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Video: High-school football coach disarms would-be school shooter

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A remarkable clip featuring a man whom Oregon Ducks fans may recognize. It’s Keanon Lowe, who played for the Oregon team that made it to the national championship game in 2014. (Oregon lost but Lowe caught a TD pass for the first score of the game.) After graduating, he joined the staff of the Philadelphia Eagles and later the San Francisco 49ers thanks to his relationship with former Oregon coach Chip Kelly, who had moved on to the NFL after 2012. Kelly was fired by the Niners in 2016 but Lowe was set to remain with the team — until he got a phone call informing him that his best friend from high school had died of an overdose. Lowe went home, for good.

Taylor’s death forced Lowe to reassess his own life. The NFL suddenly didn’t have the same appeal. Taylor had always looked out for others. Lowe decided he would rededicate himself to the same mission. He moved home and helped coach at Jesuit High during Trey’s senior season…

“I feel like I’m doing my best friend justice,” he said, “by giving away all my energy to all these kids and people that need it.”

He phrased it this way years later in an interview with the Oregonian: “I said, ‘I’m coming back. I’m going to lead. How can I lead the community if I’m not there?’”

Eventually he was hired as head football coach at Parkrose High School in Portland, Oregon. On May 17 of this year, a student named Angel Granados-Diaz walked into Parkrose in a trenchcoat concealing a shotgun and entered a classroom. Reportedly Granados-Diaz never actually pointed the gun at anyone else. His plan, based on statements he had made to others beforehand, was to commit suicide in front of the class. But one never knows what a desperate man might do with a weapon in hand when he has homicide on his mind.

Apparently by pure chance, Lowe was in the classroom looking for a different student when Granados-Diaz walked in. Some reports after the incident claimed that Lowe tackled Granados-Diaz; possibly he simply talked Granados-Diaz into handing over the gun. There were no cameras in the classroom — but there was one in the hallway that captured this extraordinary scene, released to the media for the first time yesterday. Somehow it was Lowe, not Granados-Diaz, who emerged from the classroom with that shotgun.

“Everything lined up for me to be in that room on that day and make that play,” Lowe told ESPN in August. “It was like, ‘All right, Keanon, you say you want to change lives. You say you want to do all this. You say you want to be here for the kids. Well, prove it, right there, in that instant.’” He proved it. And that’s why, in all probability, you never knew that there was almost a school shooting at Parkrose High in Oregon in May until you saw this clip. Lowe was there.

Granados-Diaz was sentenced to 36 months probation last week, which will require mental-health and substance-abuse treatment. He’s alive and hopefully he’ll eventually be well. Asked what Granados-Diaz said to him while the two were embracing, Lowe told the Oregonian, “He didn’t really say anything. I just held him and told him that I was there to save him.”

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Walmart: We will no longer sell ammo for handguns or short-barreled rifles

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Pool’s open: When do we think Walmart will finally do the inevitable and discontinue gun and ammo sales altogether? They ended sales of AR-15s in 2015, remember. All that’s left now long rifles and shotguns — except in Alaska, where handguns were still available until today. That loophole is being closed now, per the chain’s new policy. Their ammo inventory had remained more expansive, with handgun ammunition plus short-barreled rifle calibers like the .223 and 5.56 that can be used in assault rifles still in stock and on sale nationwide. But that’s also ending today.

From now on they’re down to pure hunting weapons and accessories, the sort of thing that even many gun-control advocates *claim* they can tolerate people owning. But this can’t possibly last: There’ll be more mass shootings, and even if there’s no link to Walmart products in any of them, the mere fact that America’s largest retailer continues to “mainstream” guns by offering a limited few for sale will be deemed problematic. If you want to make firearms taboo among the public, you can’t very well have them on sale at the local mega-store, even if it’s only long rifles that no would-be mass killer would ever bother with. Walmart will need to go gun-free in the name of Progress.

And they will. But when? 2021, figure? Before, after?

They’re not just tweaking their own inventory. Walmart customers are now being asked not to open-carry unless security is present. And the CEO is calling on Washington to pass some new forms of gun control:

“We’ve also been listening to a lot of people inside and outside our company as we think about the role we can play in helping to make the country safer,” he added. “It’s clear to us that the status quo is unacceptable.”

McMillon said he will also be sending letters to the White House and other Congressional leaders, asking for action on “common sense measures.” He’s calling on the government to “strengthen background checks and to remove weapons from those who have been determined to pose an imminent danger.”

“Congress and the administration should act,” the CEO said.

Red-flag laws of the sort alluded to in that excerpt poll very well and expanded background checks poll phenomenally, almost universally, well. Righties will greet the new policy by warning that Walmart risks a boycott among gun enthusiasts by endorsing gun-control regulations but (a) that risk is overstated given how popular these proposals are across the population and (b) they’re already prepared to take a financial hit in the name of their new almost-gun-free policy. Right now Walmart accounts for around 20 percent of all U.S. ammo sales; by getting rid of handgun and short-barreled rifle ammunition, they project their share falling to between six and nine percent. How often does a mega-corporation volunteer to give up national market share in a product on the scale? Walmart’s not playing around. Especially after the bad press they received for the token gesture they made after the El Paso and Dayton shootings.

It could be that they’re sensing a shift nationally in America’s approach to guns and looking to get ahead of the curve, or (relatedly) it could be that they’re afraid of becoming a core target of progressives on this issue. Discontinuing sales of the AR-15 relieved some liberal pressure on Walmart over mass shootings but that status quo will hold only until it doesn’t. So long as they were still selling ammo for handguns and assault rifles, they stood a good chance of their products being used in the next mass murder given the sheer ubiquity of Walmarts nationwide. A Walmart-linked mass shooting might be all it might take to generate a national boycott by gun-grabbers that could cause the company real economic pain, especially during an election season in which left-wing candidates would be eager to leverage the issue. (Four different Dem hopefuls called on Walmart to stop selling guns altogether a few weeks ago.) They’re willing to take a hit on ammo sales to prevent a potentially bigger hit later.

I’m going to guess they’re gun-free by 2022. What have you got, over or under?

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Fairfax Co. to consider banning loaded shotguns on roads

WASHINGTON — Fairfax County, Virginia, is considering banning the carrying of loaded shotguns and rifles in cars. Banning the transportation of loaded shotguns or rifles on public roads, with certain exceptions, is one of the few gun-related issues the General Assembly has permitted local governments to handle. The county board of supervisors Tuesday set a public hearing for Sept. 25 at 4:30 p.m.

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