A True Hero Emerges From The Umpqua Community College Shootings

By Darren Smith, Weekend Contributor

Chris Mintz
Chris Mintz

The tragedy of the deaths and wounding of students and faculty of Umpqua Community College was without doubt a terrible event. We first and foremost must center our prayers and attention towards the victims and their families who have endured suffering and pain that we hope to never experience ourselves.

But if anything can be praised it is the police, emergency crews, and community members who took upon the risks and the responsibility to protect the victims and provide at least a measure of comfort to the survivors and those who did not make it. One person in particular truly caught my attention and I am sure everyone else as well. He is Chris Mintz, who undoubtedly saved several lives but as a result became one of the shooting victims himself.

His actions are truly heroic as you may certainly agree.


Chris Mintz was attending class at Umpqua Community College when he heard shots ring out in an adjacent room. Instead of running for safety, the ten year military veteran went toward the scene, directing people away from the danger. He found and walked toward the shooter, trying to prevent him from entering another classroom by blocking the doorway. He attempted to calm the shooter by talking to him and trying to buy time and life for the other students. Mintz certainly knew the great risk of facing this armed attacker alone and it did not go well for him.

Chris was hit multiple times from gunfire and went down. As the gunman walked toward him, Chris told his assailant that today was his son’s birthday. Showing no mercy his assailant shot him again.

In all Chris was shot seven times trying to protect others. Authorities credit Chris with delaying the shooter and in doing so likely saved numerous lives. Though exact details of the events are still in flux with reporting information, it is clear Chris Mintz’ actions were heroic and lifesaving.

Police arrived six minutes after the active shooter dispatch went out. Every second in distraction of the shooter helped law enforcement arrive and be able to more quickly confront the gunman, who then committed suicide.

A hospital spokesperson stated that Chris suffered hits to his hands, arms, back, stomach and both legs were broken. Despite this he is expected to recover but he will need extensive rehabilitation.

I cannot stress how brave his actions were and how inspiring his story can be for many.

His cousin sponsored a GoFundMe petition to help defray the costs of his medical bills. Social media took hold and contributions from seventeen thousand donors rapidly poured in. Initially ten thousand dollars was requested in the fund drive, but in the first twenty two hours over half a million dollars poured in from grateful citizens. It is certainly enlightening.


I have to stress that Chris Metz was not the only victim and that others suffered as much or worse as lives were tragically lost. Other victims now have similar pages started but have not yet garnered such large donations. Those also deserve contributions as well. Since it is only the beginning of such things I will at a later time attempt to compile a list of other victims’ pages or sources where funds may be directed in their direction.

UPDATE:Officials announced the shooter committed suicide during the shout-out with police.

By Darren Smith


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333 thoughts on “A True Hero Emerges From The Umpqua Community College Shootings”

  1. Max: Asperger’s is not a violent mental illness. Some of the most brilliant people I’ve known have had Asperger’s, and that includes astro physicists and engineers. Go to any science center of a university and you’ll find Asperger’s.

    You should never compare that with Adam Lanza, whose mother was a criminally negligent moron to buy her clearly violently disturbed son firearms.

    What an idiot. Her son played violent video games all day long, had violent fantasies, and had violent images plastered all over his room, and she placated his violent outbursts with providing him firearms.

    It is remarkably uninformed to insinuate that all mental illnesses are dangerous.

  2. Max:

    Here’s the difference. Guns are actually used for self defense and hunting. Those are some of their intended purposes. Those who fear or despise guns seem unaware of the real intent for firearms.

    For example, if I saw you running from a mob intent on murdering you for a hate crime, I would tell you to run into my house where I would protect you with my firearms. Just like my grandpa stopped a KKK mob with his. I wouldn’t tell you to run really fast and good luck.

    A drunk driver who miraculously doesn’t kill anyone is relying on sheer dumb luck.

    It wouldn’t be anecdotal if we kept data on each and every instance that a firearm was used for good. But we don’t. We don’t have a mandatory reporting every time you shoot a snake or a rabid animal. Or any other instance.

    Some police stations collect data but most do not. There is no consistency.

