...by the mainstream media, about the convicted felon who barged into the Boiling Springs, South Carolina Southside Freewill Baptist Church with a shotgun on Sunday.
Probably you didn't read or hear about it was because no blood was shed and no one died.
And the reason that this wasn't more "newsworthy" was missing from all the Associated Press wire reports picked up by everyone from The Washington Post to ABC News to the always fair and balanced1 Huffington Post.
Here's what no one would have known unless they were reading or watching Spartanburg County news reports:
"Church members, including Aaron Guyton, a concealed weapons permit holder, acted quickly.
Aaron Guyton held Gates at gunpoint, as church members Jesse Smith and Leland Powers held him on the floor and waited for deputies to arrive."
A follow-up interview with Spartanburg County Sheriff Chuck Wright was even more direct:
"A South Carolina sheriff is praising a man with a concealed weapons permit who helped disarm someone who kicked in the door of a church armed with a shotgun."
Why this key element of the incident was not reported by the mainsteam media is unknown, but it's likely because the story had a happy outcome, #1, and, #2, the presence of that legally carried handgun helped to affect a positive resolution.
Or am I getting too cynical in my advanced years?
I am reminded of the incident where Jeanne Assam used her legally concealed handgun to stop a shooting rampage by a heavily armed assailant in a Colorado Springs church back in 2007. This got far more media exposure because it was an actual shooting. But the mainstream media, obviously loath to credit non-law enforcement carrying personal arms, did their best to portray Assam as an off-duty police officer (she had left the job about a decade earlier) or a professional security guard. In fact, she was a parishioner who was a volunteer.
A trained, legal gun owner most typically needs never to discharge their weapon, because citizen possession of a personal firearm is one of the best deterrents and intervention to in-kind violence I know. Without one, what are you going to do? Beat them down with your man-bag?
Take a course. Be responsible. Follow the law. Stay informed. 9-11 woke me up. We can make our plowshares from the old automobiles, but keep that firearm safe and handy!