The Untold Story Of How A Man And His Gun Saved The Day During Tucson Shooting

One of the most heroic stories during the horrific shooting of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and many others is the story of Joe Zamudio:

Joe Zamudio was buying a pack of cigarettes nearby when the first shots were fired. “I ran out the doors and there is a man running and he says, ‘Shooter. Shooter. Get down,'” says Zamudio.

John Blackstone: “You heard the shots and you went running toward the shots?”

Zamudio: “I know. That’s pretty crazy, huh?”

Well, certainly pretty incredible, anyway.  Just imagine yourself running – completely unarmed – toward a mass-murdering shooter.

Would you do that?  I sure don’t think I would.

Ah, but it turns out that neither did Zamudio.  Pay particular attention beginning at 4:39 in the Youtube video:

A transcript of the most relevant moment of the interview:

Ed Shultz: “Did you ever think of drawing your firearm or did you make the determination that you didn’t have to?”

Joe Zamudio: “Sir, when I came through the door I had my hand on the butt of my pistol and I clicked the safety off.  I was ready to kill him.  But I didn’t have to do that and I was very blessed that I didn’t have to go to that place.”

Schultz:  “You would have used that firearm?”

Zamudio:  “You’re damn right!”

And pardon my saying so, but damn right he was damn right.

But it’s important to recognize that Joe Zamudio did NOT run unarmed toward a killer who was gunning unarmed people down.  Joe Zamudio was armed himself.  Rather than being a helpless target, Joe Zamudio was a warrior who ran toward a shooting scene because he knew that he could fight the slimebag on his own terms.

Had he not been so armed, the events would almost certainly have been very different – and far more tragic.

It’s still not clear exactly what happened immediately before Joe Zamudio ran onto the scene and put the forces of light over the top in a deadly battle with the forces of darkness.

The man who started the takedown of monster Jared Loughner was a 74 year-old retired Army colonel named Bill Badger (and thank God for a soldier to have been in the right place at the right time) who had been shot in the head and bleeding heavily.  Somehow even though seriously wounded he managed to grab Loughner by the wrist and took the killer down to the ground.

Here’s the basic account from the Washington Post:

TUCSON, Ariz. — Three people helped subdue a gunman accused of attempting to assassinate Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and killing six people at a political event in Arizona.

Pima Co. Sheriff Clarence Dupnik says Patricia Maisch (MAYSH) was waiting in line with her husband to get a photo with Giffords. When the shooting started, she ran up to the suspect and grabbed the empty magazine, then grabbed a full magazine as he was loading it into the gun.

Two men helped subdue the suspect – Roger Sulzgeber (SULZ-gay-ber), who was also in line, and Joseph Zimudie (Zah-MOO-die), who was at a nearby Walgreens and heard the shooting.

Maisch says she believes the two men got to the gun the same time she got to the magazine.

And here’s the account of 61 year-old heroine Patricia Maisch:

Ms Maisch told Channel 4 News that she had been waiting in line to meet the Congresswoman when she heard what she realised was a gunshot.

“In that split second I had to make a decision whether to run or to lay down on the ground,” she told our Washington Correspondent, Sarah Smith.

“I decided I would be a target if I ran because the gunman was now just steps from me and I lay down.”

A teenage girl next to her – being shielded by her mother – was shot three times.

“I was laying there on the concrete wondering how bad it was going to be and how it was going to hurt,” she said.

“And, instead of a gunshot , the shooter was now on the ground just on top of me nearly – and there were two gentlemen on top of him.

Somebody said ‘get the gun’, and I was already up on my knees and over his waist. The gun was out of my reach, but he was reaching into his pocket with his left hand and pulling out a magazine, which fell on the sidewalk.

“I managed to get the magazine before he could get it. I got it secure in my hand.”

While Ms Maisch knelt on the gunman’s legs and ankles to stop him flailing, she noticed that one of the men also helping hold him down was bleeding from a head wound

You get a sense of just how critical the moment was that Joe Zamudio sprinted onto the scene.  Patricia Maisch was lying on the ground waiting to die when all of a sudden a heroic struggle began to take place.

