11 December 2008

Trooper Stops Possible Jihadi In OK

This story isn't getting national attention, although it should be. Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Sheldon Robinson subdued a man who had walked into a Burger King restaurant and stated that "he was going to kill everybody." Trooper Robinson was off-duty at the time, and had just dropped his wife and children off at the Burger King before going for an oil change. His wife called him moments later to let him know of the situation in the restaurant.

Robinson, wearing his trooper badge around his neck and carrying his weapon, parked his truck and peered in the window of the Burger King.

Inside was a man dressed in black. A Glock .40-caliber handgun and a full box of ammunition sat on the tabletop next to him. [...]

When the man briefly removed his hand from his gun, Robinson, who had approached from the man's blind side, grabbed his arm.

Now alone in the restaurant, the two men wrestled on the floor before Robinson got one of his handcuffs around the man's arm.

"The second one didn't lock in place, so we went down again," Robinson said. "He was a pretty stout guy."

Robinson had the man fully cuffed by the time Tulsa police officers arrived.
Everyone can consider themselves lucky that Trooper Robinson was in the vicinity, that his wife had the presence of mind to call him while moving her children to temporary position of safety, and that the situation was resolved without injury or loss of life.

The possible jihadi part of the title of this post comes from the fourth-to-the-last paragraph in the article (emphasis mine).

"It was one of those deals of being in the right place at the right time," Robinson said. "I believe he would have loaded up that gun and gone to town because he was praying for Allah to help him carry out his mission."
An off-duty Trooper stopping a gun-toting lunatic in a fast food restaurant would normally be the type of story that the MSM loves. Law enforcement (not John Q. Public) saves the day, and there is also the "are there too many guns out there?" angle.

But this story is different because it was a black-clad gunman, with plenty of ammunition, who was "praying to Allah to help him carry out his mission." A possible jihadi in the heartland, stopped by chance because an off-duty officer happened to be in the right place at the right time, is not the type of news that the MSM typically wants to present to the American public. That is why this story will most likely remain spiked.

America is lucky to have people like Trooper Robinson protecting their communities. Even though the MSM will probably not recognize his actions, he has my thanks and admiration.


1 comment:

Joe of St. Thérèse said...

he gets my thanks for sure...