Thursday, January 17, 2013
2011_Tucson_Shooting in which Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords was shot: "The shooting took place on January 8, 2011, at 10:10 am MST (17:10 UTC). A United States Representative from Arizona, Gabrielle Giffords, was holding a constituent meeting called "Congress on Your Corner" at the Safeway supermarket in La Toscana Village mall, which is in Casas Adobes, an unincorporated area north of Tucson, Arizona. Giffords had set up a table outside the store and about 20 to 30 people were gathered around her when Jared Lee Loughner drew a pistol and shot Giffords in the head. The shooting was caught on video by a store security camera. Loughner allegedly proceeded to fire apparently randomly at other members of the crowd. He reportedly used a 9mm Glock 19 semi-automatic pistol with a 33-round magazine. A nearby store employee said he heard "15 to 20 gunshots". Loughner stopped to reload, but dropped the loaded magazine from his pocket to the sidewalk, from where bystander Patricia Maisch grabbed it. Another bystander clubbed the back of the assailant's head with a folding chair, injuring his elbow in the process, representing the 14th injury. The gunman was tackled to the ground by 74-year-old retired US Army Colonel Bill Badger, who had been shot himself, and was further subdued by Maisch and bystanders Roger Sulzgeber and Joseph Zamudio. Zamudio was a CCW holder and had a weapon on his person, but arrived after the shooting had stopped and did not use the firearm to engage or threaten the gunman." In this instance, the "good guy with a gun" subdued the "the bad guy with the gun", without using the weapon he carried. All he, Patricia Maisch, and Col. Badger needed was a folding chair, and the few portions of a second afforded when Laughner stopped shooting to change his ammo clip. Should we be grateful that Jared Laughner had only a 33-round clip, instead of the 100-round clip that Surefire provides?