But just how long was a seriously wounded and bleeding 74 year-old man going to be able to take on and control a 22 year-old psychopath?  Not very.

Had Joe Zamudio not arrived at the moment he did, a terrible and tragic scene would have been at least TWICE as terrible and tragic.  Police were still minutes away.

And Joe Zamudio was able to race toward the gunfire when everyone else was literally running away from it because he was armed.  With a gun.

Now, allow me to digress for a moment to point out that most mainstream media accounts make out Patricia Maisch to be the hero who disarmed the shooter.  Why?  Well, because the colonel is a military man – and the left despises the military.  And Joe Zamudio (more about what the left says about him in a moment) was carrying a gun.  Which means he’s clearly a villain.

This is what we’ve got from ABC’s “The View” regarding what they think about Joe Zamudio – a guy who only selflessly raced from safety to confront a killer, turn the tide and saved a whole bunch of lives:

“Looks like white trash, talks like white trash and for all intents and purposes, IS WHITE TRASH. This thug said he “carries” a gun and unlocked the safety and was “ready to kill” (in his words). He later went on to say he was “blessed” that he didn’t have to. Can we say oxymoron here? Sickening.”

You and I have a very different notion of what is “sickening,” you slimeball.  Tag, you’re it.

I took a screenshot of ABC’s website, because you know this is going to be taken down – liberals and “moral courage” go together like peanut butter and spinach – and liberals will be denying that, yes, they really ARE this amazingly vile and loathsome:

[Click on image to enlarge]

How many times do I have to say this?  If you are a liberal, you ought to be ashamed.  Just ashamed.

And the above gets right to the heart of why I got into blogging: because while I haven’t had to display the courage of Joe Zamudio, I’ll be damned if I’m going to do nothing and allow depraved moral idiot liberal slimeballs like our example above to spew his filth.

The mainstream media leftists are going to tell this story in their own image, but the fact of the matter is that if it hadn’t been for that “white trash” “thug” Joe Zamudio and his gun, no rational mind even wants to think about how many more innocent people would have been murdered or terribly wounded.

There’s an interesting thing about such shootings involving crazed psychos: the degree of carnage is directly related to how long it takes before another gun shows up. The cities and states with the most restrictive gun control laws have the highest levels of gun violence because criminals don’t care about laws.

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16 Responses to “The Untold Story Of How A Man And His Gun Saved The Day During Tucson Shooting”

  1. HL Says:

    Joe Zamudio is a patriotic HERO, as are the others who subdued the killer and got his ammo.
    It is literally sickening what the Liberals have done in response to this tragedy.
    Thinking Americans in AZ have gone out and bought GUNS! WE THE PEOPLE have the RIGHT to bear arms to protect ourselves against tyrants and criminals.
    Michael, you are part of a noble army waging war against the evil at work in this world.

    Really good article, thanks, HL.

  2. Penumbra Says:

    First of all, as one voice from Sweden, I want to give my condolences to the people who lost their love ones in the shooting. And I also deeply regret the tragedy that has struck senator Gabrielle Giffords and her family.

    But I also want to add a couple of things to the debate, from a conservative Swedish point of view:

    First, we do have strict gun lows in Sweden, but the criminal world is well supplied, no matter what. There are no shortages of guns among criminals – at least what I can tell from the reports I read in the newspapers everyday.

    It seems to be quite easy to get a gun, even if you are not a part of the criminal circle. One example is a shooting that took place among a religious sect in a small village named Knutby on January 2004. A young woman with no criminal background could buy a gun in the centre of Stockholm and later kill one person and injure another.


    Secondly, the leftists seem to use this tragedy for their on purpose, saying that the shooting is the result of the coarse language that has been used by the rightwing side in the debate. At least that’s the case in Sweden, making Mrs. Sarah Palin and the Tea Party responsible for that. Using a young man with a sick mind in this way is nothing else but dirty.

