Maggie Gallagher

In 2002, at the Appalachian School of Law (one of the many smaller incidents we never hear of, or quickly forget because the body count is not high enough), a dean, a professor and a law student were killed, but the gunman was stopped by law students Tracy Bridges, Ted Besen, Mikael Gross and Rob Sievers(including two gun-bearing members of the Federalist Society). I want to remember the name of Jake Ryker (where is he now?), the high school wrestler in the 1998 Springfield, Ore., shooting who, unarmed and wounded, wrestled the gunman to the ground, saving who knows how many lives.

Why do they kill? Who cares? The explanation varies in the details, but the basic script is the same: They are men who choose murder to combat humiliation, to reign for a few ghastly moments in hell, rather than to serve in heaven.

How do some facing hell find the courage to act to stop it? That's what I want to know.

Maggie Gallagher

Maggie Gallagher is a nationally syndicated columnist, a leading voice in the new marriage movement and co-author of The Case for Marriage: Why Married People Are Happier, Healthier, and Better Off Financially.