We need more Matt Wennerstroms



November 12, 2018 - 11:15 AM

With blood still on the sleeve of his shirt, Matt Wennerstrom describes the mass shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill. He says he threw a chair through a window allowing others to escape. ABC NEWS/TWITTER

This editorial will not mention the name of the man who allegedly opened fire in a country music bar in Thousand Oaks, Calif. Instead, we’d like readers to remember the name Matt Wennerstrom. The 20-year-old is a weekly regular at the Borderlilne Bar & Grill and says he thinks of other regulars there as family.

When the gunman started shooting on Wednesday night, Wennerstrom reacted swiftly. He gathered people behind a pool table and got them to crouch down: “…There was probably six or seven of us dog-piling over the girls that were beneath us.”

Then, when the gunman paused to reload, Wennerstrom seized his chance. He tossed a barstool through a window and, along with others, ushered about 30 to 35 people out. Then he and other rescuers leaped to safety.

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