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Thread: Decision Not To Shoot Was a Sound One...

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    Regular Member Gil223's Avatar
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    Decision Not To Shoot Was a Sound One...

    PORTLAND -- Nick Meli is emotionally drained. The 22-year-old was at Clackamas Town Center with a friend and her baby when a masked man opened fire.
    "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?,'" he said.
    The friend and baby hit the floor. Meli, who has a concealed carry permit, positioned himself behind a pillar.
    "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."
    The gunman was dead, but not before taking two innocent lives with him and taking the innocence of everyone else.
    "I don't ever want to see anyone that way ever," said Meli. "It just bothers me."
    The after-incident interview video - which is not just a rehash of the printed article - is here:

    This young man not only acquired his target, but (as he should have been) he was also aware of what was behind the BG, and opted not to fire his G22 pistol. GOOD DECISION! Pax...
    Glocks ROCK!

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    And who knows how many more people would have been shot before the suicide if the gunman had not seen an armed citizen. These guys that do this are most certainly going to want to die and not risk any chance of injury and apprehension.
    "It's not important how many people I've killed. What's important is how I get along with the people who are still alive" - Jimmy the Tulip

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    Lawfully carried firearms can protect, even when they aren't fired.

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    Regular Member sudden valley gunner's Avatar
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    Agreed, the guy weighed the outcome and chose not to hurt another by accident.

    It showed a measure of self control and concern and restraint the anti's say don't exist among gun owners.
    I am not anti Cop I am just pro Citizen.

    U.S. v. Minker, 350 US 179, at page 187
    "Because of what appears to be a lawful command on the surface, many citizens, because
    of their respect for what only appears to be a law, are cunningly coerced into waiving their
    rights, due to ignorance." (Paraphrased)

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