Tragedy at Ohio State Should be Wakeup Call for America

The nation has experienced yet another attack at what many would consider a “soft target” – this time it was a college campus. Despite the wide spread availability of safe spaces, sensitivity training and dreams of open borders, someone still felt enough rage & hatred to attack his fellow students. Although the motive is still under investigation, it really doesn’t matter. In the end, there will always be those who wish to do harm to others, and preparation is the only way to survive.

November 28, 2016 – shortly before 10 AM, news feeds from coast to coast announced “Active Shooter at Ohio State, at least 8 injured.”  It was not long before similar news feeds, lacking updates concerning the actual situation, followed up by repeating the same unreliable rhetoric they rely on immediately following every tragedy.  Over the next couple of hours, I received articles discussing Ohio’s lax gun laws, the dangers of allowing firearms on campus and interviews with students discussing how terrified they were by the sound of bullets being sprayed.

ohio-st-attackBut guess what? Every one of these articles was wrong. There was no active shooter. Ohio gun laws have nothing to do with what happened. Firearms on college campuses, or anywhere else for that matter, have no bearing on today’s events. No bullets were sprayed, no one outside the immediate area of the attack were in danger. The media ran with a vague immediate warning from campus Public Safety and made assumptions, built a story based on it and filled in the blanks with generic generalizations. However, the problem is not what didn’t happen – people are accustomed to the news guessing when no info is available. The truth is much scarier.

Here’s the rest of the story. At a little before 10 A.M. a freshman student, later identified as Abdul Razak Ali Artan, attacked a group of other students by first crashing his car into a crowd then exiting his vehicle and slashing bystanders. Of course the investigation is still ongoing; however, officials have stated Artan was freshman of Somali origin. A Facebook post linked to the attacker reportedly claims he was retaliating for “attacks on Muslims.”  The only shooter was the responding officer, a hero who took out Artan before he could hurt anyone else.

No gun, no shooting spree, plenty of injuries but far less serious than first reported. So why do I think this is scarier than what was originally said? Today’s attack is far scarier than a lone gunman upset because he wasn’t making the grade in college. Today a lone attacker with no access to a firearm still found a way to attack and injure a large number of people with nothing more than a car and butcher knife. This proves more gun laws offer no protection. It also suggests that college safe spaces are anything but. Luckily, a police officer was nearby and responded quickly, but what would have happened if that officer had been farther away, or even worse, unarmed because the sight of armed police officers frighten students?

America needs to understand that open borders, kind words, safe spaces and disarming law abiding citizens do not make for a safe environment.

Disclaimer: The content in this article is the opinion of the writer and does not necessarily reflect the policies or opinions of US Patriot Tactical.


Tom Burrell

Tom enlisted in the US Marine Corps Reserves in 1987. Following service in Desert Storm, he transitioned to active duty with the US Coast Guard. In 1997 he left the USCG to pursue a position in conservation & maritime law enforcement. Tom is currently a Captain and he oversees several programs, including his agency investigation unit. He is also a training instructor in several areas including firearms, defensive tactics and first aid/CPR. In 2006 Tom received his Associate’s Degree in Criminal Justice from Harrisburg Area Community College and in 2010 a Bachelor’s Degree from Penn State University.
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