspect used a .45-caliber handgun, spraying a classroom with gunfire and firing additional shots as he ran out, said the source, who did not wish to be identified because the investigation is ongoing.
Not to go off on a gruesome tangent, but if Goh’s .45 handgun was California-compliant and there was but one kill zone, then Goh hit a victim with every bullet fired. (Except, perhaps, one bullet carried in the chamber.)
The number of victims would also reflect on the lethality of the .45 caliber round; especially when compared to the hit rate of, say, the Fort Hood shooter, armed with the FN FiveseveN.
The idea that gun laws will stop spree killers has been dead for some time. Unless the Trayvon Martin shooting has reawakened the sentiment and tipped the balance towards mindless gun control. Which I doubt.
Truth be told, the real tragedy here is that academics and gun control advocates continue to leave our children in gun-free zones (the cop above said some of the victims were “locked behind doors that didn’t lock”). Equally, we fail to provide unarmed students with an appropriate survival strategy for an “active shooter.” With predictable and tragic results.