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Eric Boehlert refuses to acknowledge armed citizens involved in stopping 1966 Texas Tower shooter; Instapundit schools

Ah, business as usual on Twitter.

Eric Boehlert and Instapundit Glenn Reynolds got into a debate after Media Matters published Boehlert’s article claiming that, among other things, the notion that armed private citizens can stop mass shootings is pretty much a myth.

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A tweeter made this remark:

https://twitter.com/trestradapalma/status/380106635642818560

Boehlert chimed in:

https://twitter.com/vadum/status/380127832497602560

Instapundit speculated:

https://twitter.com/instapundit/status/380128301358268416

Texas police officers are credited with delivering the fatal shots to shooter Charles Whitman that day, but armed citizens did play a role, as Instapundit made clear:

https://twitter.com/instapundit/status/380137101809160192

https://twitter.com/instapundit/status/380142568186474496

That’s true. This is from a CNN article:

As Martinez and Crum headed to the top floor, Martinez found out Crum was a civilian and quickly deputized him. They had to step over the bodies to make their way up to the Tower’s observation deck. Down below, armed citizens shot back with their deer rifles, offering resistance to the shots fired from above.

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The response was definitely a team effort between police and private citizens.

https://twitter.com/instapundit/status/380142749632049154

https://twitter.com/instapundit/status/380137101809160192

https://twitter.com/instapundit/status/380143406879477760

https://twitter.com/vadum/status/380143499695247361

https://twitter.com/instapundit/status/380143979586535424

We think that “willful dishonesty” is in Media Matters’ mission statement.

https://twitter.com/vadum/status/380146302098497537

https://twitter.com/sschubart/status/380152510415003648

https://twitter.com/instapundit/status/380159847561310209

https://twitter.com/instapundit/status/380163627350622208

One final note: In his article, Boehlert did not bother to ask how many armed citizens prevented shootings from becoming mass shootings, and there are examples. But why cloud the narrative with all of the available information?

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