Many news outlets will report the name of the racist terrorist who took the lives of 20 people at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas on Saturday.
But we should instead honor a different name: Glendon Oakley, Jr.
22-year-old Oakley is an Army automated logistics specialist who was shopping inside the Cielo Vista Mall in El Paso when all of a sudden a young child ran into the store saying there was an active shooter at the Walmart nearby.
“The guy at the register and I sort of looked at each other,” Oakley told Task & Purpose. “He’s a little kid … are you going to believe him?”
Obviously the child was telling the truth. At least 20 people were killed and others were wounded when a man began shooting at the Walmart.
‘That’s What You Do. You Pull Your Gun…’
Oakley left the sporting good store he was in and went to a nearby Footlocker. There, he finally heard the gunfire and pulled out his the Glock 9mm he carried thanks to Texas’s concealed carry laws.
Oakley, who just returned from a deployment to Kuwait, explained to Task & Purpose, “That’s what you do. You pull your gun, you find cover, and you figure out what to do next.”
He grew up in a military family and after having a rough time at a young age, Oakley decided to enlist in the Army.
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I wasn't focused on myself, and I wasn't focused on my surroundings … I was just focused on those kids" https://t.co/Fp9MUbDuYM
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“Even though my parents were in the Army, nobody would give me the time of day,” he said. “There was one recruiter who didn’t give up on me. For two years, he didn’t give up.”
‘I Didn’t Even Think’
Before finding himself in the middle of Saturday’s tragic shooting, Oakley had been home from Kuwait for about four months. When some mall employees brought down the store’s metal security gate, they ran for the exits and Oakley followed, protecting them.
That’s when his group found a group of children in the mall’s play area, crying for their parents. Oakley said he tried to get bystanders to help, but they all ran away.
“I didn’t even think. I just grabbed as many kids as I could and ran five stores down to the exit,” Oakley said. “We got there and ran into a whole batch of police pointing their guns at us. I wasn’t focused on myself, and I wasn’t focused on my surroundings … I was just focused on those kids.”
Oakley admitted that despite his training, he was “scared for my life.”
‘What if That Was My Child?’
“I heard four kids died,” he said. “I wish I could have gotten more kids out of there. I wish those guys who ran would have stayed … I just think, what if that was my child? How would I want some other man to react?”
Thank you, Glendon Oakley, Jr. You are a true hero and this country could use more like you, especially in such dark and tragic times.
Thank you Army Spc, Glendon Oakley, Jr#Americanhero https://t.co/MpcBVhCE27
— Charles V Payne (@cvpayne) August 4, 2019
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So long as leftists tie government’s hands from interviewing people with suspected mental issues and restricting THEIR rights through due process of law, they can continue to claim that “guns are the problem.”
They are not. Leftists are the problem.
Where were the children’s parents? Did they abandon them?
Please compare this article with the below article from Honest Reporting. Maybe you can answer my question at the end?
“Exclusive: Gaza ‘Victim’ Exposed With His AK-47
BY SIMON PLOSKER AUGUST 5, 2019
Upon further examination, the story is even more problematic than we initially realized. Helm focused on Bilal Masoud, a 29-year old Gazan who sustained crippling injuries after being shot during violence at the border fence at the Great March of Return.”
The article goes on to show two photos of the stone thrower posing with AKs one with advanced sites and rails etc.
Does this look like an innocent protester armed only with a slingshot?
Masoud may not have been carrying an AK-47 automatic rifle when he was shot by the IDF. These images, however, put into context that he was clearly a dangerous man with ill intent towards Israel and capable of deadly violence had he managed to do more than cut the fence “a small bit……There is no doubt as to the man’s identity. Joe Truzman supplied Masoud’s ‘martyrs poster,”
Masoud, unable to live with his injuries and a lack of support from Palestinian authorities eventually commits suicide, setting himself ablaze with kerosene. Certainly a harrowing story and Helm clearly intends to elicit sympathy for Masoud who is consistently referred to by his first name throughout the piece.”
