Saturday, July 4, 2015

Are CNN Employees Part of the "Gun Culture"?

Former network employees saved because they were armed…
by Robert A. Waters

A gunfight in a New Mexico Motel 6 left Tomorio Walton dead.  The only people who ever heard of Walton were his many victims, law enforcement, and maybe a few friends and family members.  He had a long history of law-breaking and, at the time of his death, had fled Tennessee in violation of his parole.

On the other hand, Lynne Russell is a well-known former anchor of CNN News.  She and her husband, former CNN correspondent Chuck de Caro, were the intended victims of an armed robbery by Walton.  Turns out the two had concealed weapons permits and were packing handguns on their road-trip across America.  After Walton shot de Caro three times, the former newsman returned fire, ending the threat.  (Reports are that de Caro will survive the attack.)

Because of Russell’s celebrity status, the incident made headline news in most American newspapers and television outlets.  Many were surprised to find that two former CNN employees were part of what the liberal media routinely calls “the gun culture.”

Former CNN anchor Piers Morgan recently wrote: “[America’s] gun culture is disgusting.”  Soledad O’Brien has also railed against guns.  CNN guests regularly rip the NRA and gun-owners.

Fortunately, believers in gun rights make up a wide spectrum of the population, including tens of millions of Democrats, Republicans, and Independents.  Liberals and moderates, as well as conservatives, depend on guns for protection.  This myriad of individuals was instrumental in passing the concealed weapons laws that allowed Russell and de Caro to save themselves.

In 1998, I interviewed nearly a dozen people who successfully defended their lives and the lives of others from vicious attackers.  Compiled in the now sold-out book, The Best Defense: True Stories of Intended Victims Who Defended Themselves with a Firearm, these stories emphasize the importance of being prepared if the occasion ever comes.  For instance, Sammie Foust was in her home minding her own business when a crack-head broke in and attacked her.  After being robbed, beaten, and slashed repeatedly with a box-cutter knife, she retrieved her handgun and killed her assailant.  Sammie, who later died of cancer, would never have imagined that she was part of the so-called “gun culture.”  In fact, the only reason she had a gun in the house was that a friend had given it to her and insisted she keep it for protection.

In “Lynne Russell’s Blog,” Russell writes: “The United States of America was not built on cozy tea time chats with British troops.  The principle of gun ownership and the citizen’s right to bear arms is not outdated…”

She and her husband proved that.

I’m glad they survived.   

3 comments:

Kelsey said...

You should feature the unknown girl from Deer Island in Winthrop MA. 4 years old. No one has come forward to identify her. Only about a week into the search. They are desperate for help. They have made a facial composite of her. Not much info is know other than who she is not.

Kelsey said...

You should feature the unknown girl from Deer Island in Winthrop MA. 4 years old. No one has come forward to identify her. Only about a week into the search. They are desperate for help. They have made a facial composite of her. Not much info is know other than who she is not.

nancyspeaks said...

The world is NOT as civilized as the media would have you believe. What do you do when someone is in the process of doing you bodily harm. Yes you can call the police but what do you do until they can send law enforcement....tell the assailant to wait a few so they will have time to arrive? Those of us who have a concealed license didn't do so so we can hurt anyone. We are astute enough to know that time is of the essence when someone wants to do you harm. This is about self defense pure and simple. Thank you for showing the other side of the gun issue from first hand accounts.