Sunday, October 01, 2006

I am puzzled by this

Everyone has read about the school principal in a Wisconsin high school who was killed by a student; it is just now that I have been reading some of the details, and I am a bit perplexed.

Hainstock had pried open his family's gun cabinet, took out a shotgun, retrieved the key to his parents' locked bedroom and took a .22-caliber revolver, according to the complaint.

He entered the school with the shotgun before classes began and pointed the gun at a social studies teacher, but Thompson wrested it from the teen, the complaint said. When Hainstock reached for the handgun, Thompson and the teacher ran for cover.


Can anyone tell me why, after taking a shotgun from someone, you would run away when they pulled out a .22 pistol? It seems to me that you could either use the shotgun the way it was intended, or, if you were unfamiliar with firearms, at least use it like a bat and smack the kid upside the head? Are people so programmed to be afraid of a handgun that they abandon all reason when facing one, even when they have an equal or superior weapon at hand? Running from an attack is not always the smart thing to do; it usually means being hit/stabbed/shot in the back.
Just my opinion.

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

Maybe the shotgun looked easy to grab and wrestle away.

Since a handgun can be brought quickly into play and held close to the body it may have seemed like more of a threat at the time.

Why he didn't use the shotgun?

Panic probably, loss of nerve or something like that.

BobG said...

I'd be more scared of running away; to me the natural reaction would be to lay the butt of the shotgun into his head.

hammer said...

I agree. I think that would be my first reaction.

MrsJoseGoldbloom said...

I would have been scared, but I think my self preservation gene would have kicked in and I would have split his skull open like a melon with the shotgun!

Okay I just scared myself...LOL

Kirsten N. Namskau said...

This is called post-traumatic stress, where the logical sence collapses. You have just wrestlet a shot-gun out of his hands and up comes a hand-gun, the next is maybe a spring-knife...

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Kirsten N. Namskau said...

This is called post-traumatic stress, where the logical sence collapses. You have just wrestlet a shot-gun out of his hands and up comes a hand-gun, the next is maybe a spring-knife...

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