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http://www.cnn.com/2007/US/12/10/colora ... index.html

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado (CNN) -- A Colorado Springs megachurch instituted security precautions after a shooting at a Denver area mission center earlier Sunday, saving "hundreds of lives" at the New Life Church, senior Pastor Brady Boyd said Monday.

A New Life parishioner acting as a security guard shot and killed a gunman who entered the church Sunday afternoon after he had gotten no more than 50 feet inside the building, Boyd said.

Two teens, identified by police as Rachael Works, 16, and Stephanie Works, 18, were killed in what Boyd called "a senseless, random attack."

Boyd said the teens were sisters and were shot in the parking lot. Police said their father David Works, 51, was also shot and is hospitalized in fair condition with two gunshot wounds.

Boyd said the female security guard was a hero in preventing further bloodshed, rushing to confront the gunman just inside the church.

"She probably saved over a hundred lives," Boyd said of the guard, whom he said is not a law enforcement officer and used her personal weapon. Video Watch pastor tell how guard saved lives »
 

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Absolutely -- That woman prevented Colorado Springs from becoming the next Omaha. But you & I both know that the antis will only see the one side of it. I appreciated what both the CSPD Chief and the Pastor said -- it definitely tells the public WHY CCW needs to be allowed (Colorado is a will-issue state), but just wait -- The Brady Bunch will start mass mailings tomorrow.

We'll see, I'd like to be wrong, but hmmm...Seven killed in Omaha, Four killed in Colorado, Yeah, "We Need Your $11.00 donation to make the country safe from guncrime." Hmmm...that's not enough -- OK, Here-go--"The demented shooters who were misunderstood and put on a cold potty seat at age three used an EVIL AK-47! So, send $47.00 to us TODAY!"
 

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'spose I could buy a bunch of gift cards and trade 'em for guns at the mall? :roll:
 

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Thanks, Jay, Yeah - BOY! I'm feelin' more safer already.
 

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The Security guard is indeed a hero. God Bless her! He certainly blessed the people in that church when she showed up for work.

Unfortunately Gunrnr is probably right, the gun grabbers are going to jump up and down, twist everything around and demand repremand of the guard, that could be the worst case scenario. The best case scanerio: the guard gets a job that pays a little over minimum wage, and she doesn't have nightmares for the rest of her life.
 

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Well, I think the best case scenario would be that some liberals and the public in this country realize that many more deaths or injuries were prevented by the presence of 1 legally carried handgun.
 
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Well, I think the best case scenario would be that some liberals and the public in this country realize that many more deaths or injuries were prevented by the presence of 1 legally carried handgun.
Except they're also going to press the point that she's an ex-LEO, and, therefore she is trained, unlike Joe Citizen who should cower in the corner, dial 911, and wait for the LEOs to save him.
 

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Investor's Business Daily ~ Repost

The title is stupid, but the article is fairly written. GR
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A Dirty Harriet Saves Day In Colorado

Second Amendment: As the Supreme Court ponders what the Constitution means, a volunteer security guard in Colorado shows that the problem with society may not be who has guns, but who doesn't.

Every time there are multiple shootings, like those that occurred over the weekend at the Youth With A Mission missionary training center in Arvada, Colo., and later at the New Life Church in Colorado Springs, we are lectured about the easy access to firearms in the U.S. and the dangers it creates.

But many are thankful today that Jeanne Assam, a volunteer security guard at New Life, had easy access to a gun when Matthew Murray entered the east entrance of the church and began firing his rifle. Murray was carrying two handguns, an assault rifle and more than 1,000 rounds of ammunition.

Assam, who worked as a police officer in downtown Minneapolis in the 1990s and is licensed to carry a weapon, shot Murray. Had she not done so, more than two would have been killed at the church that day. Two others had been killed by Murray at Arvada. New Life's senior pastor Brady Boyd said Assam's actions saved the lives of 50 to 100 people.

Last February, another disturbed young man from war-torn Bosnia entered the Trolley Square Mall in Ogden, Utah, and began shooting, killing five people. Utah is a right-to-carry (RTC) state but lets property owners post signs proclaiming an exception on their premises.

A sign posted in the mall reminded people that concealed carry permit holders could not bring their weapons inside. Trolley Square was a gun-free zone, except for predators. Fortunately, inside the mall was an off-duty Ogden police officer, who was carrying a concealed weapon in violation of the law, and was the first to trade shots with the gunman. He is credited with preventing the murder of more innocent victims.

Unfortunately, he was at the opposite end of the mall and on another floor when the shooting started. If concealed carry permit holders were allowed to take their firearms into the mall, maybe those five could have been spared or even defended themselves.

Gun-control advocates argue that allowing people to carry guns encourages their reckless use.

But despite dire warnings by RTC critics, neighbors aren't routinely offing neighbors and bodies aren't piling up like cordwood across America in one huge Gunfight at the OK Corral.

Since 1991, according to NRAILA.org, 23 more states have adopted RTC laws for a total of 40. The number of privately owned firearms has risen by nearly 70 million and violent crime is down 38%. In 2005, RTC states had, on average, a 22% lower violent crime rate, 30% lower murder rate, 46% lower robbery rate and 12% lower aggravated assault rate.

Like Trolley Square, Westroads Mall in Omaha, Neb., where eight people were gunned down recently was also a gun-free zone. So was Virginia Tech, where a gunmen killed 32 people in two attacks hours apart.

This Colorado incident comes as the Supreme Court hears an appeal of a ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in Parker v. District of Columbia. The ruling struck down D.C.'s draconian ban on the private ownership of firearms as a violation of the Second Amendment's right to keep and bear arms.

The D.C. court ruled, among other findings, that the Second Amendment's placement high in the Bill of Rights makes it, and the right to self-defense, along with speech and religion, etc., an individual right.

We think Jeanne Assam and the people she saved would agree.

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