And those three fine men are all heroes.
2 Men Stabbed To Death Standing Up To Muslim Hate In Portland | HuffPost:
Portland police identified the deceased as Ricky John Best, 53, of Happy Valley, and Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche of Portland. Best died on the train, while Namkai-Meche was pronounced dead later at the hospital, police said. The third victim was identified as 21-year-old Micah Fletcher of Portland.These men suffered grievous knife wounds .. two died in their effort to protect innocents while the third (Fletcher) was fortunate to survive the attack.
These are the heroes.
The pitiful loser who initiated the attacks ,.. he obviously was someone who sought notoriety by hateful acts when he could not acquire fame by contributing a benefit to society .... should never be named. I hope he burns in hell knowing that he has not achieved his goal of notoriety.
I won't attempt to profile the heroes here ... HuffPost did a fine job of identifying them. I'm sure we will learn more about Best, Namkai-Meche and Fletcher.
If they do not receive (at least!) a medal from the hands of the President ... it will be a travesty of justice.
We would hope that any of us would have had the courage to intervene as these three fine men did, but I suspect that most of us would have been, in similar circumstances, frozen by terror and unable to act. I cannot say that I would have as well defended the innocent girl were I disarmed.
I doubt that most of us can aver, with certainty, that we would have had the courage and the sense of civic responsibility which was demonstrated by Ricky John Best, Taliesin Myrddin Namkai-Meche and Micah Fletcher!
In passing: While it may seem that I'm beating the drum for my personal bias, it cannot go without commenting that if just ONE person on that urban train had been a CHL person, that entire tragedy could have been stopped with one accurate shot.
Two fine men would have lived; the third would not be grievously injured.
The evil man would have died .. as he obviously had hoped.
And the young woman ... the subject of the original assault ... might have been traumatized, but not as badly as she obviously was when she was forced to watch the gruesome death of two fine men, and the mutilation of another, for her protection,
Portland is suffering under the unfortunate appellation of "Berkeley North" because of its Liberal politics. I cannot help but wonder if that might have contributed to this tragedy; the attacker might have assumed that he could attack without any effective resistance, if only because this might be an area where nobody would be armed with a gun (A "Gun-Free Zone" City?)
He was correct, to a point.
But he obviously never envisioned that three unarmed men would throw themselves bodily against an armed man (armed with a knife, which he had already demonstrated that HE had no hesitation to use) in defense of a young woman whom he deemed ... 'different'.
People Sometimes Ask:
"Why do you carry a gun. Are you so fearful? Do you think that somebody will just walk up to you and assault you for no reason at all? What... do you think you live in The Wild West or something?"
Well .. you never know.