Two hours after Giffords left the room, Kelly spoke about the 33-round magazine Jared Lee Loughner emptied into his wife and 19 other people at a Tucson shopping center two years ago.
"He unloaded the contents of that magazine in 15 seconds," the Navy aviator and retired astronaut said.
"The first bullet went into Gabby's head. Bullet No. 13 went into a 9-year-old girl."
Christina Taylor Green. Born on Sept. 11. The youngest of the six dead.
When Loughner tried to reload his Glock 9mm with another 33-round magazine, he dropped it and was promptly tackled by the few bystanders left standing.
At some point he stopped shooting, either because the Bushmaster jammed or he made an error reloading it, giving six children the opportunity to escape.
Two mass shootings in as many years where lives were saved when the shooter finally had to stop shooting.
It's been said that the Aurora AR-15 jammed due to the drum magazine... but not before he shot nearly 30 rounds from it (many idiots like to make claims that high capacity mags actually hinder a shooter). He then switched to a Glock which had high capacity magazines. He shot or wounded 70 people.
[EDIT] More people saved when a shooter had to reload... but our resident irrational gun nuts will NEVER EVER concede that magazine capacity is an issue and that we could save lives with a reasonable limit on mag capacity.
When Kinkel's rifle ran out of ammunition and he began to reload, wounded student Jacob Ryker tackled him, assisted by several other students.
AUSTIN (AP) - A man who fired several shots outside the Texas Capitol was trying to reload his weapon when police confronted him and tackled him to the ground.
Witnesses said the gunman was tackled by math teacher David Benke as he apparently attempted to reload his high-powered rifle.
A parent who saw the incident told 7NEWS that the gunman kept mumbling to himself, "I'm fighting for freedom. I'm fighting for freedom," as he was being taken down.
The alleged shooter, 26-year-old Aaron R. Ybarra, was allegedly jumped by student building monitor Jon Meis after he shot three students and tried to reload the long gun...
Ferguson had emptied two 15-round magazines during the shooting. While reloading his third magazine, somebody yelled, "Grab him!"Passengers Michael O'Connor, Kevin Blum and Mark McEntee tackled Ferguson and pinned him to one of the train's seats.
Lampert saw the 9mm pistol, and observed the man drop an ammunition clip as he attempted to reload. "He said, 'I'm going to … kill you,'" Lampert said Saturday. "We made eye contact, and I took off after him. I just kind of dumped him."
Lampert was the first tackler among a group of men who subdued Steven Zegrean, 51, of Las Vegas, accused of wounding four people in a random fusillade of bullets early Friday morning at the New York-New York casino.
Construction worker Carlos Partida, who was remodeling the school kitchen in the beachside community 30 miles north of San Diego, said he saw a man jump over the school fence and start firing a gun at children. He said the gunman appeared to be reloading and trying to leave the scene when Partida jumped in his truck and rammed the man, knocking him down.
"My reaction was to get him. Get him away from the kids," he said. Partida, 30, of Chula Vista, said he and two other construction workers held the gunman down and kept the weapon away until police arrived.
Partida said the gunman, who was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt and black pants, had been screaming incoherently. Authorities later discredited initial reports that the gunman was ranting about President Obama.
The angry gunman invaded the Knoxville church on Sunday and began blasting away as more than 200 parishioners were packed inside to watch a children's performance of the musical "Annie."
Adkisson was tackled by church members when he paused to reload while terrified church members ducked beneath pews or ran screaming from the church.
On February 13, 2005, Robert Bonelli Jr. of Glasco, New York, entered the mall with a Hesse-47 assault rifle and began firing it inside the Best Buy located at the mall. Bonelli, aged 24, caused a panic as employees and shoppers began to flee the mall. Bonelli moved into the mall corridor and continued firing his weapon until he ran out of ammunition, to which he promptly dropped his gun. At that point, a mall employee grabbed his gun, while another tackled Bonelli.
Not a reload, but another opportunity to tackle a gunman due to a jam.
Fred Winters, the pastor of the First Baptist Church, was shot and killed during the 8 a.m. service, and the attacker and two church members suffered knife wounds in the attack, authorities said.
The gunman's .45-caliber pistol jammed after he shot Winters, Trent said. The man then pulled out a knife before being tackled by some of about 150 worshippers attending the service in southern Illinois, near St. Louis, Missouri.
Identified by students as first-year social studies instructor Megan Silberberger, the teacher ran into the cafeteria and managed to restrain Jaylen’s arms, possibly while he was reloading, KIRO reported. The gun went off again, killing the twisted teen.
“I heard a loud bang. I didn’t know what it was,” said Jordan, who sat beside his girlfriend during the shooting. “I heard four or five more and I heard people screaming. I just dropped to the floor. . . . I could feel the bullets almost shaking my body from the noise.”
When Jaylen paused to reload, Jordan bolted.
Maybe if I find one or two more examples of reloads saving lives, the gun nuts will listen to reason.
Oh, who am I kidding?!