I will leave it up to much smarter people than me here and elsewhere to write long essays and columns about the events in Tuscon over the weekend and tease out the deeper meanings.
I have a few simple takeaways.
I still haven’t heard what the shooter was using. I am guessing a .22 – could a person like the Congresswoman really survive anything bigger going all the way through her head? They said that around 5% of all people who get shot in the head survive. Amazing.
I wish the Congresswoman well. I feel really bad for all of the victims who will get washed out of this tragedy since the media will want to follow the Congresswoman’s story (this is akin to the victims of the Deepwater Horizon getting washed out of that story). Even a kid died. I heard this morning that is was Dallas Green’s granddaughter.
Our media is really stupid. Still. And Forever.
Most importantly – you are the first responder. Not the cops, not security, you. I don’t know how the attacker was subdued, but I can only assume some guys eventually tackled him when he was reloading and I assume they beat the hell out of him to subdue him. In any situation such as this, all the cell phones, beepers, pagers, and iPads in the world won’t help you. You and others have to take charge and attack the attacker. To this day I don’t understand how all those people at Virginia Tech died, allowing themselves to be shot execution style. I will at least die “with my boots on” to coin a phrase. My actions might not stop the killer, but at least I can try.