He’s a martyr? How come if I pose with a gun at an NRA shooting range liberals see me as a threat when the two shooters were this weekend past were democrats?
He was blessed by God to do the work of those who love others and care enough to help and save others even though he could have been shot himself.
Thank you PFC Oakley, Jr. Your actions saved lives.
If you’ll just think about this, a pattern is forming more now than ever, I didn’t want to believe that some of these things are being perpetrated to take our guns, but now i’m convinced that evil doesn’t care as long as it gets it way.
This is why you get a carry permit, But a gun and actually learn how to use it.
YES, Learn how to use it and learn gun safety.
Then have it with you “””ALL THE TIME”””
These evil monsters are all over and they do not mind killing people to get their name among the famous killers.
The news media makes celebrities out of these monsters. If it was not for this, I would never have heard of SPC Oakley jr.
But was the post 100% correct. Fake news built up the fake narrative about Trump being a racist, and responsible for these two left wing wackos. How much did they cover about these guys being leftist progressive socialist types? No too much Ronald. After this tragedy, the Democrats and Fake news were all ‘spewing’ the same identical talking points.
U clearly could be a poster book for Fox news. They taught u everything u just spewed along with dumbo Rush, of course.
Dems and the fake news media do not care about hero’s. They only care if it benefits them. Sickening
Thank you and God Bless You.
Strongly disagree. If one herding those children out of the mall, and he encountered the active shooter he could’ve shot back killing him, wounding him or making him retreat and run away.
Great action on the part of this young soldier, but it had nothing to do with his carrying a gun! His actions in herding those children to safety had no relationship to his concealed carry status. A totally unarmed person could have done the same things he did. Let’s not stre-e-e-t-ch so strongly to support something that had nothing to do with this brave young man’s heroism.
So you were Special Forces Green Beret. What was your MOS? I agree, advance never retreat. Cowards die a thousand deaths, a hero but once.
The irony most of u r caught between a rock and a hard place. Army Pfc. Glendon Oakley was out to save kids lives the best waY HE could. Out to save them from one of ur own a White supremacist Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, has been charged with capital murder in the mass shooting that left 22 people dead and more than two dozen wounded, according to court records. He is being held without bond. His own manifesto says that he is Trump driven.
Hero? BULLSHIITE! He wasn’t even in the store where the shooting was taking place. A true hero would have gone into the store and tried to find and confront the shooter, even at the sacrifice of his own life. The only reason that this guy is being applauded is because he’s black, plain and simple! There have been other true hero conceal carriers in past shooting incidents who actually helped stop the shooter but were NEVER mentioned, why?, because they were not a minority — they were a white, 2nd amendment supporting man!
What did the first responders in NYC do when the twin towers were hit? They ran to the “confrontation”, not away from it! Did they usher people out of the building? Yes, but they also continued to advance back into the building for more, KNOWING that their lives were at risk!
Being a “NAM SOG Vet”, what would you have done? Grab kids and run for the exit, or “never run only advance” (as you claim)? De oppresso liber (22 year SF vet)!
I Live in Florida and Arizona Part time I carry Licensed both places and am NAM SOG Vet and will never run only advance. It is just a shame that Oakley could have not done more he is still a HERO
And just like our liberal media, you confuse facts with fiction. I did not call you stupid. I said clearly that your opinion is stupid. But, why would facts matter to you. It clearly shows in the video that people like me would be arrested for simply not turning in my AR that sits in my closet. I have it more out of nostalgia, just like my Beretta side arm I carried while serving. If he was president, he says he would not only outlaw my rifle, but prosecute me for not surrendering to his seizure.
What’s next on your list, my Beretta holds 17 rounds, and the magazine can be dropped and reloaded in seconds, is that next on your list, I mean it’s black and scary looking just like an AR!
A Glock 17 has the ability to fire at rates of up to 1,200 rounds per minute. In addition to seventeen round magazines, Glock also manufactures thirty-three- round magazines that fit in the magazine well of most nine-millimeter Glocks, THAT’S MORE ROUNDS THAN THE STANDARD AR-15!
