History Lesson: Armed Guards In Schools Can Stop A Gunman? What If I Told You It Already Happened?

Posted on January 15, 2013


Tennessee (The Gaslamp Post) – In the wake of the latest mass school shooting, many suggestions have come from around the various corners of popular media.  The most seemingly popular, and logical ones, has been to have someone armed in American schools.

There hasn’t been an agreement as to whether it should be armed educators or on-duty law enforcement presence; but it stands to reason that nothing deters someone intent on killing unarmed victims, than the potential of meeting another gun.

Ridiculous, says that lame-stream media; such talk is over-the-top, paranoid, right-wing extremist, dementia…

What if I were to tell you that not only has it been tried in an American school before, but it actually worked when an armed nut entered a school?

Sherman, set the Way-back for 2010

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On Monday August, 30, 2010, an armed man walked into Sullivan Central High School in Blountville, Tennessee, and reportedly approached the school’s principal.  Police say that 62-year-old Thomas Richard Cowan entered the school, armed with both a .380 and a .25 caliber handgun, and put one of them to the head of the principal, Melanie Riden.

Unbeknownst to Cowan, an armed security guard stationed at the school saw what was unfolding and intervened with his duty weapon deployed.  The security guard grabbed Principal Riden while drawn on the would-be gunman, and pulled her to safety as faculty called 911.


Potential gunman stopped before he could kill anyone: Thomas Richard Cowan.

According to Knox News, responding officers reportedly confronted Cowan, and were forced to engage him when he refused to put down his weapons.  He reportedly turned his guns toward officers prior to being cut down.

“There’s no doubt in my mind he went there to kill someone today,” Sullivan County Sheriff, Wayne Anderson.  “I don’t know who, and I don’t know why.”

There you have it kids, crazy or not, guns in the hands of good guys shut down a bad guy with a gun everytime.  The funny thing is we knew this back when I was a kid and we watched John Wayne and The Lone Ranger.

Eh, what do us crazy old coots know anyway, right?