Here’s a positive story about guns that you’re not likely to see the US corporate media pay much attention to – an off-duty SAS soldier armed with just a handgun saved 100 lives during the terrorist siege on the Westgate shopping mall in Kenya.
The soldier was having a coffee with friends inside the mall when the attack began. His gun tucked inside his waistband, the soldier returned to the building at least a dozen times to rescue hostages.
“He went back in 12 times and saved 100 people. Imagine going back in when you knew what was going on inside,” a friend told the Daily Mail, labeling the soldier a “hero”.
British SAS forces regularly train and work in Kenya. The man’s identity cannot be revealed for security reasons, although he was pictured escorting panicked hostages out of the building.
Don’t expect to see a story like this covered by the mainstream US media, which habitually shies away from examples that illustrate how firearms are routinely used for defensive purposes.
Two cases earlier this year which highlighted this important factor received virtually zero national attention.
Back in March we reported on the story of a Texas boy who watched his sister and mother being raped during a home invasion by two men who later abandoned a plan to murder the three victims because the boy was able to grab a handgun and send the two individuals fleeing.
In May, a homeowner in Sharpstown, Houston was assaulted by three robbers who broke into his house and shut him in a closet – unaware that the closet was where he kept his guns. The man exited the closet armed and the robbers fled the scene.
According to a 1993 National Self- Defense Survey conducted by Gary Kleck, Ph.D., a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Americans use guns to defend themselves against a confrontation with a criminal up to 2.5 million times a year. This means that every day in America some 6,800 people use guns to protect themselves.
Scholars Clayton E. Cramer and David Burnett have documented how “a great number of tragedies — murders, rapes, assaults, robberies — have been thwarted by self-defense gun uses.”
However, only a fraction of those cases ever make the local news and barely any at all make the national news.
In addition, Americans erroneously believe that violent gun crime is on the increase despite a 49% drop in gun homicides since 1993.