An Islamic terrorist attack at Ohio State this morning injured 10 before an armed officer confronted and shot the Somali refugee terrorist dead.
An Ohio State University student plowed into a campus crowd with a car, then jumped out and started stabbing people with a butcher knife before being shot dead by police Monday morning, officials said.
Ten people were taken to hospitals after the ambush, and one was in critical condition. The incident was initially reported as an “active shooter” situation, but the suspect did not shoot anyone.
A police officer was on the scene within a minute and killed the assailant. “He engaged the suspect and eliminated the threat,” OSU Police Chief Craig Stone said.
The suspect’s name was not released, but law enforcement officials told NBC News he was an 18-year-old Ohio State student, a Somali refugee who was a legal permanent resident of the United States.
The motive was unknown, but officials said the attack was clearly deliberate and may have been planned in advance.
“This was done on purpose,” Stone said.
Authorities have not named the suspect, but as they’re already alluding, a probable motive seems clear. Islamic terrorist groups, most notably ISIS, have called upon Muslims in the West to carry out terrorist attacks against soft targets using knives and vehicles. School and college campuses are among the easiest targets available, as they contain high concentrations of people made unarmed and defenseless because of short-sighted state laws that have made most campuses “gun free zones.”
99-percent of mass shootings since 1950 have occurred in these “gun free zones.” Far from being a safe space, they are easily-exploitable killing fields.
As horrific as today’s attack was, it could have been much worse if the terrorist had rudimentary targeting skills and technique with a knife or access to other weapons that he clearly lacked. Even though he was largely incompetent he still managed to injured ten people, one of them critically, before a police officer was able to confront and kill him with his department-issued handgun.
Put bluntly, we are very lucky that dozens of Ohio State University students aren’t dead right now.
Do you think I’m exaggerating?
A “lone wolf” terrorist in France managed to kill 86 and wounded 434 in a Bastille Day truck attack by merely driving a truck through the packed crowd. Ohio State had a football game just two days ago that drew a record 110,045 fans.
Announced attendance is 110,045 – a new Ohio Stadium record.
— Eleven Warriors (@11W) November 26, 2016
Had the terrorist rented or stolen a truck and carried out his attack outside the exits Saturday as the dejected crowd left the stadium, we could be looking at many hundreds of casualties instead of less than a dozen.
Of course, we also know that the next attack may not come from someone ineptly using “just” a butcher knife and a vehicle.
Navy SEAL veteran Dom Raso is among many counterterrorism experts you who have warned us that a major Islamic terrorist attack on students is going to happen. It’s just a matter of when. I highly recommend you watch this sobering video five-minute all the way through.
The softest, easiest targets in the United States are unarmed schools.
We will suffer a coordinated attack by multiple attackers. We will see them use firearms.
We will see our children murdered by the hundreds if we don’t pull our heads out of the sand and listen to the experts, and listen now.
Purdue University’s Homeland Security Institute has done the research, and came up with the best defensive solution to active shooter attacks.
They advocate a combination of armed campus security (armed school resource officers or armed university police) along with concealed carriers in the classroom.
Dr. Eric Dietz, director of Purdue University’s Homeland Security Institute, says that their research indicates that a combination of armed officers on campus with concealed carriers in the classroom will reduce casualties in an “active shooter” attack on campus by two-thirds.
Implementing armed resource officers in all of our schools is expensive. Campus carry at schools and universities costs nothing but a small amount of political capital in defeating irrational anti-safety radicals in the gun control movement. These zealots are more afraid of law abiding citizens being self-reliant than they are of our students being mowed down by terrorists and the criminally insane.
We must implement campus carry across the country, and we need to do so now.
We got very lucky today at Ohio State today. It was a wake-up call.
Call your legislators now and DEMAND campus carry give our faculty, staff, and students a fighting chance.