Same song, different verse, via Fox News:
An 18-year-old Somali man [Abdul Razak Ali Artan, pictured above] was behind an attack involving a car and butcher knife on the campus of Ohio State University Monday [11-28-16] that left [eleven] injured, law enforcement sources told Fox News.
After the suspect plowed his vehicle into the crowd, officials said he got out of the vehicle and began attacking people with a butcher knife before he was shot and killed by a campus police officer.
The attacker was a ‘legal permanent resident,’ according to an official with direct knowledge of the investigation.
For days after the attack, politicians around the nation made the usual inane comments. We shouldn’t rush to judgment about terrorism. Sure, the guy was a Somali Muslim, sure his Facebook posts indicated his jihadist beliefs and intentions, and sure, his acts mirrored terrorist tactics carried out elsewhere, but one can’t be too careful about such things lest Americans go berserk and start attacking every Muslim they see. Nope, no idea what happened. Maybe some day we’ll know what motivated the guy. Nothing to see here; move along; move along. Despite this, from minutes after the attack:
Ohio State Police Chief Craig Stone said the attacker purposely drove over a curb and into pedestrians.
‘This was done on purpose,’ he said.
You don’t say!
Columbus Police Chief Kim Jacobs said police were looking into whether it was a terrorist attack.
Well, that’s good.
Monica Moll, the school’s public safety director, told reporters the attack took place in front of Watts Hall, the location of the Department of Materials Science and Engineering, around 9:52 a.m.
A campus officer nearby engaged the suspect, who was attacking people with a butcher knife, and shot and killed him within minutes.
‘The threat ended when the officer shot the suspect,’ she told reporters.
Ohio State does not allow concealed carry on campus, and I’ve little doubt anti-liberty cractivists will argue such things are unnecessary. After all, the police stopped the attack within a minute! The police will protect us. They’re the professionals, and it’s their job and duty! Consider:
Jerry Kovacich, a third-year in welding engineering, told the school’s newspaper, The Lantern, that he witnessed a man in a car try to drive into a crowd of people after a fire alarm went off. After the car crashed, Kovacich told the newspaper he witnessed the man then attack bystanders with a knife.
‘I didn’t see anything with the shooter, what happened was it was outside of MacQuigg Lab,’ Kovacich told The Lantern. ‘The guy ended up just coming and hopping the curb with his car and trying to mow down a couple people. He lost control, and I think he ended up hitting three people, and then people were around the car. Somebody asked him if he was OK and the guy just hopped out of the car with a butcher knife and starting chasing people around.
The point? Such things happen very quickly. By the time people recover from the initial shock, many are injured or dead, and many more will be injured or dead before the police can possibly arrive. Besides, why would college students want the help of racist, abusive, sexist police? How can one constantly protest against the police and scream for their help when things go bad? Call a BLM protestor and/or community organizer instead!
America dodged a bullet with the defeat of Hillary Clinton, but on 11-28, Americans found out just how fortunate they were:
That’s the same Tim Kaine that ran as Clinton’s Vice Presidential choice. He hears about an attack at OSU, and immediately proclaims “gun violence.” Such people cannot speak–or think–outside the boundaries of the progressive narrative.
This won’t be news to regular readers, but obviously, I can’t reiterate this often enough:
1) The police have no legal obligation to protect anyone, and can’t be successfully sued for failing to protect anyone. Their duty is to deter crime by their presence and investigate crimes after they occur.
2) The police are highly trained. Mere citizens cannot hope to equal their performance. This is a particularly deadly misconception. Putting on a police uniform and spending a few hours on the range does not turn one into Carlos Hathcock. A great many citizens are much better shots and far more tactically capable than the average police officer.
In this case, the young officer involved–Alan Horujko–purely by accident, happened to be nearby looking into the report of a gas leak. He was able so close with the killer, and shoot from very close range. All indications are he did everything right and saved many lives, but his presence and ability were unusual, and no one should bet their life on such good luck.
3) Terrorists don’t need guns to maim and kill.
