August 22, 2013

The NRA has remained conspicuously silent about a would-be school shooter in Georgia, who planned to kill as many children as he could before killing himself. But Antoinette Tuff managed to diffuse the situation...and get this: she managed to convince the suspect to give himself up before there were any injuries or deaths and DID IT WITHOUT A GUN.

A 20-year-old man who went to a Georgia elementary school with an AK-47 assault rifle and close to 500 rounds ammunition told a school clerk that he was prepared to die in the attack. But the woman calmly persuaded him to lay down his weapon. According to 911 tapes released Wednesday, Michael Brandon Hill said he didn’t care about dying and should have just gone to a mental hospital.

Hill followed someone into Ronald E. McNair Discovery Learning Academy filled with 800 schoolchildren just outside Atlanta, and made his way to the elementary school’s front desk, demanding that someone call a local television station. Antoinette Tuff, a school bookkeeper, called 911 and stayed on the line for nearly 25 minutes.

Tuff told the 911 operator that Hill said he “should have just went to the mental hospital instead of doing this because he is not on his medication.”

“He said he don’t care if he dies, he don’t have nothing to live for,” Tuff told the operator. “He said he’s not mentally stable.”

After police arrived on the scene, the gunman stepped outside and fired multiple shots and went back inside the main office. Once he returned, Tuff talked Hill into surrendering. and their 20-minute exchange was caught on tape. “I just started telling him my life story and what was going on with me,” Tuff said in an interview with ABC News.

“That’s a good thing that you just giving up, and don’t worry about it. We all go through something in life,” she can be heard telling Hill.

“Don’t feel bad, baby,” she told the young man. “My husband just left me after 33 years… I’ve got a son that’s multiple disabled.”

Once Hill listened to Tuff, she told the operator, “OK, he said that they can come in now. He needs to go to the hospital.” Hill emptied his pockets, set down his backpack and put his weapons down. When police officers came inside, Hill was lying on the floor with his hands behind his back.

I'm sure that if some idiot media gave Wayne LaPierre a platform that he'd assert that Tuff could have diffused it much sooner with a gun, but let us remember that he's an idiot and thank the deity of your choice that no one was hurt.

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