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    Senior Member PROBASCO's Avatar

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    the story the left wing media never reported

    On Tuesday night 22-year-old Nick Meli went to the Clackamas Town Center mall with his friend Casey and their friend Ashley's baby boy***. They were walking through the mall when a masked man, now known to be Jacob Tyler Roberts, opened fire.

    Nick's reaction? "I heard three shots and turned and looked at Casey and said, 'are you serious?'". Nick told Casey to get down with the baby and positioned himself behind a pillar in the mall. Oh yeah, Nick is a licensed concealed carrier in Oregon.

    When Nick looked around the pillar he drew his concealed handgun. When the shooting suddenly stopped, what we now know was Roberts weapon jamming Nick saw him trying to clear the malfunction, "He was working on his rifle, he kept pulling the charging handle and hitting the side", Nick told reporters.

    Roberts and Nick clearly saw each other and as Nick lined up the shot, he knew there was a problem, "As I was going down to pull I saw someone in the back of the (shooter) move and I knew if I fired and missed I could hit them".

    Unable to safely take the shot without risking innocents (Colonel Jeff Cooper's Firearms Rule #4 for those counting), Nick took cover inside a store. He stands by his choice not to pull the trigger, saying "I'm not beating myself up cause I didn't shoot him, I know after he saw me I think the last shot he fired was the one he used on himself".

    That's right... even though Nick never fired a shot, Roberts knew that he was no longer the only armed man in the mall. Roberts retreated into the stairwell, cleared his weapons malfunction and committed suicide rather than continue attacking and killing any more innocent civilians.

    There is a famous saying that the only thing that can stop a bad man with a gun is a good man with a gun. On Tuesday night, Nick Meli was that good man with a gun. Even without the shot being fired, he managed to change Jacob Roberts plan and help to save lives.

    Let me just say thank you Nick.

    If you're interested in other stories of ordinary citizens using their firearms to defend themselves, their families, and their friends, take a look at our November 2012 Defensive Gun Use Report.

    I'll leave the last word to something that was on Nick's Facebook page and that I thought was quite fitting...

    ***UPDATED @ 6:17P.M. Thanks to Casey for clarifying that the child was a friend's child and was a boy rather than a girl
    Tags: Nick Meli, Clackamas Town Center, Clackamas Mall, Portland Mall, Mall Shooting, Jacob Tyler, Clackamas, Por,

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    Senior Member Dr. Gonzo GED's Avatar

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    Thank you for linking this!

    I was currious if there were any CCW holders in the mall. Given the area (very gun friendly, lots of CCW holders) and the sheer number of people at the scene I figured there had to be someone around.

    He probably did scare the shooter off. Jamed gun, someone drawing down on him, not looking so good on the shooters end. That young man is a hero.

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    Senior Member Punk's Avatar

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    Not gonna hear that story on MSNBC.
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    Forum Administrator Schuetzenman's Avatar

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    Quote Originally Posted by Punk View Post
    Not gonna hear that story on MSNBC.
    Or anywhere else. I wondered why the shooter stopped so quickly on his rampage and offed himself. Now I know, when faced with armed resistance he immediately gave up and killed himself.


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