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PostPosted: Sat Dec 15, 2012 5:37 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

Source: http://www.nwcn.com/news/oregon/183609901.html

On Tuesday night, 22-year-old Nick Meli went to the Clackamas Town Center mall with his friend Casey and Casey's baby daughter. They were walking through the mall when a masked man, now known to be Jacob Tyler Roberts, opened fire.

Nick's reaction? "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?'". Nick told Casey to get down with the baby and positioned himself behind a pillar in the mall. Oh yeah, Nick is a licensed concealed carrier in Oregon.

When Nick looked around the pillar he drew his concealed handgun. When the shooting suddenly stopped, what we now know was that Roberts weapon jamming. Nick saw him trying to clear the malfunction, "He was working on his rifle, he kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side", Nick told reporters.

Roberts and Nick clearly saw each other and as Nick lined up the shot, he knew there was a problem, "As I was going down to pull I saw someone in the back of the (shooter) move and I knew if I fired and missed I could hit them".

Unable to safely take the shot without risking innocents (Colonel Jeff Cooper's Firearms Rule #4 for those counting), Nick took cover inside a store. He stands by his choice not to pull the trigger, saying "I'm not beating myself up cause I didn't shoot him, I know after he saw me I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself".

That's right... even though Nick never fired a shot, Roberts knew that he was no longer the only armed man in the mall. Roberts retreated into the stairwell, cleared his weapons malfunction and committed suicide rather than continue attacking and killing any more innocent civilians.

There is a famous saying that the only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun. On Tuesday night, Nick Meli was that good man with a gun. Even without the shot being fired, he managed to change Jacob Roberts plan and help to save lives.

Carry on, gentlemen.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 17, 2012 11:13 pm Reply with quoteBack to top

And we all know that there are more like this gentleman that nobody ever gets to hear about. People like him doesn't fit into certain people's "agendas".

“Small minds adhere to the letter of the law; great minds dispense Justice.” - - Oliver Wendell Holmes
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