There was a terrorist dressed as a security guard, armed with a knife, who injured 10 people in a Minnesota mall. He was stopped by a well-trained concealed carry permit holder. This man is not the stereotypical “good guy with a gun” that the right wing seems to believe stops tragedies: he is, in fact, exactly the kind of person that most liberals want having guns and a true hero.
Allen West has chosen to use this tragedy, and the man who stopped it, to attack liberals. He spent the time to write an article all about how liberals won’t want you to know anything about the hero who stopped a terrorist. Why? Because the media called him an “off-duty officer,” and didn’t list all his qualifications immediately.
The attacker in the St. Cloud Mall this weekend has been identified as a 22-year-old Somali man and “solider of ISIS.” But let’s ignore him for a moment and focus on the hero who brought him down – because you can be quite certain the liberal media doesn’t want you to know ANYthing about him.
His name is Jason Falconer, an off-duty police officer and firearms instructor who owns a gun range.
Dear Allen West: with all due respect, f*ck you. Not only for politicizing this tragedy to use as an attack against liberals, but also for attempting to use this hero to put guns in the hands of people who have little to no training.
This man is no clueless civilian who took a three-hour course to get a concealed carry permit and then never darkened a gun range, or practiced with that weapon, except to try out bigger guns or to blow something up. This man is not a hobbyist with NO training or respect for his firearms putting other American’s at risk with his irresponsible actions.
The hero who stopped this tragedy, in the words of the blog “Bearing Arms,” is a man more fully trained and capable than most POLICE OFFICERS who are armed.
“Jason Falconer isn’t some marginally-trained big-city patrol officer with just a basic grasp of using his department-issued firearm.”
As described by the pro-gun website: Falconer is a USPSA (United States Practical Shooting Association) Shooter, 3-Gun Shooting competitor (a competition using various firearms on a closed course), and “NRA-certified firearms instructor.” “President and owner” of Tactical Advantage LLC, a shooting range and “tactical training facility” with a strong focus on training concealed weapon carriers. Oh, and a former chief of the Albany (MN) police department and he remains a part-time officer.
Literally, Jason Falconer is absolutely qualified, vetted, trained, and has passed background checks to become a police officer. He also had to obtain the licensures necessary for the business type he owns in the state of MN through the MN Department of Public Safety. It would seem that he fits what much of the left calls “gunsense” to a “T.”
According to the Sun, Falconer was compelled to use deadly force in this case after the terrorist got up and continued his assault after being shot not once, but twice, fatally wounding him on the third shot. This was no reactionary spray-n-pray shooting, there was no collateral damage.
“Falconer opened fire as the suspect lunged towards him.[The suspect] got up and continued his terrifying assault each time he was shot until he was eventually fatally wounded.”
“Yep, they (media) don’t want this guy’s sporting gun bonifieds and dedication to instructing civilians to reach the light of day. So they will just call him ‘off duty officer’ because they want the public to believe that cops are the only ones who should be allowed to carry in public, and the only ones who could have stopped this guy.”
“Why did Falconer have to kill the terrorist?!?!? Why didn’t he just shoot him in the shoulder or the leg, or shoot the knife out of his hand ?!?!? What gives him the right to play God?!?!? Why? Why? WHY?!?!?!?!?
Said no leftist ever ……..”
Falconer is exactly the kind of man that should be carrying a gun should they so choose. Well vetted, well trained, and with a professional background that gave him the ability to make the split second decisions that ended the murderous intentions of a terrorist.
He was no insane open carry activist wandering around that mall with a long gun, terrorizing families and causing police to have to waste time checking into who he is. He has met, exceeded actually, all of the basic requirements that the “deranged leftists” want for the safety of all Americans. That, however, doesn’t fit the NRA’s script of evil left wingers trying to upend the Constitution and ban all guns.
Yet, this man, a man who appears to fit the definition of a truly responsible gun owner, is the one that Allen West is choosing to use to fire up the reactionary right wing in order to maintain the fiction that we, the left, (and Obama) are “coming for their guns.”
Shame on you Allen B. West.
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