This was absolutely beautiful, scary, and inspirational.

ABC News published what they described as “stunning surveillance footage captured the moment a high school coach in Oregon disarmed a student with a shotgun and then held him in his arms.”  

Their description was accurate… and it might even bring a tear or two to your eyes.

Here’s what happened.  Angel Granados-Diaz, a student at Parkrose High School, pulled out a shot gun in class on May 17th.  A football and track and field coach named Keanon Lowe disarmed the would-be shooter.  Though original reports were that the coach wrestled him to the ground, that was far from what truly happened.

When the police released the school’s surveillance footage, the public finally got to see the emotional moment.

The school’s video surveillance footage shows the coach disarming the student, then hugging him for at least a minute in the hallway as they wait for the police to show up.  At some point, the student appears to want to pull away from the coach, but the Coach Lowe pulls him back into the embrace.

Then the cops arrived, they took Granados-Diaz into custody. Portland Police Sergeant Brad Yakots told ABC News, “This was a best-case scenario. The staff members from all accounts did an excellent job.”

How wonderful for this potentially deadly situation to have been handled in such a courageous and loving way.  Coach Lowe is a true hero.

See the stunning video below:

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.