    There is a good example of that too, over here. A man by the name of Peter Mangs is in custody for one killing and five attempts, but it seems as he has been doing this for quite a while so the number of shootings may increase during the investigation. His guns were legal since he was a member of a shooting-club. His motives seem to be racial. He seems to have a minor mental disturbance. The leftists in Sweden are trying to blame a small party in the Swedish parliament for that, with the same argumentation as blaming Mrs. Palin for the shootings in Tucson.

    The reference below is in Swedish, but if you just look at the pictures, you will immediately recognize him. The similarities with the Tucson shooter are striking.


  3. James Candelmo Says:


    Once again, thank you for your great analysis of this situation. I watched this clip of the “Ed Show” the other night. I occasionally like to turn the channel to MSNBC just to find out what the liberal mindset thinks of the current news events. This particular clip had me screaming at the TV !! This guy Ed states that he is a gun owning hunter that owns mainly rifles and shotguns but wouldn’t know what to do with a handgun that has 30 rounds !! Is he really that ignorant? If he has that much trouble trying to figure out what a handgun is for, maybe he shouldn’t own the rifles or shotguns. Additionally, he slimly adds in a shot at concealed weapon permit holders with “… many of them can carry handguns that shoot 30 round without reloading…” Anyone who knows anything about guns including rifle an shotgun owners, know that no such handgun exists or at the very least is allowed to be carried as a concealed weapon.

    I am a CCW holder in the both morally and economically bankrupt state of CA and I can first hand verify that the background process which includes several meetings with law enforcement officials, fingerprinting, FBI screening, Letters of recommendation, Private business information and a laundry list of other qualifying factors, would reveal anyone with the slightest hint of mental irregularity. I would argue that CCW holders are some of the most responsible and mentally secure individuals around. How many valid CCW holders in the US have committed a crime with their handgun ?? It doesn’t happen. This Ed guy is grossly irresponsible in his reporting and I doubt seriously the guy own a single gun, rifle or otherwise.

    I saw this coming a mile away with the Dupnik press conferences. The left will try anything they can to deterioration the 2nd Amendment. They don’t understand that by passing gun laws only the law-abiding citizens suffer the loss. Do they really think that a criminal mind stops and thinks about the legality of his gun purchase or that he fills out forms at the local gun shop before purchasing his handgun?? Only a non-gun owner would be that clueless. I would argue further that if the 72 year old Colonel or anyone else at that meet and greet had a handgun, the loss of life would have been significantly less if at all. I can at least confirm that had I’d been there, he (Jared) would have had trouble getting of round two. “An armed society is a safe and polite society.”

    God Bless,

  4. Michael Eden Says:


    Thanks for your intelligent, informed words. I agree with every word.

    I’d rather like to hear your comments regarding another article I recently wrote, titled, “Why I Blame Democrats For Gun Laws That Allow Crazies To Kill.”

    There was a report on Fox News Special Report on Chicago and their gun ban. Immediately afterward the homicide rate skyrocketed.

  5. Michael Eden Says:

    “For this I was born…”

    Penumbra, I think you live in Sweden in order to confront liberals with the failure of their ideas where they have been tried before and failed before.

    Thank you so much for benefiting Americans who have ears to hear with the wisdom of one who has been there, done that and seen it all.

  6. Michael Eden Says:

    Thanks, HL.

    I had not heard that Joe Zamudio was “carrying” until last night. I thought, “Man that guy was brave! Either that, or he was a total idiot.”

    As someone who has served both as a soldier and as a police officer in Oregon, I can guarantee you that being armed gives you a willingness to move in the direction of gunfire that you would never have as a an unarmed and helpless individual.

    I’m not taking away Joe Zamudio’s raw courage in any way, shape or form. I’m merely saying that because he was carrying a gun, he was brave and not stupid.

    And if there were more Joe Zamudios, America would be a much safer place.

  7. Penumbra Says:

    Thank you, for the encouraging words. I can tell you that this is not an easy task in a society subjected to socialist and leftwing propaganda for so many years. We are still one of the richest countries in the world, in proportion to our population, but I can see beyond that and I see a moral depravation that will hit us from behind, so to say. However, conservative Christian views are probably the worst thing our politicians, media and intellectuals can imagine. So, I do not see any light at the end of the tunnel, not yet.

