Let us hope there are more stories about the heroes who helped tackle the man who shot Congresswoman Giffords this weekend. We know at least two of their names, one, a 74-year-old veteran of our armed forces, the other a 20-year-old gay college student, an intern for the Arizona Democrat:
74-year-old Colonel Bill Badger tackled Jared Loughner while he was reloading his Glock according to telephone interviews with Fox News. . . .
Col. Badger was also shot in the back of his head before he tackled Loughner. According to Col. Badger, someone whacked Louchner with a folding chair while he was reloading. That gave Badger an opportunity to grab his left arm while someone else grabbed Loughner’s right arm and they forced him to the ground.
The University of Arizona junior was standing 30 feet away from the Democratic congresswoman when she was shot in the head at a meet-and-greet event in her district, and he immediately rushed to her side. As everyone on hand waited for emergency medical support to arrive, Hernandez held Giffords’s head in his lap and applied pressure to her wound.
(Via Reader SoCalRobert in the comments.)
Colonel Bill Badger. Daniel Hernandez. Great Americans. Let’s hear more about these heroes and less about the mentally unstable man who murdered six innocent Americans and severely wounded an elected member of the United States Congress.