4) Running and hiding and stacking student desks against a door will protect you. Maybe, unless a killer–or killers–have prepared for such pajama boy tactics. An example:
One student who spoke to WBNS from her hiding place in a restroom said the situation was frightening.
‘I’m a little shaken up at first,’ Cydney Ireland told the station. ‘I do feel safe based off the room I’m in.
‘It’s absolutely surreal,’ she said.
5) FEELING SAFE AND BEING SAFE ARE NOT THE SAME THING.
Rachel LeMaster, who works in the engineering college, told The Associated Press a fire alarm sounded before the attack.
‘There were several moments of chaos,’ she said. ‘We barricaded ourselves like we’re supposed to since it was right outside our door and just hunkered down.
6) Terrorists may have rifles and explosives, rending the kinds of “barricades” available in schools little more than momentary impediments in a killing spree.
One might address the usual, mindless arguments of those claiming the mere presence of concealed handguns on campus is not only dangerous, but somehow damages a pristine educational environment, by noting such damage wis as nothing compared with that caused by a terrorist’s car, knife or gun. A capable armed citizen present at the right time and place could have stopped the knife-wielding terrorist even faster than the officer.
One suspects if given the choice, potential victims would prefer killers be stopped as quickly as possible. Unless, of course, they are a university diversity drone:
The Ohio State University assistant director of residence life allegedly expressed sympathy for Somali stabber Abdul Razak Ali Artan in a bizarre Facebook post Monday that has since gone viral.
Stephanie Clemons Thompson urged her followers to have compassion for Artan after he expressed a desire “to kill a billion infidels” and then tried to kill as many as he could at OSU. She also urged people to ‘think of the pain he must have been in,’ and used the hashtags #BlackLivesMatter and #SayHisName (which BLM uses to denote victims of police brutality).
Notice Thompson urged her Facebook friends not to share her post. Obviously, she understood how it would be received by rational, non-racist human beings. The post was quickly disappeared, but some were able to take screenshots before the disappearing act.
Stephanie Clemons Thompson was recently honored by OSU with an award for being an “Outstanding First Year Advocate,” however the university webpage touting her achievement has since been deleted.
Oh, and as to the terrorist’s motivations, PJ Media reports:
The Islamic State is claiming credit for an attack at Ohio State University that injured 11 and left the attacker dead. The terror group said that attacker Abdul Razak Ali Artan was inspired by the ISIS jihadist message.
‘The executor of the attack in the American state of Ohio is a soldier of the Islamic State and he carried out the operation in response to calls to target citizens of international coalition countries,’ a claim issued by the Amaq news agency said.
Hmmm. Sounds plausible… Fox News adds more:
Investigators have found evidence that the man who plowed a car into a crowd at Ohio State University Monday before stabbing several pedestrians with a butcher knife was inspired by ISIS propaganda, law enforcement sources told Fox News.
The sources did not specify what evidence was found, but investigators are inclined to believe that the attacker, 18-year-old Abdul Razak Ali Artan, was ‘self-radicalized.’
Artan also praised American-born Al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki as a ‘hero’ and railed against U.S. interference in Muslim lands in a series of Facebook posts, officials said.
But that doesn’t mean this was an act of terrorism. Let’s not jump to conclusions! And certainly, let’s not jump to rational conclusions:
Students said they were nervous about returning and planned to take precautions such as not walking alone.
Yeah, not walking alone will keep terrorists away! They just hate big crowds of unarmed innocents. And then there’s this:
Leaders of Muslim organizations and mosques in the Columbus area condemned the attacks while cautioning people against jumping to conclusions or blaming a religion or an ethnicity.
I suspect that too is one of the reasons Americans were ready to engage in presidential bullet dodging. They believed Donald Trump understood Americans are smart enough not to paint all Muslims with a terrorism brush, while understanding that some Muslims are terrorists, and precisely because they are Muslims.
They’re also smart enough to understand the only thing that can stop a terrorist with a car, knife or gun, is a good guy with the means to overcome any of those weapons: a gun. There may yet be hope for the residents of Ohio. The more of those good guys present everywhere, the safer we’ll all be.