Veins of Gold in America
Like Newbius, I am rather tired of the constant stream of commentary, it’s no longer news, surrounding the recent Arizona shootings. I have attempted to limit my own commentary on this subject, but today I must post something positive in regards to this recent event, because the positive aspect surrounding the Arizona shootings can remind us that America still has veins of gold.
But the most truly newsworthy features of the story are what did not happen here.
There was no riot. There were, to be sure, some 20 victims and 6 deaths, but not dozens. No one bled to death while people cowered and waited for a SWAT team from the sky. The agony did not go on for hours or days, but was ended quickly.
Aside from the names of the fallen, the names that should be remembered are those of the citizens who acted as Americans should, to protect and help themselves and their neighbors in the event of danger. Roger Salzgeber and 74-year-old retired Army National Guard Colonel Bill Badger, who was slightly injured, tackled the shooter. Joe Zamudio helped pin him to the ground. A 61-year old woman, Patricia Maisch, grabbed the magazine the shooter had dropped while trying to reload, and then knelt on his ankles. Daniel Hernandez, Jr., rushed to the side of his new boss, Congresswoman Giffords, applying pressure to her wound, and keeping her from choking on her own blood. Let us commend and thank all of them, and resolve to act as they did if we are ever in such a situation. Let us remember their names, and black out the shooter’s. (bold by ed.)
From a post written by Jane M. Orient, M.D., titled A Tucson, Arizona Physician’s Commentary: There is More to the Story of The Tucson Shootings, linked via a post at the blog Wealth is not the Problem titled The True Wealth of our Nation.
John, I’m surprised you weren’t aware of Beth Haynes and her blog - I think her blogging is so often so good that I feel ashamed not to be doing much better myself.
She was also a contributer to a blog called “simlycapitalism” (http://www.simplycapitalism.com) which now sadly seems defunct. Some of the work she and others did at that place was often superb, but seemingly neglected - perhaps partly because the quality and quantity of argument and factual support in their pieces was so much higher than just about anything anyone else was doing, and so it didn’t lend itself quite so well to the casual argumentative dynamic you find at places like Samizdata.Posted by mike on 01/15 at 05:23 AM
...I’m surprised you weren’t aware of Beth Haynes and her blog…
Mike, I was not aware of Beth’s writing, either at her current place, or at “simplycapitalism,” unfortunately.
And I thought I read quite extensively.Posted by John Venlet on 01/15 at 07:47 AM
You better duck!
I agree with you. Well put!Posted by jb on 01/15 at 02:34 PM
You put it well, too.
Take the sugar, Mateo. LOLPosted by jb on 01/15 at 11:11 PM
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