Arizona Shooting Triggers Assault On Gun Rights

Arizona Shooting Triggers Assault On Gun Rights

Virginia Citizens Defense League
Virginia Citizens Defense League

Covington VA –-( The Brady Campaign couldn’t wait to get in front of the press to call for more gun control (and more money) in the wake of the shooting of Congresswoman Giffords and 18 other people over the weekend.

And the usual anti-gunners in Congress are now rushing to put in bills to restrict your right to keep and bear arms.

Here is some important information about the shooting:

As it turns out there was a legally armed citizen who helped subdue Jared Lee Loughner. Upon hearing the shots, Joe Zamudio, who was legally carrying concealed, RAN TOWARDS the shots (as I expect a lot of you would have done, too), not away from the shots, hoping to stop the shooter and save lives.

As an armed citizen he was in a position to do just that. However, upon arriving, he saw that Loughner had just been disarmed and two men were struggling to subdue him. Zamudio, realizing there was no need for him to draw his gun at that point, wisely left it concealed and proceeded to assist in subduing and holding the shooter.

As I have said before, it is frequently the citizen who is the “first responder” to crimes and emergencies out of necessity. They may have to stop the actions of a violent criminal, render aid to a hurt person, etc. while waiting for the police, ambulances, and firetrucks to arrive.

The Fox News timeline shows police/paramedics arriving eight minutes after the first 9-1-1 call was placed. During that time the citizen first responders were saving lives.

Here is the CNN interview where Zamudio talks about being armed, running towards the shots, and helping hold Loughner:

From CNN:

The Fox timeline for the shooting: From Fox News:

  • 10:11 a.m. — First 911 call is received
  • 10:19 a.m. — 6-member rescue crew arrives.

Hats off to all four of the citizens, armed and unarmed, who subdued the killer at great risk to their own lives.

At least one legislator is rushing to put forward an anti-gun bill because of this tragedy. Other legislators are talking about putting in similar bills.

Shamelessly as usual, the Brady Campaign has already called for donations to their group based on the shooting.

As soon as today anti-gun New York Congresswoman Caroline McCarthy wants to put in a bill limiting the magazine capacity of firearms:

From Politico:

On the other side, the grieving father of the murdered 9-year-old girl tells Fox News that his daughter would not want more restrictions placed on Americans based on her death (this is a tough, tough interview to listen to):

While I don’t see anti-gun bills getting any traction in the newly elected Congress, we need to keep an eye on them just in case.

VCDL will put out a call for action should it be necessary. In the meantime our thoughts and prayers go to those touched by the shooting, as we focus on the Virginia General Assembly, which starts this week.

Virginia Citizens Defense League, Inc. (VCDL). VCDL is an all-volunteer, non-partisan grassroots organization dedicated to defending the human rights of all Virginians. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms is a fundamental human right. Visit:

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