  8. J.W. Wartick Says:

    That man is a flippin’ hero! I can’t believe anyone would try to say otherwise. Being ready to kill to save the lives of others is not sickening, it is heroic. What is he supposed to do to the madman? Reason with him?

  9. Michael Eden Says:


    You live in a beautiful country; but I pity you for being forced to endure being surrounded by stupid and amoral ideas.

    If Seattle were to nationalize Bill Gates’ and Microsoft’s fortune, it would look pretty good on a per capita basis; but try that in a nation of 300 million.

    China has largely abandoned communism, which brought them nothing but poverty and misery for decades, and turned to a form of national socialism (fascism). That model is still socialism, but uses the power of regulation to impose government control rather than seizing the means of production.

    Where do you even get your facts, other than the internet??? Is there any national media (e.g., radio or cable TV) that is friendly to conservatives at all in Sweden??? I know that in many countries, there is no tolerance for conservative ideas at all, and all people here is leftwing garbage.

    It would be very difficult for me to live in such an environment. I have MANY conservative friends backing me up. But God put you where He put you for a reason.

    Scripture tells us that Noah preached for 120 years prior to the flood, and had no converts outside his own family to show for it. Until the flood made believers out of those who were perishing. It may literally be that God has you in Sweden as a similar witness and testimony. And while it aint fun, I know in hindsight I wouldn’t mind changing places with godly Noah. And then there are missionaries to India who spent their whole lives preaching, and had tiny, tiny numbers of converts. But God will reward them greatly!

    Keep standing up as best you know how. One day every eye shall see (Revelation 1:7).

  10. Michael Eden Says:

    As despicable as I think the left is, they still surprise me every day for their sheer loathsomeness.

    Obviously, not every Democrat is out there demonizing hero Joe Zamudio – a man who ran TOWARD the slaughter and helped take the shooter down – but this demonic attitude to hate good decent people is nevertheless widespread.

  11. Penumbra Says:

    Sweden is one of the most secular countries in the world, if not the most secular. I love my country but the absence of God in people’s hearts makes me sorrowful (and angry). However, I have understood that preaching the word of God to such a crowd is not the right way to reach into their hearts, not when you think of all the massive anti-religious propaganda that they have been subjected to from their very birth. So, “my way” is to reveal what the absence of our Lord Jesus Christ in our lives does to our society.

    And, yes, you may say that I was “sent” here. My family fled a communist regime in East Europe in the beginning of the sixties, when I was a little boy. Although I was little I already knew what communism and socialism meant, in practice. However, whether I was sent by God or not is too much to speculate in – it is simply too big for me to carry.

    I also have a question. One Swedish newspaper, an admirer of president Obama, has published an article about his speech regarding the Tucson tragedy. In the discussion, a question was raised about what share of the American media can be regarded as liberal or leftwing and what can be regarded as rightwing. As far as I know FOX NEWS is the only big TV-producer which is rightwing while the others, CNN, CBS and NBC, are on the left side. It will make 75% liberal media against 25%. What is your opinion on that, considering that “media” is not only television?

    In Sweden, you may say that 100% of the established media is liberal, leftwing liberal or socialistic.

    And, I apologize for not staying with the actual subject of this debate.

  12. Michael Eden Says:

    A lot of the Western European countries are shockingly atheist. In a way, it isn’t a surprise. Let me put it this way: given how America saved Europe first from the Nazis, then from the Soviets, you’d think they would at least believe in the United States. But no belief, no gratitude, nothing. So it really doesn’t surprise me that they wouldn’t believe in God, either.

    There’s a bumper sticker that reads, “Which part of Europe are you from: the part whose ass we saved, or the part whose ass we kicked?” That’s ANOTHER big reason why (apart from smaller, more racially singular/white populations) these countries are wealthy: because of the United States, they don’t even spend a dime defending themselves, let alone freedom all over the world. And they give only a small fraction of what their “poorer” citizens in the USA give to impoverished countries.

