NRATV host Grant Stinchfield claimed that James Shaw Jr., the 29-year-old being hailed as a hero after wrestling an assault-style rifle away from a gunman who opened fire inside a Nashville Waffle House Sunday, could have been more heroic had he been armed because “we wouldn’t be having a manhunt right now.”
“What amazes me is people have been tweeting at me, these folks on the left, somehow saying this proves that you don’t need a good guy with a gun because James — if anything, it proves to me that he had more guts, and he was braver without the gun,” Stinchfield said. “But clearly if someone was there with a gun, we wouldn’t be having a manhunt right now. It doesn’t take away from the fact that a gun could have been useful in this situation.
“Anybody, whether it was Mr. Shaw, whether it was somebody else, if they had a gun, we wouldn’t be having a manhunt right now. OK? It takes a good guy with a gun to stop a bad guy with a gun. Yes, a good guy with guts stopped a bad guy with a gun momentarily, but he didn’t stop him permanently. And this guy is still on the loose,” he added.
The Nashville Police Department tweeted that Travis Reinking, 29, was taken into custody around 1 p.m. local time.
BREAKING: Travis Reinking apprehended moments ago in a wooded area near Old Hickory Blvd & Hobson Pk. pic.twitter.com/00ukga37s6
— Metro Nashville PD (@MNPDNashville) April 23, 2018
Shaw, who sustained a gunshot wound and burns when he grabbed the weapon from the shooter, has repeatedly declined to call himself a hero.
“I’m not a hero. I’m just a regular person, and I think anybody could have did what I did if they are just pushed into that kind of cage,” Shaw said at a news conference.
“You have to either react or you’re going to fold, and I chose to react because I didn’t see any other way of living, and that’s all I wanted to do. I just wanted to live.”
Shaw has launched a GoFundMe page to raise money for the shooting victims and their families.
The page has already raised over $47,000 as of Monday afternoon — far surpassing his original goal of $15,000.
h/t: Media Matters