“It was utter chaos,” he said. “People were trying to get out, running over each other, losing shoes. I don’t blame them.”Guns are probably allowed in places that serve alcohol in Minnesota, so why didn't one of the other patrons put a stop to this? Why did it take a wild-west saloon scene like hitting the shooter over the head with a chair?
When the shooting ended, Edward John Walberg, 40, was shot to death in the chair Jugovich had been sitting in earlier in the evening. Cale Steven Nelson, 29, was critically wounded after being shot in the stomach and Larry Vernon Elj, 38, was shot in the shoulder.
The alleged shooter, Jason Musburger, 47, a former Chisholm police officer, was subdued by patrons, including Ryan Simonson, who smashed a chair over Musburger’s head.
“It was heroic,” Jugovich said of Simonson’s actions. “If that didn’t happen, there was another gun and more people could have been injured or killed. He was very courageous.”
The story doesn't tell us whether alcohol had anything to do with it, but I'm guessing it did. It also doesn't tell us anything interesting about the shooter except that he had been a cop years ago and now worked for the city. I'd bet there were plenty of indications that Mr. Musburger shouldn't have been allowed to own guns. What do you think?
Is this a good example of why it's bad to allow armed folks to hang around in bars? Is the only pro-gun defense going to be that it happens infrequently enough that it's OK? Is this just part of the price we must pay for "freedom?"
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