Friday, February 25, 2005

Memorial Service for Sgt. Adam Plumondore

(Via Kim du Toit)

Rivrdog attended the memorial service for Sgt. Frank Hernandez, Spc. Clinton Gertson and Sgt. Adam Plumondore.

I'm really sad, and I can't help the damn tears in my eyes. I didn't personally know any of these men, but I feel that I've lost someone important to me.

I'm incredibly proud that this nation can produce men like these. I'm incredibly sad that we have to ask this sacrifice of them and their families. I hope that we can live up to their examples, and the example of all of our military men and women who have fallen in this war.

Thursday, February 24, 2005

Heros aren't only in the military

(Brought to my attention by The High Road [thread])

An armed Citizen of the State of Texas has joined the ranks of Heros today, giving his life in an attempt to stop an armed gunman. In the best tradition of the Hero, he gave his life attempting to save his fellows.

Mark Wilson, 52, used his legally carried concealed weapon to try and stop the shooting rampage of David Hernandez Arroyo when Arroyo, apparently upset that legal proceedings were not going his way, opened fire with a high-powered rifle at the Smith County Courthouse in Tyler, TX.

Mr. Wilson reported scored at least one center of mass hit, but Arroyo was wearing body armor. Arroyo returned the fire, wounding Mr. Wilson. Witnesses say he then walked up to the wounded Hero and killed him with a shot to the head.

Mr. Wilson may not have sent Arroyo to his well-deserved death, but he probably saved other lives, according to the witnesses.

Arroyo was eventually dispatched by various members of law enforcement.

A lesson to take from this is to practice your Mozambique drill.

Those of us who are members of the gun culture know what will be coming next. Great gnashing of teeth because Arroyo was using an Evil Assualt Weapon and wearing body armor. "We must ban the ownership of the e-e-e-e-e-vil devices!" will be the plaintive wail of the Liberals. " No one but the police and the military needs them!" They will do their best to twist this terrible crime to serve their ends.

They will conveniently ignore the fact a legally armed citizen stood up to this wack job. If there had been more like him, the outcome might well have been different.

Mr. Wilson, thank you for your service to Civilization. I wish the outcome had been different for you. May God hold you in his hand.

Links:
Three Killed, Including Alleged Gunman In Tyler Courthouse Shootout
Suspect Dies After Fatal Shooting Rampage

Wednesday, February 23, 2005

1614 meters?!

Staff Sgt. Steve Reichert was recently awarded one of the Marine Corps' top medals, the Bronze Star with a combat 'V' for valorous action, for actions which included a killing shot of 1614 meters. (Read the story here.)

Terrorists take note. Run, and you'll just die tired.

Sunday, February 20, 2005

So much for the Monroe Doctrine

China targets Caribbean trade

I had a professor, over 25 years ago, who was convinced that the US needed to work with Russia to offset what she said was the true threat--China. It seems she knew what she was talking about.

Deuce Four

Deuce Four is/was Sgt. Adam Plumondore's unit in Iraq. Folks at Kim du Toit's blog are chipping in, via the Walter and Adam Fund, to keep them stocked up on various and sundries (everything from rifle scopes to toothpaste).

The fund started as just Walter and Adam, and many of the regulars to Kim's blog would chip in to buy things when he put out the begging cup. With Adam's death, Kim has decided to adopt the entire team, sort of as a memorial to Adam. I can't think of a better way to acknowledge Adam's sacrifice.

I wish I could direct link you, but I can't figure out how to do that. Go to Kim's blog and look on the right sidebar for a link to the fund. Now that there are more "mouths to feed", I suspect the cup will be out on a more or less permanent basis. Let's keep it overflowing.