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That Tragic Day
On the morning of January 8th, 2011, US Representative Gabriell Gifford was holding an open meeting in front of a Safeway grocery store near Tucson, Arizona. A shooter, 22 year old Jared Loughner, targeted Gifford, shooting her in the head, and then opened fire on the crowd. Laughner shot 19 people, 6 of the victims died. Laughner stopped shooting when he ran out of ammunition. When the shooter attempted to reload he was hit over the head with a chair and 74 year old Bill Badger tackled the shooter to the ground, even after he himself had been shot. The gunman was subdeud by Bill Badger, Roger Sulzgeber and Joseph Zamudio. The gunman attempted to reload at which point Patricia Maisch grabbed the magazine. Badger is a retired Army colonel and credits his military training for his quick response. Other heros include Daniel Hernandez who acted to slow the Gifford’s bleeding and Dorwan Stoddard who died trying to shield his wife from the gun shots.
Bad Guy – Good Guy? – The Other Person With A Gun
Before Joseph Zamudio helped hold down the gunman, he was inside Walgreens and heard the shots, he reacted quickly running outside. Zamudio was carring his firearm, as he left the store he clicked the safety off and had his hand on his gun that was concealed inside his jacket. When Zamudio arrived on the scene he saw Badger holding the gun, and initially thought he was the shooter. This brings up an important point, if you carry a firearm and you are on the scene of a shooting you need to think before you act. The person with the gun may not be the actual shooter, and you don’t want anyone, especially the police to mistake you as the shooter. This kind of mistake or “friendly fire” can happen in combat or during police action. First responders and those in the Military are trained to size up a scene upon before taking action. Unlike Badger, Zamudio did not have any military training. Zamudio admits he hasn’t had any formal weapon training, however he was raised around guns and is very comfortable with his firearm.
The Debate Continues
It’s one of the most debated subjects, to carry or not to carry. Many people like to express their Second-Amendment right to bear arms. There are also those that think that stricter gun laws are needed. Some people have this idea that gun owners want to run around like a vigilante, others simply believe it is their god given right to protect themselves and their family. People in favor of stricter gun laws feel that citizens don’t need a weapon for self defence because we have police for that. Gun advocates point out the violence and chaos after Hurricane Katrina, citizens were left to fend for themselves. With the Tucson Tragedy at the forefront of our minds, more and more people are talking about carrying weapons. Some people criticize Arizona gun laws and the recent shooting near Tucson has further ignited debate over gun laws. Recent debate includes whether or not students should be allowed to carry a weapon on campus.
Whether you are for or against citizens being able to legally conceal and carry weapons, you should read this story about Zamudio, the young man that ran to the chaotic scene of the shooting in Tucson, especially if you do carry a weapon. Running onto a scene where there are gun shots can be very confusing, and it may be difficult to identify who the bad guy is. The attached story includes the different dynamics of this tragedy and how serious split second decisions were made by this young man, with no special training. Understand how these actions can save a life.
Arizona law no longer requires you to obtain a concealed weapons permit, in order to conceal a weapon, however I would still recommend taking the class if you plan to conceal and carry. I have taken the class at Scottsdale Gun Club, and learned a lot about the laws and my rights to carrying a firearm and defending myself in a worst case scenario.
We will always remember the heros and victims of this tragedy. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the victims and their families.
Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin was in Phoenix this Tuesday for her national book tour. The book went on sale Tuesday, and Sarah Palin began her book tour here in Arizona. Palin’s new book “American by Heart: Reflections on Family, Faith and Flag”, is already in the top 10 on Amazon best-seller list. There were actually people that camped out over night at the Barnes & Noble bookstore at Desert Ridge for a chance to meet Palin.
I didn’t camp out over night, but I was able to meet Sarah Palin while she was here in Arizona. Unfortunately, I was not able to get a photo with her. I can tell you she is even more beautiful in person and was very approachable and sincere. I am excited to among the first to have a signed copy of her new book.
Best of Both Worlds Az has dedicated a series of posts to American Veterans and Soldiers
Please take time to read the following posts, and share any comments.
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Army Reserve Staff Sgt. Brett Bennethum, is standing in formation at Fort Dix, just before being sent into the U.S. government’s occupation of Iraq, his four year old daughter refused to let go of his hand.
A Picture Is Worth A Thousand Words
Do you really support our troops?
I think most people would say that they support our troops. What does that really mean, to “support” our troops? It’s easy to buy the tee shirt or slap a bumper sticker on your car, but I am not sure that fully constitutes supporting our troops. I think that it is easy for Americans to become a little bit self involved and forget about everything outside of our own world. Perhaps you are thinking about where you will go for happy hour, what outfit to wear, the office gossip, or some sort of sporting event. Consider for a moment the every day life of a soldier or how they cope with returning to civilian life after a year or more of combat. Imagine how the parents, children and spouses cope while their loved one is deployed.