    Ah, well, wealth aint everything. I’ll be rich in heaven.

    Fox News is far and away the most powerful name in cable news – having more ratings than basically all of their liberal competition combined. When people are free to choose, they overwhelmingly choose Fox News. But ABC, CBS and NBC are different animals, because they AREN’T cable. You don’t have to buy cable to watch them, unlike Fox News.

    Percentage of Americans who pay for cable TV: 56%

    That makes it harder for Fox. They dominate cable, but 100% of households get ABC, CBS and NBC. And most of those also get PBS (another uber lib outfit).

    So this is really quite remarkable: “FOX NEWS Makes More Money Than CNN, MSNBC, And NBC-ABC-And-CBS News Combined.”

    This article may best give you the answers of what I’ve got.

    Fox News certainly “leans” right. But I couldn’t call it “conservative.” One of the things they have done is followed the newspapers – they’ve got their hard news, and then they’ve got their op-ed (O’Reilly, Hannity, Beck, Sustern). And the news part is really pretty run-of-the-mill moderate. They work very hard to make sure both sides get their say. What makes the news seem “conservative” is the fact that the rest of the stations don’t give conservatives the time of day. So one channel has half the guests being conservative, and the rest of them have 90% liberals. Does that make Fox “conservative”?

    Of course, we’ve also got AM talk radio, where many Americans get their news. It is overwhelmingly conservative. Why? Because liberals just increasingly sound more and more like idiots when they try to defend their ideas at any length.

    Here’s the links to most of the “media” articles I’ve kept.,1,7379263.story?coll=la-news-obituaries,2933,344709,00.html

  13. Michael Eden Says:

    John Lott has an article with factual documentation on the subject of this article that every conservative should read:

  14. Penumbra Says:

    Thank you for your answer.

    Media is one major factor that influences people and eventually voters. That is why we have had social democrats running Sweden since the 1930:s with some minor exceptions. Finally we voted to power a liberal government four years ago and they are still in power, after the last election in September 2010.

    But Swedish liberals are leftwing liberals, not very far away from the social democrats. So, we have taken a step in the right direction but we have long way to go to the conservative society that I am hoping for.

    With liberal media domination in the USA, you may become Europeanized. As the matter of fact I already see some signs of that. In such a case, the USA will loose its dynamics and its status as the world’s biggest economy and greatest military power. I hope this is not going to happen.

    However, I think USA has a better political tradition in terms of close contacts between the politicians and the voters. Direct contact is always better. In Europe, most of the time media is the only link between voters and politicians.

    You are right – there is no gratitude in Western Europe for the American help and sacrifice since WW1. I do not know why. My best guess is fear for becoming dominated by the USA, big brother complex, not willing to see and acknowledge our weaknesses, pride, etc. We also have lots of socialists and communists and they will never recognize USA, just as a matter of principle.

    But I have always been a friend of the USA. I had a tough time during the Vietnam War, because of that. I still do not understand why we, in Sweden, supported the North Vietnamese communists in a war that in general was a civil war between South and North.

    Our government has more or less disagreed with the US foreign politics since the end of WW2 and sometimes openly criticized it. But at the same time we have always been good friends behind the “stage”, exchanging intelligence, buying advanced American military technology and all that. US is our next biggest export market after the EU, our TV-sets and theaters are full of American TV series and movies which dominate. And so on..

    Americans are popular here, as well. I have seen it at parties, as young student, and later at international conferences in Sweden. I have also read an article about how surprised American tourists are when they arrive to the “exotic” Sweden, just to see how Americanized it is.

    So, maybe it is not as bad as it may look from your side of the Atlantic.

    But very few Christians here are true believers. The majority does not believe in God, and if you ask them they may answer “I believe there is some spiritual power but it is not the God of the Bible”. The churches have become just administrators of old Christian traditions.

    There is also a strong support for keeping religion and politics strictly separated which means that all the political reforms are more or less “clean” from the Christian values. The result is accelerating decadence.

