So… I wanted (I mean really, really wanted) to discuss a book that I am reading with you this week:  Washington’s Crossing by David Hackett Fischer.  (It is on Amazon and won a Pulitzer Prize for history… since I am going to delay that review for a couple of weeks, this gives you ample opportunity to pick up a copy and begin reading it.  Trust me… you will thank me for it.)

Instead, we need to focus on something a little more germane to our constant endeavor to fight against the forces of evil and chaos.  We also need to single out some flat-out heroes who rose to fight the darkness and one who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

Last week, a goblin came out of his lair to harm the innocent.

In Poway, at Chabad Synagogue, evil stepped up to the plate and was met with what I am sure was unexpected and intense ferocity.

A malcontent aimed at achieving some sort of cathartic experience, and ostensibly seeking revenge for the atrocities in New Zealand, decided to target a San Diego area synagogue.  After all… it was Passover services, and what better way of making a name for yourself than shooting a bunch of Jewish congregants?

Unfortunately, for the plans of the monster, there were a few heroes in attendance that day.

Oscar Stewart, an Army veteran, and Jonathan Morales happened to be congregants in attendance that day.  While a few were injured by the slob, Lori Gilbert-Kaye made the ultimate sacrifice, throwing herself between the monster and the rabbi and shielding him against the deadly assault with her own body.

Stewart heard the gunfire and, though unarmed, would have none of it.

He ran to the sound of gunfire, and armed with nothing more than his voice, he charged the shooter issuing a barrage of verbal assaults. 

“I’m going to F@#%ing kill you, you F@#%ing Mother F@#%er!,”  he yelled as he charged the goblin with clenched fists.

It was at this time that St. Michael stood next to Stewart and protected him.  (See how I blended Catholicism and Judaism?… Pretty cool, huh?)

The goblin’s gun seized up with a malfunction and he turned to see this really pissed off Army vet assaulting upon his position.

Terrified, the monster dropped his gun and fled.  Stewart would have none of this though.  The goblin’s retreat simply meant that Stewart would kill him from behind.

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He chased the slob into the parking lot and the monster jumped into his vehicle.  A second hero, an off-duty California Border Patrol officer, Jonathan Morales (who knew that a Jewish congregant would be named Morales?!?), approached the seething Stewart and told him to move… he was armed and could probably be more effective.

Morales opened fire on the putrid’s vehicle as he sped off.  It was unclear at the time if he struck the shooter, and it remains unclear if he damaged the operational capabilities of the vehicle… What we do know is that the suspect eventually surrendered to police.

So, now it is time to compare and contrast.

In Christchurch the congregants huddled… hoping that they would be mistaken for dead, or at the very least finding comfort in the closeness of their fellow men and women.  The monster in New Zealand used this corralling effect to simply unload his firearms into the mass of humanity huddled at either side of the mosque. 

He never met any resistance at all… that is until he went to the second mosque.  There he was confronted by, as in Poway, an unarmed but righteously indignant congregant.  This minor level of resistance was enough to cause the goblin to flee.

In Poway, the slob did not have the reaction he was expecting.

Force was met with force… explosive force… buttressed by unbridled rage. 

Stewart literally scared the crap out of the monster… and he did so simply by yelling.

Public location mass-murders are always motivated by a single animating purpose:  to create as high a body count as possible.  They are tempered, however, by a single all-encompassing fear:  denial of opportunity.

When Stewart went operational, the shooter became terrified.  With a malfunctioning weapon, the shooter still held a club in his hands.  He could have easily attacked the charging hero with his weapon and been completely effective. 

Instead, he dropped the gun and ran.

Heroes can have that effect on cowards.

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Comments (10)

  • John Budinger Reply

    Yes! Love it when people step up like that and dirtbags get theirs.

    05/08/2019 at 09:22
  • Tom Williams Reply


    05/08/2019 at 10:28
  • Cheryle Reply

    This saying came to mind ‘… the only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to stand idly by and do nothing.’

    05/08/2019 at 12:48
  • Ben Townsend Reply

    Bravo to those who took the initiative to act or as those of us would call be the sheepdogs among the sheep.

    05/08/2019 at 13:31
  • Dan Knofler Reply 05/08/2019 at 14:51
  • Mark E. Edmiston Reply

    In our church, WE have armed and trained people to meet any attempt with force… I am one of those people… I trained at Front Sight and Artemis. It is MY right to exercise, not some disinterested politician’s right to deny or restrict!

    05/08/2019 at 18:08
  • Scott Stetzer Reply

    Hi Steve
    Another blog idea…

    I didn’t see this on CNN, WSJ, CBS, WaPo, Fox or any mainstream media

    05/09/2019 at 08:26
  • Hesham Reply

    That animal is getting what he deserves:
    “John T. Earnest had been facing state charges of murder and attempted murder in connection with the April 27 attack on the Chabad of Poway, Calif. Federal authorities added dozens of charges of their own, alleging in a criminal complaint that the shooting was motivated by Earnest’s animus toward Jews and that he was also responsible for a March 24 arson at a mosque in Escondido, Calif. “
    “….he was charged Thursday with 109 federal hate crimes and civil rights violations — making it possible for him to face the death penalty, authorities said.”
    BY MATT ZAPOTOSKY – The Washington Post

    05/09/2019 at 13:58
  • G Wilson Reply

    …But Politicians and most of the sheeple in this state feel we would be much safer if we had no 2A rights.

    05/09/2019 at 14:14
  • Peter Melody Reply

    Well, thankfully the “gun” was not very Anti-Semitic that day and the “gun” only murdered one brave soul! One is too many but it certainly could have been much worse except through the acts of a couple of brave heroes.

    Back to “that evil gun!”
    Cowardly guns! Evil guns!!

    God help us

    05/13/2019 at 10:32

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