It could have been a veritable bloodbath as the culprit, Aaron Ybarra, intended, according to law enforcement, to “unleash hell” on the campus; but a quick thinking, non-wussified young man rose to the occasion and peppered sprayed this SOB when he was reloading and brought him down to Chinatown.
I’ve got two words for that brave move by that fine young squire: Ya and Hoo.
Now, for all the criticism of “alpha males” and how men nowadays need to be more like Michael Jackson and less like Leonidas, I bet the kids and faculty at SPU, and their respective relatives, are sure as shizzle glad this [Jon] Meis hombre tapped his primal, protective impulses when the crap was hitting the fan and saved the day.
Gentlemen, should you ever find yourself in a sticky situation in close proximity to an active shooter, as Mr. Meis did, put this in the back of your noggin; it might save a few lives:
1. Obviously, get out of the shooter’s line of sight. I know … duh. Stay safe, assess the situation and try to maneuver from behind.
2. Be willing to sacrifice self to save others. That’s what Meis did and it worked. Jon had no guarantees he was going to come out of that altercation alive, but he ponied up anyway and it worked, saving God-knows how many lives. …
3. Have a weapon at your disposal. Granted, a gun in the hand of a good guy would have really helped, but Meir used what he had and the pepper spray worked effectively on the perpetrator. If for some reason you don’t have a deterrent on you, get creative and use what you have at hand like a laptop, or a heavy book bag or a frickin’ chair.