By now you are all aware of the events two weeks ago at Cook’s Corner. I have driven by Cook’s Corner several times on my way into Silverado Canyon but, in all candor, I have never stopped there. Perhaps it was the motorcycles?
I am not against motorcycles in the slightest. In fact, I’ve wanted to own one for years. Sadly, each time I get close to becoming serious about learning how to ride, some other folly in life takes precedence and the motorcycle (and the attendant culture behind it) gets pushed further down the path.
As such, going to a place that clearly caters to the motorcycle community has had a magnetic draw, but also a self-conscious acceptance that I am not part of that community.
Yet, tragedy, as well as righteous indignation, does tend to erase the demarcation points that mark off the boundaries of one community to another. In this particular case it also changes the archetypes of the players involved.
Heroes, or those whom we have identified as heroes in the past, become massively flawed monsters.
Then there are the sub-stories that begin to emerge.
There are lessons here, too.
This then is, in a sense, a tale of two individuals who were thrust into the fray.
The first is a client of ours. You may very well have met him before here at Artemis. Bill Huff has a CCW, and has spent many hours training in our lab. He also does tend to pay attention to what is being told to him. This may have ended up being counterproductive in this instance.
During his initial CCW class with us (as well as his renewals) he was instructed that the OCSD policy is that CCW holders cannot bring their weapons into a location “whose principle purpose of business is the sale of consumable alcohol”.
What that phrase actually means is left up to interpretation. I have always felt it is massively problematic, probably unconstitutional… and, frankly and ultimately, void for vagueness.
That said, it is there.
Mr. Huff saw Cook’s Corner as a “bar”.
That is a reasonable assumption. I myself would have referred to Cook’s Corner as a “biker bar”… not a “biker dining establishment”.
So… when Mr. Huff met his fellow Marines at Cook’s Corner for Spaghetti Wednesday, Mr. Huff left his firearm at home.
He told me the most vulnerable he has ever felt was to know he was in the middle of an active shooter event without his gun.
As you can imagine, Mr. Huff is not exactly an advocate anymore for the “no guns in bars” policy.
We now move to another CCW holder whom I have never met. NBC Local News the other day ran an interview with a Mr. Klein of Yorba Linda.
Mr. Klein did not attend one of our CCW classes nor, after doing a search of our contact management system, does it appear Mr. Klein has ever done any training at Artemis. (I am thankful for this, as you will soon see.)
According to Mr. Klein’s interview:
1) He was in the bar wearing his gun that he has listed on his CCW.
2) He watched the goblin shoot his first victim (his estranged wife, who survived the ordeal).
3) He watched the goblin then kill two others.
4) He then felt bullets whiz by him as the monster shot randomly at people in the bar.
5) Klein then lowered himself to the ground.
- It was then that he “remembered he had a gun on him”.
- Klein gets up from the ground and draws his gun.
- Query: Why did he get up from the ground??? Was this to be a duel?
6) He then draws his gun and racks a round into the chamber.
(Oh God… don’t get me started.)
7) He then “cocks back the hammer”.
(WTF? He racks a round into the chamber and THEN cocks back the hammer?)
8) He then points the gun at the goblin and the two make eye contact.
9) Mr. Klein does not shoot… because…?
10) The proto-human (who it is suspected is out of ammunition at this point, but that is not confirmed) turns and heads towards the door still holding his weapon. Note: The area he is headed to is where all of the suffering and injured patrons are now.
11) Mr. Klein does not shoot.
12) The slob leaves the “bar”.
13) Mr. Klein does not shoot.
14) The slob goes to his truck and retrieves at least one shotgun.
15) OCSD confronts the slob and ends the threat before he has the opportunity to go back into the bar and kill Mr. Klein.
I will leave this here for you to draw your own conclusions. But I strongly suspect you know where I stand on this. How many injuries (and deaths?) would have been prevented if Mr. Huff and Mr. Klein had been switched that fateful night?