Time for the sun to set on the Culture of Sheep
By Tim Inwood
My first memory of encountering the anti-self
defense culture, which I call the culture
of sheep, was a cold morning in January
1975. I was in the sixth grade and was riding
the school bus. Suddenly, another student sitting
in the seat ahead of me turned and began striking
me. This was completely unprovoked. Naturally
I struck back in defense. The bus driver separated
us and drove on to Holmes school. Before I knew
it, I was before Principal Will Allen. Also standing
there was Mark, the kid who started the fight.
Allen asked what happened, and Mark told a tale
that was strewn with as many lies as Bill Clinton
used in his I did not have sex with that
woman lecture. Will Allen then turned to
me for my version of what happened. I told him
I was sitting there talking with my friend Tom
Gray and suddenly I was being pummeled by Mark.
I did nothing to provoke him and had said nothing
Now, Mark was a behavior problem who did things
like this frequently. I had a clean slate and
had not gotten a swat since Kindergarten. So Will
Allen believed me. However, since I had defended
myself, I was in trouble too. We were both offered
the choice of swats or having to stay indoors
during recess for two weeks. I was flustered.
Why am I being punished? I asked.
Because you fought back, I was told.
I was stunned and disgusted in the same instant.
Though I did not realize it in these terms, it
was my first memory that I and the other students
were being conditioned to be victims - to accept
the idiotic culture of sheep. If attacked, submit
and hope for the best. This concept is unnatural
to humans; it certainly goes against the grain
of my instincts.
Just how this cower, cringe and hide in the face
of danger concept ever caught on is beyond me.
I rejected that early conditioning the liberal
public schools tried to thrust upon me. Ever since
that injustice the anti-self defense culture,
the culture of sheep, has left me with a bad taste
in my mouth. Their philosophy is not only unjust,
it is down right stupid and deadly.
Since the tragedy of Virginia Tech in April,
the sheep have been demanding new
gun control laws. While they have been bleating
for more of the failed policies of the past, many
of us at BuckeyeFirearms.org have written about
how the solution is not more gun control, but
more guns in the right hands could have stopped
this. We have written about the fallacy of blocking
the ability of the law abiding to defend themselves.
After all, in our view Virginia Techs tragedy
was magnified by the ridiculous stance that Virginia
Tech and other schools in Virginia have taken
by blocking their students and faculty from carrying
arms for defense. Under Virginia law they can,
but the schools have rules threatening to fire
faculty and expel students caught carrying arms.
So they were rendered defenseless.
The anti-gun left has argued that if the students
had been armed that it could have been worse.
They say had a student pulled their own gun that
they might have missed Cho and hit someone else.
A rather silly point to make when we know everyone
in the room gets killed in the end
They then tell us that even if armed it was unlikely
anyone would have acted. After all, who would
be crazy enough to draw a weapon against someone
who already had the drop on you? No one would
do that, they tell us
History shows that
the antis blow that argument too. Yesterday
I happened to be listening to the Neal Boortz
radio show and heard about something I had not
caught at the time of the incident, probably because
the news media did its best to ignore the following
very interesting story about a student fighting
On March 21, 2005, Jeff Weise went to the Red
Lake Senior High School in Northern Minnesota.
He was decked out in Columbine copycat garb: black
trench coat and combat boots. He had spiked his
hair and was armed with a .40 caliber Glock pistol,
a .22 pistol and a 12 gauge shotgun. He bypassed
passive security measures, which included a metal
detector, video cameras, and even the vaunted
"no-guns" signs, all of which were installed
with promises of "protection".
Earlier in the day this twisted punk had killed
his police officer grandfather and his grandfathers
girlfriend. He then stole his grandfathers
guns and patrol car, using the car to drive to
the school. Weises rampage lasted a little
over ten minutes. He shot and killed eight people.
He wounded seven others. That is what the press
told us at the time and little else. Strangely,
this incident did not get the wall to wall coverage
that Columbine got in the press. This was after
all the next-largest slaughter in an American
school at the time.
