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(Austin Statesman)   Houston McCoy, the Austin police officer who stopped University of Texas Tower sniper Charles Whitman more than 46 years ago, died early Thursday afternoon. He was 72   (statesman.com) divider line 147
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2012-12-27 11:39:47 PM
Do you think when he was called to the scene the dispatcher said "Houston, we have a problem"?
 
2012-12-28 12:02:24 AM
www.teenjury.com
I'm guessing that if he doesn't want Charles Whitman mentioned in his obit, he probably wouldn't appreciate the 21 gun salute UT has planned...
 
2012-12-28 12:02:46 AM

poonesfarm: Do you think when he was called to the scene the dispatcher said "Houston, we have a problem"?


The shooting happened in Austin, not Houston, numbnuts
 
2012-12-28 12:04:42 AM
 
2012-12-28 12:10:57 AM
he's just a good old boy

Never meanin' no harm?
 
2012-12-28 12:21:23 AM
anddeforestkelly.files.wordpress.com
RIP McCoy
 
2012-12-28 12:30:42 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: poonesfarm: Do you think when he was called to the scene the dispatcher said "Houston, we have a problem"?

The shooting happened in Austin, not Houston, numbnuts


*facepalm*
 
2012-12-28 12:31:14 AM
according to the autopsy, the fatal wounds were to Whitman's head and heart.

He never got over that one, white dove.
 
2012-12-28 12:35:51 AM
This always reminds me of The X-Files. They had some odd episode where a guy was under mind control, climbed a clock tower at a university, and began sniping people. Mulder, of course, found a way to save the day. I saw that as a kid and it wasn't until much later that I realized it took a lot of inspiration from a real event.

... Yeah, I have nothing of substance to contribute here.
 
2012-12-28 12:45:09 AM
Whitman.

Foreshadow.
 
2012-12-28 12:45:36 AM
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
 
2012-12-28 12:46:51 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: poonesfarm: Do you think when he was called to the scene the dispatcher said "Houston, we have a problem"?

The shooting happened in Austin, not Houston, numbnuts


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2012-12-28 12:51:19 AM

dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.



FTFY

/or gal
 
2012-12-28 12:59:04 AM

Nothing To See Here: He was sitting up there for more than an hour,
Way up there on the Texas Tower
Shooting from the twenty-seventh floor. Yahoo!
He didn't choke or slash or slit them,
Not our Charles Joseph Whitman,
He won't be an architect no more.
Got up that morning calm and cool,
He picked up his guns and walked to school.
All the while he smiled so sweetly
And it blew their minds completely,
They'd never seen an Eagle Scout so cruel.

Kinky Friedman


Nice.  I'll add:

Sniper, by Harry Chapin
 
2012-12-28 01:33:19 AM
Rest in peace, Officer McCoy. Your valor, compassion and service to the public will NEVER be forgotten.
 
2012-12-28 01:52:39 AM

dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.


Although a booby-trapped exploding receiver on Whitman's rifle would have been a hilarious alternative option...
 
2012-12-28 02:33:32 AM

dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.


OUTSTANDING Private Snowball!
 
2012-12-28 02:33:43 AM
Thank you for killing that bastard. R.I.P.
 
2012-12-28 02:35:10 AM

dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.


False. The only thing that stopped that bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Jared Lee Loughner was stopped by an unarmed member of the public when he stopped firing to reload.
 
2012-12-28 02:37:18 AM

Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: poonesfarm: Do you think when he was called to the scene the dispatcher said "Houston, we have a problem"?

The shooting happened in Austin, not Houston, numbnuts


*SWOOSH*
 
2012-12-28 02:41:42 AM
My mom was on campus that day and for some reason left a building to run to her car through Whitman's field of view. When she got home she told her mom that she left the building because she thought her mother would be worried sick. Grandma wasn't worried about her, she was worried about my aunt who was in high school. She was afraid she'd go see what was going on and get killed. According to my mom, some students from my aunt's high school went to gawk and got shot, but my aunt didn't go. Fortunately my mom's foolish behavior didn't get her killed.
 
2012-12-28 02:42:01 AM
46 years ago? Impossible. There where no video games at the time.
 
2012-12-28 02:42:51 AM

Bathia_Mapes: Dow Jones and the Temple of Doom: poonesfarm: Do you think when he was called to the scene the dispatcher said "Houston, we have a problem"?

