Thursday, December 13, 2007

Hero Jeanne Assam Honored with the SAF Eleanor Roosevelt Award

The Second Amendment Foundation has honored hero Jeanne Assam with the Eleanor Roosevelt Award. Well deserved too. She truly is a hero who saved hundreds of lives this past Sunday. May God's blessings continue to rest upon her.

For Immediate Release: 12/12/2007

BELLEVUE, WA – For her remarkable display of heroism and courage under fire, the Second Amendment Foundation announced today that it will recognize Jeanne Assam, who confronted a gunman on Dec. 9 at the New Life Church shooting in Colorado Springs, with the Eleanor Roosevelt Award.

The Roosevelt award was created by SAF founder Alan Gottlieb, co-author of America Fights Back: Armed Self-Defense in a Violent Age. The award honors exceptional women who use firearms in self-defense and the defense of others. The award is named in memory of former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, who frequently carried a revolver for personal protection, even while she lived in the White House, and during the times that she campaigned in the South for civil rights.

“Jeanne Assam, an armed private citizen who volunteered to provide security at the New Life Church, was suddenly faced with a deadly emergency and without hesitation, disregarding her own safety, she rose to that challenge,” Gottlieb said. “By confronting a killer, Assam undoubtedly saved many lives.

“The news media, perhaps to try diminishing Ms. Assam’s bravery and the significance of her intervention, have revealed her dismissal as a Minneapolis police officer several years ago,” he added. “We concur with church Senior Pastor Brady Boyd, who observed that all of us have past experiences we may regret, and that she should not be ‘convicted or crucified for being a heroine.’ Today, the entire nation should be proud of Jeanne Assam, and grateful that her life’s path led from Minneapolis to Colorado Springs.

“Jeanne Assam did an incredibly brave thing under circumstances that could easily be described as above and beyond the call,” Gottlieb stated. “Every day in this country, armed private citizens defend themselves or others, frequently preventing or stopping crimes. Their actions go largely unrecognized and more frequently ignored by the press and public officials who would rather suppress the notion that Americans can fight back.

“We created the Eleanor Roosevelt Award to recognize the efforts of armed women who practice personal safety,” Gottlieb concluded. “In Jeanne Assam’s case, we are honoring a truly remarkable woman who placed herself in harm’s way for the safety of others. We are humbled by her good and noble deed.”

The Second Amendment Foundation ( is the nations oldest and largest tax-exempt education, research, publishing and legal action group focusing on the Constitutional right and heritage to privately own and possess firearms. Founded in 1974, The Foundation has grown to more than 600,000 members and supporters and conducts many programs designed to better inform the public about the consequences of gun control. SAF has previously funded successful firearms-related suits against the cities of Los Angeles; New Haven, CT; and San Francisco on behalf of American gun owners, a lawsuit against the cities suing gun makers and an amicus brief and fund for the Emerson case holding the Second Amendment as an individual right.


Rev. Donald Spitz said...

Jeanne Assam of New Life Church in Colorado Springs is currently hailed as a hero by most Christians because she shot the gunman that was on his way into the church to murder more people. This is correct, but consider, she is no different than Paul Hill who stopped a babykilling abortionist from murdering more people by shooting him.
Paul Hill is condemned and was put to death for the same thing.

Dustin said...

I am very much pro life in the sense that I feel all life is precious, even innocent babies growing in the womb. However, I have to strongly disagree with you in your statement that Paul Hill is like Jeanne Assam. You see, the crazy murderer that Jeanne shot in self defense was in the middle of the act of shooting people which is also very much illegal. She also commanded him to stop before she shot. The Doctor & his escort that Paul Hill murdered were not doing anything illegal, neither was the Doctor's wife who Paul also shot.

I know you feel that abortions are murders which is understandable (I have to agree with that - I've seen video of babies in the womb and they are very much alive), but the only way to get abortions stopped is to change the law. Going around killing innocent doctors who are only doing what the law tells them is ok is not the proper way to address the abortion issue.

Laughingdog said...

"but the only way to get abortions stopped is to change the law"

Actually, that's putting the cart before the horse. The only way to get abortions stopped is to change public perception of them. Only then would there be a chance to change the law. Unfortunately, public perception about abortion isn't likely to change until the media stops trying to hard to encourage everyone to have sex with as many people, and as often, as possible. Too many people just aren't willing to let go of their "safety net" for when their birth control doesn't work.

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