  3. Max-1
    1, October 8, 2015 at 2:35 am
    Karen S
    Thanks for that anecdotal example. Let me share one too…

    My brother is an alcoholic. Yet, he’s never had a vehicular accident because of his consumption.
    Therefore I too, can prove drinking and driving is safe. Because my family proved it out through my brother.


    For this comparison to work you’d have to believe an alcoholic driving drunk proves that no one should be allowed to own cars.

    Is this what you believe?

  4. David, LOL! a video people will actually watch and enjoy. I never watched that show, but he was obviously a great character.

  5. Karen S
    Thanks for that anecdotal example. Let me share one too…

    My brother is an alcoholic. Yet, he’s never had a vehicular accident because of his consumption.
    Therefore I too, can prove drinking and driving is safe. Because my family proved it out through my brother.


  6. Sorry,
    From the above article…

    She also opened up about her difficulties raising a son who used to bang his head against the wall, and said that both she and her son struggled with Asperger’s syndrome, an autism spectrum disorder. She tried to counsel others whose children faced similar problems. All the while, she expressed hope that her son could lead a successful life in finance or as a filmmaker.

    Bolding mine

  7. Oregon Killer’s Mother Wrote of Troubled Son and Gun Rights

    In an online forum, answering a question about state gun laws several years ago, Ms. Harper took a jab at “lame states” that impose limits on keeping loaded firearms in the home, and noted that she had AR-15 and AK-47 semiautomatic rifles, along with a Glock handgun. She also indicated that her son, who lived with her, was well versed in guns, citing him as her source of information on gun laws, saying he “has much knowledge in this field.”

    “I keep two full mags in my Glock case. And the ARs & AKs all have loaded mags,” Ms. Harper wrote. “No one will be ‘dropping’ by my house uninvited without acknowledgement.”

    It would be interesting to ask her if she still feels loaded weapons at home with a child/teen who’s mentally impaired.

    Remember Adam Lanza’s mom thought this casually, too. And paid for it with her life.

    Yes Karen S.
    Parents that buy their children lethal weapons should, too, be well trained.

  8. Combat Vets Destroy the NRA’s Heroic Gunslinger Fantasy
    The last thing a chaotic crime scene needs is more untrained civilians carrying guns.

    Retired Army Sergeant Rafael Noboa y Rivera, who led a combat team in Iraq, says that most soldiers only function effectively after they’ve been exposed to fire a number a times. “I think there’s this fantasy world of gunplay in the movies, but it doesn’t really happen that way,” he says. “When I heard gunfire [in Iraq], I didn’t immediately pick up my rifle and react. I first tried to ascertain where the shooting was coming from, where I was in relation to the gunfire and how far away it was. I think most untrained people are either going to freeze up, or just whip out their gun and start firing in that circumstance,” Noboa said. “I think they would absolutely panic.”

  9. Karen S
    “What about training being required to become a parent? ”
    = = =
    You know, you make a good point.

    Parents that buy their children guns… need training too!

  10. Yep. That eleven year old who killed the eight year old yesterday was obviously a Democrat in a – how did Karen put it? – high gun control city.

    Yep. And Roseburg has nothing but Democrats and gawd knows it’s a high gun control city – just like it was assumed by some here that it was a gun-free zone.

    Yep. And Sandyhook. Nothing but criminals there. Dr. Carson feels they should have fought harder.

  11. Max:

    I do think that training in firearms is a good idea. The NRA has some of the best training classes around on gun safety and use. Should it be mandatory?

    What about training being required to become a parent? Do you know how many preventable children’s deaths occur each year because of parental negligence? Prescription drugs or household poisons left out, feeding solid foods too young, not keeping choking hazards picked up, buckets of water or pools not fenced, not watching children when around bodies of water or other hazards…

    Oh, and did you know that my Grandfather singlehandedly stopped a KKK mob in its tracks with his shotgun? He would not stand aside, and none of those cowards with their hoods and torches was willing to die. And die they would. No one messed with Grandpa.

    Yet another life saving use of a firearm in my own family’s history…

  12. The highest murder rates occur in Democratically controlled, high gun control cities. This is because they are also high crime areas.