And again, law abiding citizens around this country own Glocks , AR’s and even tanks, and you were not even aware of it, they impose no danger to you. But, because you don’t agree, there either “some nut case or some fanatical group” to you.
Actually, the majority are wealthy well to do history buffs who maintain these items from our history, but you prejudge.
Again, the guy only wants to prosecute those not turning in assault rifles, not every kind of rifle, so you didn’t call out anything except once again misrepresent what was actually said in the video. Great, so some nut case or some fanatical group can actually own an operational tank. Just because there’s a law that allows it, doesn’t mean it should be. Just another law that needs to be changed. I noticed you resorted to name calling me “stupid,” since I was only voicing my opinion. It doesn’t make this anymore of a “great country” by doing that, but you have that “inalienable right” to do so, that I do believe in, because my take on that is “assault rifles and tanks may break my bones (and possible kill hundreds of people in mere seconds), but words will never hurt me.
No, this was just the first of many videos that come up when you google a search about politicians wanting to ban or confiscate our firearms, which you said was “fake news.” I noticed that you didn’t comment on the part of the video that talks about criminally prosecuting us for not participating in turning in your rifle.
I am now going “overboard”, why because I called you out on your comment. We were talking about “assault” rifles, so I posted a video about that, not my best, or the lastest, or anything else. Just staying on topic, and since you want to talk about tanks, sure let’s go there.
“A tank in the U.S. can have operational guns, if the owner has a federal Destructive Device permit, and state laws don’t prohibit it. … Tanks generally aren’t street-legal, so owners usually drive them off-road or on other private property-WSJ
So yes, in this great country of ours, there’s a couple of inalienable rights, one is yes, you can actually own a tank, the other is to have a stupid opinion, which you have.
For the fun of it, I went and watched your video, which I assume is the best you could come up with, and it seems to make my point more than it refutes it. The Democrat, of which the video is about, is talking about “only” banning “assault” rifles, and not “all out banning weapons,” as you stated. In this case, I suppose I would have to “accuse you of propaganda and preying on emotions.” Again, as you stated.
You’re just going overboard. I certainly wouldn’t want my neighbor to be able to buy a working Sherman tank just because he feels he has the right to have “a well regulated militia, that means members of society, civilians, who are trained and up to date on equipment , techniques,” as you state. You probably even feel he shouldn’t have a background check to buy one? Our forefathers had no idea how extreme our weapons would become. I only mentioned hunting as another reason that many gun enthusiasts seem to feel everyone should have access to assault rifles. Hence, the reason I used the word “either.”
You say you have nothing against people owning guns, but then say what type we shouldn’t own, how much capacity we are allowed, and accuse us of propaganda and preying on emotions…
First, the 2nd Amendment says nothing about hunting.
“A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.”
It’s people like you who think our forefathers actually sat down to put into writing our right, our God given right, to go hunting.
Are you serious? Are you confused with Robin Hood having to steal from Sherwood forest to feed his merry men against the king and our forefathers of this country who had to fight for there freedom against there totalitarian government.
Think about the first 4 words, A well regulated militia, that means members of society, civilians, who are trained and up to date on equipment , techniques etc.
Did you even know they had semi-automatic weapons before 1776, check out The Cookson, The Kalthoff repeater & the Belton repeater. These were the AR’s and AK’s of the day and Washington wanted these back then, but they were to expensive.
Secondly, how many links do you want me to attach of actual members in local, state and federal government making comments about gun seizure, confiscation and all out banning weapons. Here’s one, though I don’t expect you to watch it.
Man, you have some serious “basic necessities” in your home…LOL! Just don’t use your words to “assault” my intelligence and my wish to express my opinions.
RedG…..I think the word “assault” is the most overused word today….now, excuse me while I eat lunch with my “assault” fork. I’ve already used my “assault” soap in the shower.
