Daily Archives: December 15, 2012

UPDATED: "I Knew If I Fired And Missed, I Could Hit Them," Good Guy With Gun WAS At Clackamas Town Center Shooting

“I know after he saw me I think that the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself.’

Nick Meli was a guy was shopping at Clackamas Town Center where he used to pull duty as a security guard the night a crazed gunman opened fire and killed two people and wounded another. The 22 year old trained his gun on him when he realized that he might hit innocents. He told KGW:

“He was working on his rifle,” said Meli. “He kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side.”

The break in gunfire allowed Meli to pull out his own gun, but he never took his eyes off the shooter.

“As I was going down to pull, I saw someone in the back of the Charlotte move, and I knew if I fired and missed, I could hit them,” he said.

Meli took cover inside a nearby store. He never pulled the trigger. He stands by that decision.

“I’m not beating myself up cause I didn’t shoot him,” said Meli. “I know after he saw me, I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself.

He wants to be a cop. I’d say he certainly has the temperament for it.

Here’s what’s on Nick’s Facebook page that he posted last August.

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US Borrows $ From China==>Gives to Battery Maker==>Goes Bankrupt==>China Buys==>Provides Parts for US Auto Industry==>China Wins==>US Taxpayers Lose

 How’s that green energy stimulus working out for ya?

It is a triple irony.  The U.S. borrowed money from China to subsidize a battery company to compete with state-subsidized Chinese battery companies.  The American company gets bought out by a Chinese company for about the same amount of money that the U.S. government gave it.  The U.S. still has to pay the money back to China.  The Chinese company buying the American company makes a lot of money by providing auto parts for the cars that Americans drive.

The story is here. 

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US Borrows $ From China==>Gives to Battery Maker==>Goes Bankrupt==>China Buys==>Provides Parts for US Auto Industry==>China Wins==>US Taxpayers Lose

 How’s that green energy stimulus working out for ya?

It is a triple irony.  The U.S. borrowed money from China to subsidize a battery company to compete with state-subsidized Chinese battery companies.  The American company gets bought out by a Chinese company for about the same amount of money that the U.S. government gave it.  The U.S. still has to pay the money back to China.  The Chinese company buying the American company makes a lot of money by providing auto parts for the cars that Americans drive.

The story is here. 

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UPDATED! Mall Shooting Aftermath: Good Guys Carry Guns in "Gun Free" Zone

Clackamas Town Center was a gun free zone.

A killer knew that and gunned down two people, wounded another and then took his own life. He terrorized 10 thousand people in the mall, and tens of millions more around the country.

Photo by Michael Pliska

Today Clackamas Town Center reopened. But the old rules–only ever followed by the law abiding–are now opened to question. This shopper certainly thinks that.

We need to rethink these gun free zones.

Listen to this interview with John Lott, author of More Guns, Less Crime for the numbers on mass shootings like that which happened at Clackamas and at the school in Connecticut. It’s an eye opener.

I went to Clackamas Town Center to do A LOT of Christmas shopping today. Every sales person was greeted with a, “How are YOU doing?” I hope I wasn’t too cloying. In the perfume area of a major department store, I commiserated with a couple of salespersons. One woman just blurted out, “We live in a fallen world.”

She was so right.

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