Militants raided a university in Pakistan on Wednesday, killing at least 22 people. The attack was timed to coincide with a ceremony at the school to help ensure maximum carnage.
The scene was a tragic reminder of the volatile times in which we live.
But it could have been much worse. A previous terrorist attack in 2014 by the same group at a school in the city of Peshawar, resulted in the deaths of roughly 150 students.
After that attack, officials decided to arm teachers and give them weapons training, something liberals have fought tooth and nail against here in the United States.
That decision to arm teachers in Pakistan may have saved lives, and one man – teacher Syed Hussain – is being hailed as a hero for his selfless actions during the recent assault.
Via the Washington Post:
According to Agence France-Presse, … Husain, an assistant chemistry professor, pulled out his pistol and began firing at two of the attackers as they neared a classroom. But the 27-year-old teacher was outgunned by the militants, who were armed with assault rifles. After a gun battle, Husain was killed, students said.
Still, students at the college in Charsadda, about 30 miles from Peshawar, say Husain is hero. By pulling out his weapon, they told reporters, their teacher gave them time to escape.
Students said Husain battled the terrorists for about 15 minutes giving them time to flee. Officials also noted that armed security guards on the campus “had been instrumental in averting a far deadlier tragedy.” It’s a far cry from the gun-free zones seen at most schools in America.
The good guy with a gun might not have completely stopped the attack from a team of multiple, well-trained gunmen in this most recent incident, but it sure helped save lives and lowered the casualty rate.
Imagine if all of the teachers at the school had been armed.
Cross-posted at the Mental Recession