True, I wasn’t responding to the article specifically, but to some comments made about gun rights. I agree with you for example, that if everyone starts pulling out their guns, the police may not know who the real shooter or defender is.
I didn’t see that this article mentioned that the Sgt owned an assault rifle, just that he CC. The point CriCri made was that this fact had little to do with him saving the children. In fact, brandishing it in this situation could have gotten them all killed by the police, who had no idea who he was and why he had a bunch of kids that didn’t belong to him.
I have to admit I hunt with a 243 and the magazine holds three rounds. I don’t recall ever needing to use the second round on game.
I have nothing against people owning guns, I just don’t think ordinary people need assault rifles with high-capacity magazines. Sorry, but when you say people “want to take away your guns, and 2nd Amendment rights, you’re just spreading “fake news,” and praying on people’s emotions without stating the full facts. Assault rifles have no place in true sport hunting either.
Thank you BROTHER OAKLEY FOR YOUR UNSELFISH ACTIONS. I PRAY MANY MORE WOULD SHOW THE LOVE YOU DID. AND QUIT LOOKING AT EVERYTHING ELSE TO DIVIDE US. LOVE CONQUERS ALL THINGS.
if the Socialist Commie Dems and some Republicans insist on taking the 2nd Amendment and shredding it ..We will have more of this kind of massacres, burglaries , murders ,, The innocent will have no protection period
No doubt there is more mental illness in this country and most gun homicides are suicides. But deadly violence of all sorts has occurred since the dawn of mankind.
Hardly. For example:
US citizens have had guns since the founding of our country. If guns were the problem, we should have two hundred plus years of these mass shootings. But we don’t. The first mass shooting, if you discount the mafia and Al Capone having illegal weapons, was Columbine in 1999. Growing up, we never had these issues. In fact, we could bring our BB guns to school for “Show and Tell”. The problem is society is breaking down and evil people, fueled by legal and illegal drugs, are running rampant. That is why you need to protect yourself with a conceal carry weapon.
Congrats to this fine young man who helped save those kids and shame on those who ran away and didn’t help him.
“Ur completely unaware gun violence killed 21 people.”
Apart from your poor grammar, of course nobody is aware that gun violence killed 21 people. That is because no gun ever committed an act of violence at any time in history, nor is it likely to.
People go crazy. That is why honest citizens need to be armed at all times. Gun control laws have never been effective at reducing violence, only at making more people victims. A vote for gun control is a vote for violent criminals.
I would ask you to show us exactly how it is that President Trump incited, directed, pushed for this person to commit the horrendous act. Not any of the wishy-washy double talk, twisting of words that people such as yourself are constantly pushing.
Mr Oakley is indeed a hero, and did an amazingly incredible job at saving lives. May God continue to bless your life.
It is my opinion that the constant publicizing of the offenders name, photo’s and manifesto’s by the media as well as others like yourself are only adding fuel to the fires that are already stewing in other’s troubled mind. While I totally agree with holding memorials for victims, the constant media coverage is actually doing communities a total dis-service
O, yea, and this is what he look like.
Ur completely unaware gun violence killed 21 people. Army Pfc. Glendon Oakley saved children lives and should not be used for ur own ideology. An ideology wrapped in hate and obsession with guns. Plan and simple Oakley is a true hero and if he had no gun he would still have done the same thing. If a cop had stopped him for something and shot him for having a gun u would have hailed the cop. Oakley told NBC News he ran outside to the parking lot and guided as many kids as he could to safety. “I hope nothing happened to the kids. I tried to pick up as many as I could and bring them out with me.”
This wall mentioned nothing about gun violence in r schools and other public places done by White supremacist filled with hate for immigrants. A hate driven by donald Trump. I notice no mention of Trump’s inciting this attack from his podium at his hate filled rallies. U didn’t even get the name of the White supremacist murder. Let me help u White supremacist Patrick Crusius, 21, of Allen, Texas, has been charged with capital murder in the mass shooting that left 22 people dead and more than two dozen wounded, according to court records. He is being held without bond.
