The man who shot the apparently ISIS-affiliated maniac at the Crossroads Mall in Saint Cloud over the weekend has been IDed as Jason Falconer – a carry permit instructor, civilian carry advocate, and part-time officer and former chief of the tiny, tiny police department of tiny, tiny Albany Minnesota.
And if you’re a wanna-be terrorist, Falconer’s just about the last civilian you want to run into when you’re going on your rampage in a “gun free zone”:
USPSA Shooter, 3-Gunner, and NRA-certified firearms instructor Jason Falconer has been identified as the man who shot and killed a 22-year-old Somali immigrant who went on a stabbing rampage inside a St. Cloud, (MN) Mall on Saturday.
The apparent terrorist—who apparently asked victims if they were Muslims before stabbing them—was engaged by Falconer inside the mall.
Emphasis added by me:
Falconer is the president and owner of Tactical Advantage LLC, a shooting range and tactical training facility with a strong focus on arming concealed carriers. He’s also a former chief of the Albany (MN) police department, and he remains a part-time officer.
And is there bias involved? Oh, yes:
But Falconer has consistently been identified in the mainstream mediaonly as as a “former police chief” and “off-duty police officer.”
Falconer’s side gig? Ensuring law-abiding citizens are armed, and capable of doing…
…exactly what he did. I’ve been documenting these sorts of cases as they occur over here (and feel free to submit more of ’em!).
As Glenn Reynolds puts it, we The People need to be a pack, not a herd.
UPDATE: David French notes the obvious; Falconer was not only in the right place at the right time, but he was the right person. But then, anyone can be:
You can be Jason Falconer. In most communities in this country, you can not only own and carry a weapon for personal defense, you can also receive comprehensive training. You have virtually no control over whether you’re at the right place at the right time, but you do have control over whether you’re the right person.
And as has been noted in the comment section, this incident highlights the need for “Stand your Ground” legislation; a non-cop would have had a “duty to retreat” – to make a reasonable effort to disengage in the face of the attack.
What does “reasonable” mean? That your efforts to avoid using lethal force are enough to convince the cops, prosecutors and potentially a jury that you did your best to avoid using lethal force. It’s vague; it’s intended to be vague, concentrating the power of life and death in the hands of prosecutors.
“Stand Your Ground” will be on the agenda this coming legislative session. It’s doubtful the Senate or Governor will pass it.
So we’re gonna need a new Senate and Governor.