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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 21
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2012-12-28 03:29:23 AM  
6 votes:

violentsalvation: Thank you for killing that bastard. R.I.P.


I'm not knocking the guy, he was a hero, Whitman was out of control and had to be put down...

But calling Whitman a bastard does little in light of the knowledge of the tragedy of this particular shooting was - not just for his victims at the university - but the shooter and his spiral into destruction.

He's often used in criminal justice textbooks - not because of his actions, but because of their cause. Whitman had a ludicrously large brain tumor... he was, with his letters and speaking with people, documenting his descent into madness and his helplessness in understanding why these changes were overcoming him.

He's an example of how unwise it is to be quick to judge the "why" of these things. I pity the man... he was genuinely diseased and a passenger for his own destruction. It's hard to imagine anyone blameless, especially of such wanton violence, but if it is possible he's at the top of the list.

It would have been better for someone to take him out quicker, taking him alive is almost academic as medical professionals were pretty convinced he was a dead man walking considering how far gone the tumor was. It's a baffling case to this day. But this is one of those rare events where the guy with the gun should probably be chalked up as a victim as well.

Just my opinion.

/99% of these shooters are just total evil douchebags...
//this, to me, is the tragic exception.
2012-12-28 02:52:21 AM  
5 votes:
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 02:42:01 AM  
4 votes:
46 years ago? Impossible. There where no video games at the time.
2012-12-28 02:55:47 AM  
3 votes:

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 03:46:26 AM  
2 votes:

dethmagnetic: The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy  ...a highly-trained law enforcement professional with a gun and lots of back-up, better regulations to keep the "bad guy" from getting the gun in the first place, and better mental healthcare to treat spree killers who are usually crazy people, which means more evil Socialism booga booga booga!

2012-12-28 02:54:52 AM  
2 votes:

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 02:54:48 AM  
2 votes:

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 02:33:32 AM  
2 votes:

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 01:33:19 AM  
2 votes:
Rest in peace, Officer McCoy. Your valor, compassion and service to the public will NEVER be forgotten.
2012-12-28 12:45:36 AM  
2 votes:
The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.
2012-12-28 10:00:27 AM  
1 votes:
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RIP Mr. McCoy.
2012-12-28 08:59:28 AM  
1 votes:
I agree with Researcher. Clearly Whitman had to be killed and I'm glad he was, but I see him as a victim as well. He left a note that said, according to Wikipedia:

"If my life insurance policy is valid please pay off my debts [...] donate the rest anonymously to a mental health foundation. Maybe research can prevent further tragedies of this type."

He kept writing that he didn't understand why he was doing the things he was. That just makes me really sad.
2012-12-28 07:48:46 AM  
1 votes:

BalugaJoe: No. It was Ramiro Martinez who stopped Whitman.


That's what he might say, but he missed hitting him with his pistol. After McCoy fired the two fatal shots into Whitman's head and neck, Martinez fired a single shot into Whitman's arm and then ran away screaming that he got him.
2012-12-28 04:19:32 AM  
1 votes:
now i have farking "dirty laundry" stuck in my head...


i'll tell ya all something too...

i like what America "stood" for. on paper it looks good.
as much as i troll, I respect a guy who will lay his life on the line because even though he thinks its 911 or no commies whtvr, he's trying to do his part.

i respect that.

but the bullshiat in the middle? no thanks.

America isn't the envy of the world...it's the arsehole of everywhere.
it's the new nazi regime...

and that's sad..

help your poor.
feed your hungry.
shelter your homeless.
bring aid to the sick.

that's how you fix things.

you got some sick people running your show.
do something about it.

happy holidays to everyone...
my pizza pop is ready
2012-12-28 03:25:01 AM  
1 votes:
Here in Texas, officer McCoy is also known as "the guy who interfered with that Real American's 2nd Amendment Rights."
2012-12-28 03:18:48 AM  
1 votes:
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 03:18:47 AM  
1 votes:

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


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2012-12-28 03:08:26 AM  
1 votes:

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 02:58:54 AM  
1 votes:

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 02:52:23 AM  
1 votes:
Houston McCoy was a good guy with a gun.

RIP Mr MCoy
2012-12-28 02:33:43 AM  
1 votes:
Thank you for killing that bastard. R.I.P.
 
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