You can not wear patriotism like a fashion accessory, and you can not “support” our troops as a trend. To me supporting our troops is more than acting politically correct. To support someone is to provide for them, give them strength, and to keep them from becoming week or falling. To support our soldiers, is to become an advocate on their behalf.
“We often take for granted the very things that most deserve our gratitude.” -Cynthia Ozick
My Personal Story
For those who don’t know, my brother is a medically retired, disabled Veteran.
I would like to share what life was like for my family and I while my brother was deployed. My brother was deployed to Iraq at the beginning of the war. At that time the war was basically televised 24/7. Every moment I was home, my television was on CNN or Fox News. If I was in my car, I was listening to news radio. I was waiting to see or hear something familiar, anything that suggested he was alive and safe. Every night, when they would list the names of fallen soldiers, we would listen and pray that his name wouldn’t be next. Every night that his name was not on the list, I would thank God. I would also feel guilty and almost ashamed for my gratitude, because I knew that at the same time, there was another family listening to those names and suffering my worst fear. I was not alone on this emotional roller-coaster, my mother was also a wreck. My brother’s wife and kids were struggling too, and trying to exist in everyday life, minus a father and husband. Our entire family spent a year worried. Occasionally he was able to call his wife, but there wasn’t a lot of communication at that time. We would send letters and care packages, but wouldn’t get a letter back for months. It’s difficult having someone you care about in a war. You know the dangers and possibilities, and you never know if they are okay. The worst part is feeling helpless; you can not protect them or even offer any advice. As an older sister, I have always been protective over my “little” brother, but war challenges that behavior. You can only pray and wait.
Me with my brother
I began to doubt that Americans truly support our soldiers, shortly after my brother came home from Iraq. When my brother first came home, it was like a weight had been lifted. I will not share all of my feelings and experiences of that time. I prefer to keep those memories for myself. I will say that I was excited to celebrate my brothers safe return and fully expected that every one else would feel the same. I imagined a hero’s welcome would greet him every where he went. I promised to take him out, and was excited to show him our local bars and night clubs. I was shocked and sorely disappointed at the complete lack of gratitude and enthusiasm expressed for a returning soldier. There were a few people who bought him drinks or thanked him for his service and my brother appreciated any gratitude he received. I don’t think he really had any expectations. I on the other hand, had high expectations, something along the lines of a red carpet treatment. I was totally embarrassed by the superficial behavior that surrounded me. It was that night that I realized that some people think a VIP is a stripper or a douchebag with an abundance of hair gel. I felt like a child that just found out Santa Clause isn’t real. I looked around at the men in the club and wondered how they would react if there was a draft, and they had to replace their BMW’s and hair gel for IED’s and Kevlar. Do these guys appreciate that there are men that volunteer to fight for this country? If it were not for the volunteer service of our soldiers, these guy’s would not have their evenings free to buy overpriced drinks and pretend to be awesome. I know that my attitude may seem abrasive, but I always held Americans to a high standard of patriotism. When I see American patriotism taking a back seat to materialism, vanity, entertainment and self absorbency, it breaks my heart. I hope this does not represent a new American attitude. If you have not done something to show your gratitude towards a veteran or our soldiers, then you can not claim to support or troops, however you have every right to feel ashamed.
In the beginning of a change, the patriot is a scarce man, and brave, and hated and scorned. When his cause succeeds, the timid join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot. ~Mark Twain, Notebook, 1935
Jesse and Josh while deployed in Iraq
I would like to dedicate this post to my brother Jesse and his close friend Josh.
Jesse and Josh were in Iraq together, and maintain their friendship today. Both have lived in Arizona and were in the 4th Infantry Division, stationed out of Fort Hood Texas. Together they operated a missile launcher, Jesse was the gunner and Josh was the driver. Thank you for your service to our country, and thank you for allowing me to share your personal photo’s.
I would like to thank all American Soldiers and Veterans for their service.
Please share something that you have done to support our troops. I would love to hear your personal experience.
Soldiers R U.S.
Soldiers R U.S. is a local non-profit that has sent 8000 care packages overseas to our troops. Through local school districts, volunteer organizations and individuals donating travel size items, they can now show them a touch of home and hopefully build their morale.
They also specialize in supporting our troops as they return home and try to acclimate back into society and its pressures. This is why they try decompressing as many troops as possible every year by bringing them to professional and x-treme sporting events.
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