America's First Freedom - December 2014 - 40

MARK'S
RESPONSE
SAVED THAT
LADY'S
LIFE.
WORKPLACE VIOLENCE? The
fbi is still refusing to call the horrific
attack at Vaughan Foods on Sept. 25
an act of terrorism. And even though
the Cleveland County district attorney
is seeking the death penalty for
accused killer Alton Nolen, the district
attorney still calls the beheading of one
co-worker and stabbing of another an
isolated case of a disgruntled worker.
Yet many law enforcement officials,
and even some state legislators, couldn't
disagree more.
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"This was far more than workplace
violence," said Sheriff John Whetsel, of
neighboring Oklahoma County. "To
me, this was actually a statement that,
what we have seen on the national news
over the last few months with isis, it's
come home. Absolutely, it's come home."
Oklahoma State Rep. Dan Fisher,
a member of the Counterterrorism
Caucus of the Oklahoma Legislature,
doubled down on Whetsel's claims of
terrorism, also countering the fbi's
claims of workplace violence.
"We've watched the media," Fisher
said. "We've watched our own law
officials, [and] the people in the
community have actually said, 'Do they
think we're so stupid we can't connect
the dots?'
"This is obviously a terrorist
act. Now, we don't know whether
he's connected to another organized
terrorist group, but do you have to be
to be a terrorist? So our group in the
House of Representatives said, well,
'We're going to speak the truth. And
[we're] calling it what it is.'"
ATTACK IN MOORE The morning
of Sept. 25 was like many others
at Vaughan Foods in this bustling
Oklahoma City suburb. That is until
30-year-old Alton Nolen unleashed
unimaginable terror in the company's
warehouse and office complex.
Nolen, who had been released by
the company earlier in the day, stormed
through the company offices with a
knife. Shouting phrases in Arabic,
he killed and beheaded 54-year-old
grandmother Colleen Hufford. He then
began stabbing and slashing 43-year-old
Traci Johnson, who ultimately survived
the attack.
It was later revealed that Nolen was
an ex-convict who had served time for
possession of a controlled substance,
escaping confinement and resisting
an officer.
A HERO STEPS IN It appears the fbi

and some local officials will never agree
on whether the attack should be called
workplace violence or terrorism. What
everyone does agree on, however, is

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that a good guy with a gun stopped the
attack. And in doing so, he likely saved
more lives.
Nolen had already killed and
beheaded Hufford and was stabbing
Johnson when company ceo Mark
Vaughan, also a reserve sheriff 's
deputy, ran to his car, retrieved a rifle
and shot Nolen, stopping the attack
before Johnson could be further
wounded or killed.
"Mark's response saved that lady's
life," said Sheriff Whetsel. "Mark's
response saved other lives because he
[Nolen] wouldn't have stopped there,
and law enforcement wasn't present yet."
According to authorities, many
employees had already tried to thwart
Nolen's vicious attack. But those
unarmed co-workers were ineffective
against a madman with a knife.
"There were multiple attempts by
multiple people to stop this attack," said
Greg Mashburn, Cleveland County
district attorney. "They tried chairs.
They tried kicking."
But as Miles Hall, gun rights
advocate and owner of h&h Shooting
Sports in Oklahoma City, pointed out,
unarmed self-defense wasn't effective
in this case.
"Chairs are not a good defense
against a knife," Hall said. "A gun is a
good defense against a knife."
MOVING TOWARD CONCEALED
CARRY While Oklahoma has a

shall-issue concealed carry law and
many residents choose to carry firearms
for lawful self-defense, the attack at
Vaughan Foods in Moore-and more
specifically, an armed citizen stopping
the attack-has led to increased
discussion of concealed carry in the
workplace. In fact, some companies
that had formerly banned carry at work
appear to be on the verge of changing
their policies.
"I've gotten several calls from
businesses in the state-a local bank,
a hospital in the southwest part of the
state, a family-owned manufacturing
company," said Nathan Whatley,
an Oklahoma City labor and
employment attorney.

AP PHOTO/SUE OGROCKI

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