An armed guard successfully disarmed a 14-year-old shooter who had opened fire at an Atlanta middle school on Thursday. Thanks to the courageous off-duty school resource officer, only one student was shot and no one was killed.
Yet CNN host Piers Morgan on Friday argued that the armed guard, an unidentified off-duty Atlanta police officer, “was NOT able to stop” the Atlanta school shooting, apparently because the teen shooter was able to shoot just one student before he was stopped.
“REVEALED: Armed guard was NOT able to stop Atlanta school shooting,” Morgan posted via his official Twitter account. He then linked to a story with a headline that completely contradicted his questionable claim. “Armed guard disarmed teen in Atlanta school shooting, says police chief,” the headline read.
REVEALED: Armed guard was NOT able to stop Atlanta school shooting – sltrib.com/sltrib/world/5…
— Piers Morgan (@piersmorgan) February 1, 2013
Morgan, a particularly vocal supporter of strict gun control in the U.S., has been against the National Rifle Association’s proposal of putting armed guards in schools across the country from the get-go. It seems that the CNN host was unwilling to admit that armed guards can — and did in this instance — prevent mass school shootings from occurring. There is no telling how tragic Thursday’s shooting could have been had that armed guard not been in the building.
Several Twitter users, including best-selling author Brad Thor, were quick to call out Morgan’s obvious bluff.
— Brad Thor (@BradThor) February 1, 2013
@piersmorgan You seem to have a reading comprehension problem, piers. The armed cop ended the shooting.
— Stephen Gutowski (@collegepolitico) February 1, 2013
@piersmorgan you’re an idiot. Learn to read.
— Amanda Rothstein (@AmandaRothstein) February 1, 2013
— CFLancop (@CFLancop) February 1, 2013
It’s a wonder light escapes the gravity of @piersmorgan‘s stupidity.
— Jason Hart (@jasonahart) February 1, 2013
The 14-year-old student who was shot in the neck, identified as Telvis Douglas, has been released from the hospital. The total death toll of Thursday's school shooting will stay put at zero. Police still believe the shooting to be an isolated incident.
What do you think? Did the armed guard save lives, or was he too late as Morgan suggests?
(H/T: Brad Thor)