The shooting happened in Austin, not Houston, numbnuts

*facepalm*


Dude's name was Houston, dear.
 
2012-12-28 02:44:23 AM
Charles Whitman. The prototypical gun nut. As the story goes, his autopsy showed that he had a brain tumor, which possibly, but not conclusively, may have provoked his killing spree.
 
2012-12-28 02:47:57 AM
Since we're doing song lyrics...

That's why I say Hey man, nice shot.
Good shot man.
That's why I say hey man, nice shot.
good shot man.

/I wish I would've met you.
//Now it's a little late.
 
2012-12-28 02:48:27 AM
Martinez also grabbed McCoy's shotgun and shot Whitman one more time as he lay on the ground.


Yeah, that'll learn him.
 
2012-12-28 02:49:04 AM

dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.


Yeah, but wouldn't it be better to prevent the bad guy from getting a gun to begin with? Or do bad guys have rights, too?
 
2012-12-28 02:52:21 AM
Wow. I mean, all badassery aside, was there ever any doubt as to what this man would do with his life? Is there a more Texan name than Houston McCoy? The fact that he didn't become a Texas Ranger is, frankly, shocking. The fact that his death was due to smoking is definitely not. Anyone named Houston McCoy almost certainly smoked two packs of unflitereds a day, lit with dynamite and snubbed out on his bare palm in the midst of a game of horseshoes.

RIP Sir. Your name, your accomplishments, and your memory will live on with your family and the families of those you saved that day.

/Houston McCoy
//Had to say it one more time
 
2012-12-28 02:52:23 AM
Houston McCoy was a good guy with a gun.

RIP Mr MCoy
 
2012-12-28 02:54:31 AM

dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a tactical nuclear device gun.

//Acceptable collateral damage.
 
2012-12-28 02:54:47 AM

gopher321: Martinez also grabbed McCoy's shotgun and shot Whitman one more time as he lay on the ground.


Yeah, that'll learn him.


"Resisting arrest" and "Involuntary spasms due to shotgun wounds to the face" look remarkably similar.
 
2012-12-28 02:54:48 AM

James F. Campbell: dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Yeah, but wouldn't it be better to prevent the bad guy from getting a gun to begin with? Or do bad guys have rights, too?



Yes. Yes they do. Until they actually do something that makes them "bad guys" they get the same rights as everyone else.
 
2012-12-28 02:54:52 AM

James F. Campbell: dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Yeah, but wouldn't it be better to prevent the bad guy from getting a gun to begin with? Or do bad guys have rights, too?


Can we maybe not turn this thread into another stupid troll thread? A cool old dude that actually contributed something to society unlike us useless internet farkwads has died, show some respect, you.

//Plus we've had like 10^10 of those bloody threads already.
 
2012-12-28 02:55:47 AM

dethmagnetic: The only thing that stopped  a this bad guy with a gun this time were several good trained professionals who had more guns, less of the brain-crazies, and more good fortune, than the bad guy.


/Fixed it for you! :D
//You're welcome! :D
 
2012-12-28 02:56:11 AM

Jim_Callahan: Can we maybe not turn this thread into another stupid troll thread? A cool old dude that actually contributed something to society unlike us useless internet farkwads has died, show some respect, you.


Hey, asshole, I didn't bring it up. You're talking to the wrong person, so go fark yourself.
 
2012-12-28 02:58:54 AM

richard_1963: Charles Whitman. The prototypical gun nut. As the story goes, his autopsy showed that he had a brain tumor, which possibly, but not conclusively, may have provoked his killing spree.


His problems had nothing to do with gun nuttery. He was being treated for mental illness (though treatment for that at the time was in its infancy) and in his letter he asked that after covering his bills, the remaining portion of his life insurance be donated " anonymously to a mental health foundation. Maybe research can prevent further tragedies of this type."

We probably should've recognized that letter as a warning and learned something from it.
 
2012-12-28 03:00:04 AM

Jim_Callahan: James F. Campbell: dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Yeah, but wouldn't it be better to prevent the bad guy from getting a gun to begin with? Or do bad guys have rights, too?

Can we maybe not turn this thread into another stupid troll thread? A cool old dude that actually contributed something to society unlike us useless internet farkwads has died, show some respect, you.

//Plus we've had like 10^10 of those bloody threads already.


Yes. Let's not resort to anything childish or pointlessly argumentative on Fark.  The Interwebz is srs bsns.