    A strange effect of the attacks of the Muslims on us is that the atheism is growing, also among the Christian population. Many say “See what religion does to people, makes them fanatic killers”.

    Finally, I can only speak for one part of Europe, basically the protestant part. Catholic countries like Spain, Portugal, Italy, etc, are very different from us, not only because of the different nature of the catholic world, but also because of big differences in cultures and in human characters. Europe contains of many nationalities which differ from one another, a lot.

  15. Penumbra Says:

    Correction: Europe CONSISTS of many nationalities..

  16. Michael Eden Says:


    The American left would love nothing more than to follow the Europe and be like the Europeans.

    This movement is as old as the founding fathers. Thomas Jefferson said, “the comparison of our governments with those of Europe is like a comparison of heaven and hell.”

    And yet American liberals have ALWAYS wanted to be like Europe. In reading Jonah Goldberg’s “Liberal Fascism,” I was ASTOUNDED at the sheer quantity of documentation he provided proving that American Democrat progressives – easily covering both Woodrow Wilson’s to FDR’s time – swarmed over Europe for ideas. And these same progressives embraced first Hindenberg’s proto-fascism, and then Marxism and the “revolution,” and then Benito Mussolini’s Italian fascism, and finally Hitler and Nazism. They wanted to be “just like Europe” even as Europe rapidly descended into the ugliest evil ever seen.

    And the movement to be “just like Europe” dominates American liberals in key areas such as the judicial branch and US law. All the time leftist judges cite European law as being equivalent or parallel to the US Constitution.

    And, yes, the mainline liberal media looks to European-style media and swoons with envy. And the political left is constantly calling for one version of “the fairness doctrine” after another – so they can regain their stranglehold over culture.

    It used to be called “propaganda.” But a renowned American progressive media figure – who realized that “propaganda” was fundamentally incompatible with the will of the American people – merely renamed what he wanted to do as “public relations”:

    In describing the origin of the term Public Relations, Bernays commented, “When I came back to the United States [from the war], I decided that if you could use propaganda for war, you could certainly use it for peace. And propaganda got to be a bad word because of the Germans … using it. So what I did was to try to find some other words, so we found the words Counsel on Public Relations.”

    So it’s interesting to see what this guy thought, according to his own daughter:

    Ann Bernays (daughter) video-28:30
    “Democracy to my father was a wonderful concept, but I don’t think he felt that all those publics out there had reliable judgment.. that they very easily might vote for the wrong man, or want the wrong thing. So that they had to be guided from above. It’s enlightened despotism in a sense. You appeal to their desires and their unrecognized longings that sort of thing. That you can tap into their deepest desires or deepest fears and use that to your own purposes.

    Ann Bernays (32:30)
    “Anyone who disagreed with him, used the word dope and stupid over and over
    Interviewer: “and the masses” “they were stupid”

    And then there’s the views of renowned liberal journalist Walter Lippmann:

    The intelligent minorities have long understood this to be their function. Walter Lippmann described a “revolution” in “the practice of democracy” as “the manufacture of consent” has become “a self-conscious art and a regular organ of popular government.” This is a natural development when public opinion cannot be trusted: “In the absence of institutions and education by which the environment is so successfully reported that the realities of public life stand out very sharply against self-centered opinion, the common interests very largely elude public opinion entirely, and can be managed only by a specialized class whose personal interests reach beyond the locality,” and are thus able to perceive “the realities.” These are the men of best quality, who alone are capable of social and economic management.

    We routinely see these same techniques and these same attitudes from the American left on a daily basis.

    The left will never be able to see how profoundly fascist it is. Nor will the average American ever realize before it happens how shockingly close the United States is to descending into fascism. But at this point the American left has all the ideas and all the policies and all the underlying worldviews necessary to impose fascism. All they need is the power to be allowed to do so. And we’re ever only one election away from that…

    Keep up the good work of God in godless Sweden, Penumbra. You clearly have a burden for your nation and your people, just like the prophets of old. Keep praying and saying what is right.

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