Woman Who Stopped Shooter Foils Stereotypes
Antoinette Tuff uses empathy, heart in Atlanta incident
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 22, 2013 1:59 PM CDT
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(Newser) – The NRA may tell us that guns are our only defense against mass shooters, but on Tuesday Antoinette Tuff proved that's not true. "In this story, the only thing that stopped a bad guy with a gun was a good woman with a heart," writes Joan Walsh at Salon. In an amazing encounter—captured on a 911 call—Tuff "gave a clinic in empathy." And it's also worth noting, in the wake of the racially toxic George Zimmerman trial, that Tuff is black.

"Of course, the race-baiters at Fox News, who were so agitated about the crimes of young black men a few weeks ago, have hardly rushed to emphasize that a young white man opened fire at a predominantly black school," Walsh observes. But Tuff reached across all the divides between them, found empathy, and love, and helped the man save his own life.. "I can only pray that a white woman faced with a heavily armed, mentally ill young black man would have done the same thing."

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Aug 23, 2013 10:34 AM CDT
"NRA tells us our *only* defense against mass shooters is a gun. " No they don't, you lying, deceptive, sacks of crap. Anti-gun nuts tell us that we all need to be dead victims for the greater good. There. The same non-truth trick applied the opposite direction. See how stupid it is?
Aug 23, 2013 7:22 AM CDT
Kevin Spak -- please reference the material that says the NRA tells us our *only* defense against mass shooters is a gun. It's not in any of the NRA information I've ever received. It's one option that should be available. While Newser may only be a site that links to other news sites that actually produce the news content - this has to be one of the poorest prologue summaries I've ever read. Your anecdotal assumption is a bias I would have expected on Gawker. The woman in question is indeed a hero - and words often are more powerful than guns. Any police officer will tell you that. Negotiators exist because words can and do save lives. But when the subject won't listen - guns can save lives, too.
Aug 23, 2013 4:20 AM CDT
This woman did an amazing job of protecting the students, with the start of school comes the start of school shootings, an armed guard at every school should be mandatory, the next school shooting may not end like this last one.