/Hats off to Mr. Houston and his fellow officers.
//But really, asking for maturity and Troll FreeTM discussion for an article involving firearms? Surely you jest.
 
2012-12-28 03:00:12 AM
Apparently this tower shooter thing was back before cops formed a secure perimeter and waited for the shooting to stop.

James F. Campbell: dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Yeah, but wouldn't it be better to prevent the bad guy from getting a gun to begin with? Or do bad guys have rights, too?


How do you stop bad guys from having guns without guns?
 
2012-12-28 03:02:13 AM

leadmetal: Apparently this tower shooter thing was back before cops formed a secure perimeter and waited for the shooting to stop.

James F. Campbell: dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Yeah, but wouldn't it be better to prevent the bad guy from getting a gun to begin with? Or do bad guys have rights, too?

How do you stop bad guys from having guns without guns?


With even other guns, Are you stupid?
 
2012-12-28 03:05:30 AM

leadmetal: How do you stop bad guys from having guns without guns?


I guess if all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
 
2012-12-28 03:08:26 AM

Brian Ryanberger: leadmetal: Apparently this tower shooter thing was back before cops formed a secure perimeter and waited for the shooting to stop.

James F. Campbell: dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.

Yeah, but wouldn't it be better to prevent the bad guy from getting a gun to begin with? Or do bad guys have rights, too?

How do you stop bad guys from having guns without guns?

With even other guns

moar Charles Whitman Sampler Pack., Are you stupid?
 
2012-12-28 03:12:57 AM

FightDirector: Yes. Yes they do. Until they actually do something that makes them "bad guys" they get the same rights as everyone else.


This is like saying we shouldn't try to disarm bombs until they've already gone off.
 
2012-12-28 03:14:12 AM
Nope, you lie. Guns cannot stop violence...well, according to tudorgirl.

/RIP, brave man.
 
2012-12-28 03:14:12 AM

Wayne 985: This always reminds me of The X-Files. They had some odd episode where a guy was under mind control, climbed a clock tower at a university, and began sniping people. Mulder, of course, found a way to save the day. I saw that as a kid and it wasn't until much later that I realized it took a lot of inspiration from a real event.

... Yeah, I have nothing of substance to contribute here.


I recently finished a marathon of the 'Files, and that episode instantly came to mind upon reading the headline.

... no substance here either...
 
2012-12-28 03:16:13 AM
and I'm drinking a shot of Ten High Kentucky Straight Sour Mash Bourbon Whiskey for you, sir.

/the good Ten High.
//not that "A blend" shiat.
///one more bottle left of the old stock at my favorite liquor store.
 
2012-12-28 03:16:48 AM

AverageAmericanGuy: according to the autopsy, the fatal wounds were to Whitman's head and heart.

He never got over that one, white dove.


double tap.
 
2012-12-28 03:17:35 AM

dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.


Not according to Tudorgirl.

/tudorgirl
 
2012-12-28 03:18:47 AM

The Real Weedlord Bonerhitler: 46 years ago? Impossible. There where no video games at the time.


upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-12-28 03:18:48 AM
HARTMAN: Do any of you people know who Charles Whitman was? None of you dumbasses knows? Private Cowboy?
COWBOY: Sir, he was that guy who shot all those people from that tower in Austin, Texas, sir!

HARTMAN: That's affirmative. Charles Whitman killed twelve people from a twenty-eight-storey observation tower at the University of Texas from distances up to four hundred yards. Anybody know who Lee Harvey Oswald was? Private Snowball?

SNOWBALL: Sir, he shot Kennedy, sir!

HARTMAN: That's right, and do you know how far away he was?

SNOWBALL: Sir, it was pretty far! From that book suppository building, sir!

HARTMAN: All right, knock it off! Two hundred and fifty feet! He was two hundred and fifty feet away and shooting at a moving target. Oswald got off three rounds with an old Italian bolt action rifle in only six seconds and scored two hits, including a head shot! Do any of you people know where these individuals learned to shoot? Private Joker?

JOKER: Sir, in the Marines, sir!

HARTMAN: In the Marines! Outstanding! Those individuals showed what one motivated marine and his rifle can do! And before you ladies leave my island, you will be able to do the same thing!

[Full Metal Jacket]
 
2012-12-28 03:19:19 AM
www.cheezeball.net

RIP Slim
 
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