Now I think we may know why the media did not
make a big thing of what happened. You see, someone
in the classroom fought back. We are not supposed
to do that, and to talk about self-defense would
be poor form. They probably did not want to encourage
anyone to think we should fight back in such situations,
after all someone else might get hurt
other reason can there be for ignoring the story
of fifteen year-old Jeff May?
You see, Jeff May was working on an algebra problem
when Jeff Weise came into the school shooting.
The first victim was an unarmed security guard
manning a metal detector. Derrick Brun was shot
dead on the spot. It might have ended there, had
he been armed. We will never know. But making
sure he was unarmed was a recipe for disaster.
When Weise blew out the window next to the door
of the classroom May was in, he leaned into the
room and shot 62 year-old English teacher Mrs.
Rodgers, who had cried out to God to help them.
He then asked if anyone else in the room believed
in God and began shooting the students. Jeff May,
armed only with a #2 pencil, charged Weise and
stabbed him in the side with his pencil. Sadly
the pencil was deflected as Weise was wearing
his dead grandfathers body armor. The two
boys fought on the floor. As they struggled Weise
managed to turn and fire his pistol into Mays
face. The bullet entered his right cheek fracturing
Mays jaw and lodging in his neck, near the
The surviving students estimated that May had
tied up Weise long enough in that struggle to
have saved the other dozen students in the room,
as police officers were now arriving at the school.
Four police officers now engaged Weise in a gun
battle striking him several times. Weise then
shot himself in the head, ending the incident.
Jeff May spent months in the hospital recovering
from his wounds. The young man is a hero. He saved
lives and only now is his story getting much play.
I thank Readers Digest and Neal Boortz for turning
the spotlight on this story and getting the truth
out. Pity he only had a pencil to defend his class.
Sadly, this story and how the press did not give
it full coverage, is not unique.
In 1997 in Pearl, Mississippi, a 10th grader
named Luke Woodham killed his mother and then
went to school with the family 30-30 deer rifle.
He shot nine fellow students. Woodham was stopped
by Vice Principal Joel Myrick. Myrick had armed
himself with his Colt .45 pistol. However Myrick
had to run to his car off campus to get his pistol.
Why? Because Myrick was complying with misguided
laws concerning guns near schools, so he had to
run a good distance to his car and back to the
school. That time spent running to get his gun
cost lives. He stopped Woodham long before the
police arrived. Columbine people remember. Bring
this up and they will give you a puzzled look.
Telling this story will get the same reaction:
On January 16, 2002 Peter Odighizuwa, a failing
student at the Appalachian School of Law, decided
to go on a killing spree. After talking with a
Professor Rubin, he then went to the offices of
Dean Antony Sutin and Professor Thomas Blackwell
and shot them at point blank range with a .380
pistol. He then shot and killed Angela Dales and
wounded three other people. Two students elsewhere
on campus heard the shots and responded with their
own personal firearms. Tracy Bridges and Mikael
Gross, armed with their own handguns, subdued
Odighizuwa until the police arrived. They stopped
his rampage with privately owned pistols.
These stories, and others like them, received
scant press attention. Self defense and the positive
use of firearms is usually ignored by the national
news media. Just listening to the press since
April 16th, it is not difficult to see the obvious
bias against private gun ownership as well as
their delight in vilifying the NRA. I have news
for them, the NRA is not just a handful of lobbyists.
It is made up of five million of their fellow
citizens. The NRA membership dwarfs all the anti-gun
groups put together. Researchers estimate over
two million defensive gun uses a year. Again,
ignored. So with their deep ingrained bias they
often ignore positive stories about private self-defense
that do not fit their mental template of how things
should be, truly a malpractice of their duty as
the objective fifth estate.
It is time to get over irrational fears of inanimate
objects and allow those who are willing to be
the first line of defense not only for themselves,
but also be there to help protect others from
the sociopaths among us. Ohio has had Concealed
Carry since 2004 and it has been a model of success.
It is time to do away with all the "no guns"
zones and allow us to be safe everywhere. It is
time to end the rule of the culture of sheep.
After all we were born men and women - not wool
Tim Inwood is the current Legislative Liaison
and Past President of the Clinton County Farmers
and Sportsmen Association, an Endowment Member of
the NRA, Life Member of OGCA, and a volunteer for
Buckeye Firearms Association.