Vet tackled shooter

| January 9, 2011

74-year-old Colonel Bill Badger tackled Jared Loughner while he was reloading his Glock according to telephone interviews with Fox News. Yeah, you go and try to find the story somewhere.

Col. Badger was also shot in the back of his head before he tackled Loughner. According to Col. Badger, someone whacked Louchner with a folding chair while he was reloading. That gave Badger an opportunity to grab his left arm while someone else grabbed Loughner’s right arm and they forced him to the ground.

I guess it’s more newsworthy when the shooter is thought to be a veteran than one of the guys who ended the shooting is a veteran.

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  1. Marilyn Pfaff says:

    Thank you, COL Badger!! God bless you, sir!! Always a sheepdog!! God bless you and the others who took down the shooter. Only God knows how many lives you saved —

  2. Alana says:

    Col Bill Badger was already a military hero and he just showed his heroism once again. Many thanks to not only Col Badger but the other 2 individuals that assisted in stopping this tragedy. Who were the other 2??

  3. ROS says:

    Was the Colonel killed?

  4. Jonn Lilyea says:

    Col. Badger was treated and released at the hospital. I don’t know who the others were who subdued the gunman.

  5. JONN, JONN: You “guess it is more newsworthy,,,,”. Isn’t that a given? I wonder how many different ways this tragedy will be twisted, distorted and outright lied about in the future.
    John Kennedy was not my favorite president, but he was MY president. The distortions surrounding his death are ridiculous. The same will come of this tragedy, and are already starting.
    GOD Bless America, and GOD bless the families who are so torn by this imbecilic idiot and his possible partner(s).
    “The King is dead, long live the King!” He has not taken anyone away from government, only from US!

  6. jerry says:

    Godspeed to the fallen, thank you Col Badger.


  7. NHSparky says:

    Thank you and God bless, Colonel.

  8. Toothless Dawg says:

    Yeah I can hear the left and ol’ purple lips … ‘Veteran assaults young man during stressful period of his life instead of talking to him gently’ … ‘Eric Holder plans investigation into Veterans assault on alledged shooter … Mr Holder states the crazed trained to kill Veteran should have called 9-1-1’

  9. NHSparky says:

    TD–you forgot Obama saying that the Colonel, “Acted stupidly.”

  10. Junior AG says:

    Was the heroic Colonel related to Maj. Stephen Mark Badger, who was killed running at Kreutzer after making sure his troopers exited Towel stadium in the 1995 shooting rampage?
    If so, courage is deep in the DNA of the Badger family.

  11. Auguste says:

    Yes, the shooter and the shooter’s victims is more newsworthy than one of the four guys who stopped him.

    Nevertheless, I didn’t have to look very hard – I found 16 articles immediately.

  12. God speed and his Peace and comfort to the victums and thier families. God bless you Col. It also appears that someone may have learned a thing or two from watching WWE. Folding chair, cool! The lady that grabbed was pretty brave also. She had me until she started on the Palin/Rush rant. Did anyone else catch that interview. Shep Smith is such a pandering pussy. Once again ,God bless the people that subdued the Jagoff. Shame there wasn’t someone packing there that could have stopped this from happening or minimised it. Of course they probably would have arrested as an accomplice.

  13. I meant to say the lady that grabbed the spare magazine before the shooter could reload. Sorry.

  14. Chuck Pelto says:

    TO: All
    RE: Heh

    It is a known doctrine in the Army that the best chance to survive a near ambush is IMMEDIATE and VIOLENT action AGAINST the ambushing force. In this case, Jared.


    [When the shooting starts, you’re either a combatant or you’re a pop-up target.]

    P.S. I’ll wager Badger is a combat-arms type. Likely infantry.

  15. kate says:

    Col. Badger, hero.

  16. Allston says:

    Chuck Pelto:

    Jeez, Chuck(les), I run into you everywhere! 🙂

    Yes, that’s correct. Doctrine states that, for example, if caught in an L-shaped ambush, the only proper way out is to immediately attach the short leg of the L.

  17. Tom Stedham says:

    Surely there are military awards that the good Colonel is still eligible for…
    A Soldier’s Medal, perhaps?
    Army Regulation 600-8-22 states that “The performance must have involved personal hazard or danger and the voluntary risk of life under conditions not involving conflict with an armed enemy. Awards will not be made solely on the basis of having saved a life.” It is the highest honor a soldier can receive for an act of valor in a non-combat situation.

    Let’s start a petition!

  18. Linda says:

    Wow. I hadn’t heard this ANYWHERE else. Thanks for spreading the news. I sure appreciate that and also the bravery of that vet and the person with the folding chair.

  19. Larry Waters says:

    “Yeah, you go and try to find the story somewhere.”

    Heroes of Tucson Shooting: ‘Something Had to Be Done’
    ABC News -

    74-year-old retired Army colonel who took down Arizona assassin was a ‘born hero’

    Heroes of Tucson Tragedy Stopped the Shooting
    CBS News – John Blackstone – ?18 hours ago?
    With the gun aimed at his head, Badger, a 74-year-old retired army colonel, made a lucky move. Badger indicates the back of his head, saying, …

    You get the point.