Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said earlier today on "Good Morning America" that he believes Roberts went into the mall with the goal of killing as many people as he could.While his stolen AR-15 rifle had briefly jammed, police said he had quickly gotten it working again. So there was no apparent reason for his rampage to have stopped. Add yet another count to the number of laws he broke without being impeded in his intent. So much for laws stopping him. However there was an armed legal carry citizen there.
"I believe, at least from the information that's been provided to me at this point in time, it really was a killing of total strangers. To my knowledge at this point in time he was really trying, I think, to kill as many people as possible."
"As I was going down to pull I saw someone in the back of the charlotte move and I knew if I fired and missed I could hit them."The fact that this even occurred was completely lacking from almost all main stream media accounts (exemplifying the meaning of "low-information" voters). Of course the official reason will never be stated that a legal carry citizen was what stopped or might have stopped a rampaging lunatic criminal. So the "official statement" reads:
Meli took cover inside a nearby store. He never pulled the trigger. He stands by that decision.
"I'm not beating myself up cause I didn't shoot him," said Meli. "I know after he saw me I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself."
The gunman was dead, but not before taking two innocent lives with him and taking the innocence of everyone else.
"I don't ever want to see anyone that way ever," said Meli. "It just bothers me."
Clackamas County Sheriff Craig Roberts said the fact that more people weren't killed was due to several factors. The suspect's gun jammed at one point; the mall implemented an immediate lockdown; and a large number of officers arrived on-scene quickly, "curtailing the suspect's ability to move around the mall."Perhaps the new law in Michigan, if it gets signed, might help prevent mass shootings from ever happening in School's there. It has specific additional training requirements for the specific permit extensions. But then would the media ever report it having been a success? Or will it be the flaming target of every self defense opposition member of the main stream media and politicizing pundit/politician? Is that a redundancy? Evil prevails when good men do nothing. Fortunately for those in an Oregon Mall, there was a man who didn't "do nothing".
"Ten thousand people in the mall at one time kept a level head. They got themselves out of the mall. They helped others get out, and there are just a number of heroes that took the time to help people get out," the sheriff said. "It was really about a full group of people coming together to make a difference."