Antoinette Tuff showed empathy and stopped a gunman

  • Article by: Dahlia Lithwick , Slate
  • Updated: August 26, 2013 - 7:45 PM

Is it too soon to “politicize” empathy?

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freedumb86Aug. 26, 13 7:58 PM

Antoinette should be given the highest medal of honor as there is no way to peace, peace is the only way.

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eddie55431Aug. 26, 13 8:00 PM

A Glock 9mm in her purse would have worked just as well, and we wouldn't have had to worry about a repeat.

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imichelleAug. 26, 13 9:46 PM

eddie55431, I beg to differ. If she would have pulled out the glock, it would have given a greater rise to the thought that only the shot could solve the problem and we will continually need to just wait until people "break" and then hopefully the "right" gun is around when the person hits that point. Because she was able to successfully use a negotiating technique and reach out to him, we all have the opportunity to learn what reaching out can do and perhaps, long before a person decides to load themselves down with a rounds of ammo and head over to a school someone has already been their anchor. I think her method has benefited us all as a society much more. Go read up on anchoring... it is pretty interesting stuff.

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texas_technomanAug. 27, 13 5:13 AM

Wayne LaPierre take note. Good guy, no gun!

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cstoney48Aug. 27, 13 8:23 AM

Antoinette Tuff-- a real American hero!

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john0990Aug. 27, 1311:17 AM

eddie55431--"A Glock 9mm in her purse would have worked just as well, and we wouldn't have had to worry about a repeat." You do understand that because of her actions there's nothing to repeat in this case, right?

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owatonnabillAug. 27, 1311:17 AM

Oskar Schindler was a Nazi who saved an estimated 1,000 Jews from the gas chamber. That does not negate the fact that hundreds of thousands of OTHER Nazis ended up with the blood of six million Jews on their hands. The news was the six million who died, not the thousand who lived. These person-bites-dog stories might encourage us to get all misty-eyed with feelgood warm fuzzies but the very fact of the rarity of this type of thing is what got it noticed in the first place. Let's get real, people.

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circleoflifeAug. 27, 1311:45 AM

I have no idea what I would've done in her place. This lady is just that, a true lady

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davehougAug. 27, 1311:50 AM

I recall a story about a beligerant drunk on a train about to be decked by a big Marine. However, a small slight person sat down next to the threatening drunk and asked his name, and started a conversation. The threat went away and nobody got a black eye. Conversation can be more effective than violence.

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twspt7Aug. 27, 13 1:21 PM

@owatonnabill "Let's get real, people" Violence is the last resort of the incompetent, bill. Seems to me this is what many CnCers live for: given the least amount of justification, the chance to pull their piece on a "bad guy." We need more people like Antoinette Tuff and less people like George Zimmerman.

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