The screed shows he had an encyclopedic knowledge of real-life guns, posted to a community of white nationalists, and wrote about doing this as part of a cause against immigration.”
U haven’t even been able to see White supremacist Patrick Crusius manifesto. let me show u that.
Thank you Army SPC Oakley Jr. for your bravery in helping the adults and most of all the Children that you got out. I wish that all businesses here in Texas would allow the Concealed Gun permits be allowed in all stores but they don’t. As for those chicken lily livers that ran and did not help live with the fact children died because they ran live with the fact they could have been saved by them. It seems the Military retirees and Military personnel know what to do in a situation that involves guns and evil. Again Thank You for what you did. I am a Veteran so is my husband and we would have done what you did. We need more people like you.
Gun Free Zones are “Fish in a Barrel”. I believe some conceal carry people STILL carry their guns for personal defense in Gun Free Zones. The fact the gun is concealed, means no one knows you are carrying, unless you pull your gun.
Humm… Witch hunts were no long enforced due to being based on a child’s testimony.
So why were the pedophile, I mean witch hunts, ended??
I don’t know about that Walmart but most Walmarts seem to allow concealed carry. Incidentally, I have told my family that if I am killed in a fun-free zone to sue the organization for $15 million because they first disarmed responsible citizens and then failed to provide protection for their customers.
And you choose to ignore the obvious. This guy wasn’t even in the Walmart, and yes he DID run out of the mall, with the kid(s).
The article says, [When some mall employees brought down the store’s metal security gate, they ran for the exits and Oakley followed, protecting them.That’s when his group found a group of children in the mall’s play area, crying for their parents. Oakley said he tried to get bystanders to help, but they all ran away.
“I didn’t even think. I just grabbed as many kids as I could and ran five stores down to the exit,” Oakley said.]
Maybe if you fools would actually read what happened instead of immediately forming an opinion – so ask yourself, why weren’t any of the other people in the group he was with lauded as being heroes????? You just don’t get what the media is doing!
Why do you feel the need to turn this into a “race issue”? The fact that he is black has absolutely nothing to do with this—- NOTHING!!! He comforted a young boy & didn’t run out of the mall – turning his back on a frightened child.
I could care less if he’s black, white, green or pink w/ purple polka dots.
Your comment is why this country is so divided! Shame on you!
Bravery? BULLSHIITE! He wasn’t even in the store where the shooting was taking place. A true hero would have gone into the store and tried to find and confront the shooter, even at the sacrifice of his own life. The only reason that this guy is being applauded is because he’s black, plain and simple! There have been other true hero conceal carriers in past shooting incidents who actually helped stop the shooter but were NEVER mentioned, why?, because they were not a minority — they were a white, 2nd amendment supporting man!
I think we should focus on what Mr Oakley DID not “what if” he had been in Walmart.
Let’s not lose sight of his bravery.
“Gun free zone” signs are only good for anti-gun political purposes. Those who post them, get that “fuzzy-lefty” feeling, that “We’re doing our part against gun violence”, until some a-hole comes in shooting at customers. Unless there’s a specific statute making me a felon, I ignore those signs on businesses and conceal carry…if I’m caught, where I live, they can only ask me to leave and I do…God knows I don’t want them to have nightmares, or my money. I don’t think this Oakley guy would have disarmed over a sign. One business in my neighborhood was putting two page adds in an NRA magazine, but had “No weapons allowed” on their stores door. I wrote the company and kindly called them hypocrites…the signs are gone and I continue shopping there.
The fact that he acted and helped children is great. However, he wasn’t at the Walmart where the shooter was – at least as far as all reports have been given. Had he been there, he would have been able to take him out and actually save lives. But… we’ve now learned that Walmart is a gun free zone which meant he wouldn’t have had it with him to start with.
Straw man. Was there meant to be a point to this?
http://concealedcarrykillers.org/mass-shootings-committed-by-concealed-carry-killers/ Works both ways.