    Law abiding citizens who legally own firearms do not suddenly become crazed homicidal maniacs. Many countries with strict gun control laws also have higher murder rates than the US.

    Because gun control laws merely render the population helpless to defend themselves from armed criminals.

    Does anyone read the paper anymore? There are so many horrendous crimes people do against one another every single day. Murders. Rapes. Kidnapping. The list just goes on. There is a criminal element among our population that preys on others. Guns are intended to make everyone equal. A firearm can allow a woman to protect herself against a much stronger man bent on her murder. Like all those headlines of “crazed ex kills pregnant woman.” Does anyone think those headlines will go away without the guns? Does anyone think the actual crime rate will decrease?

    Do people care that much about the tool a criminal uses to wreak havoc, or do they care about the actual murder rate?

    Because if they cared about the murder rate, they would break the gangs. Gangs kill far and away more people than fame hungry crazy mass shooters, and yet how often do we hear about the headlines of little girls shot in their mom’s bedrooms while doing homework? Where are the marches for all the kids murdered by gangs? The solidarity? The we’re-not-going-to-take-it-anymore? The cute memes, slogans, and tee-shirts?

    HSK – great video. After I finished working, I swung by the library to use the wifi, and actually got to see an online video for a change. It brings up a lot of points that we gun owners keep trying to explain.

    The sad thing is, the true believers in the repeal of the 2nd amendment will likely not watch the video, investigate the data, or even be open to discussion.

    I get the knee jerk reaction of fear about firearms after these tragedies, or when we hear about gang shootings. But we have to learn all the facts and educate ourselves on the actual data. Because there are always those pesky unintended consequences of uneducated decisions…

  13. Oh. Forgot to add – I encourage those who are curious enough to read another analysis of Obama’s remarks on gun control on the Politifact link. I found it to be unemotional and thoughtful analysis. ‘Factual’ is more difficult to ascertain as there are too many unknowns and variables. Fortunately, Politifact points that out.

  14. Rick

    Another view regarding Obama’s remarks about gun control:

    Research shows that the more gun laws a state has, the fewer gun deaths there are. Obama gets some wiggle room because he said “tend to” as opposed to making a definitive statement.

    The problem is, however, that this is an overly general statement. The research doesn’t prove a universal cause-and-effect relationship between gun laws and fewer gun deaths; it might just be a correlation. Some laws are more effective than others, and other cultural, demographic or socioeconomic factors might be the driving force behind the number of gun deaths in different states.

    We rate Obama’s claim Mostly True

    Here is the Politifact link:

    Nick wrote:

    And to answer your question, because they are immoral, and immoral people will lie, cheat, and steal to get what they desire. They won’t read the piece by Volokh where he rips apart the blatant lies by their cult leader. If their leader is a Chicago pol liar, what else could we expect from his followers.

    Lie? Cheat? Steal? Immoral? Blatant Lies? Cult Leader? Chicago Pol Liar?

    Jeez. Written like an eighth grader running for class president.

  15. Rick, Thanks for putting the unemotional, logical, FACTUAL analysis by Volokh up here. And to answer your question, because they are immoral, and immoral people will lie, cheat, and steal to get what they desire. They won’t read the piece by Volokh where he rips apart the blatant lies by their cult leader. If their leader is a Chicago pol liar, what else could we expect from his followers.

  16. http://wkrn.com/2015/10/04/8-year-old-girl-dies-in-east-tenn-shooting-police-arrest-11-yr-old-suspect/

    “WHITE PINE, Tenn. (WATE) – A shooting Sunday morning in White Pine left an 8-year-old girl dead and an 11-year-old boy arrested on first-degree murder charges.

    Jefferson County Sheriff G.W “Bud” McCoig said the boy shot the girl in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun from inside his home along Robin Road. Sheriff McCoig added that the gun belonged to the boy’s father. The boy’s name is not being released at this time.

    According to her mother, Latasha Dyer, McKayla was found lying on the ground with a gunshot wound to her chest. She was taken to Morristown-Hamblen hospital, where she later died.

    Yet, nothing will change.

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