(All of my postings on the shootings at the Appalachian School of law are here.)
Lott has a [report of a conversation with Mikael Gross](http://scienceblogs.com/deltoid/cgi-bin/johnrlott.tripod.com/postsbyday/9-11-03.html) on his blog. In The Bias Against Guns Lott claims that Gross pointed his gun at Peter Odighizuwa:
Only two local newspapers (the Richmond Times Dispatch and the Charlotte Observer) mentioned that the students actually pointed their guns at the attacker.
So does Gross confirm that he pointed his gun at Odighizuwa? Nope. Does he confirm that Bridges pointed his gun at Odighizuwa? Nope. The best he can do is:
What Gross knew of the attack was “consistent” with Bridges’ statements, though Gross was unable to see Bridges during a good portion of the attack.
So, although Bridges claims that he pointed his gun at Odighizuwa, there are no witnesses who saw him doing it. We have eyewitness accounts from Mikael Gross, Ted Besen, Jody Mitchell, Robert Deatherage, Jack Briggs and Todd Ross and none of them say they saw Bridges point a gun at Odighizuwa.
This bit is interesting, too:
Gross never really personally knew Besen when they were both at the law school, but he did get to know Bridges through their membership in the Federalist society
That is the same Federalist Society that is pushing a pro-gun agenda by sponsoring a speaking tour by Lott. It seems that Bridges and Gross have political motives to make the most of the role defensive guns played in the shooting.
Lott continues to insinuate that Besen changed his story, waiting two months and then adding the detail about Odighizuwa putting his gun down before Bridges arrived. In fact, it is Bridges who has changed his story. In his first version, told to the Today Show, Bridges mentions his gun, but says nothing about pointing it at Odighizuwa. Besen’s story has not changed. He didn’t mention that Odighizuwa put his gun down before Bridges arrived, because that fact was not important until Bridges starting claiming to have pointed his gun at Odighizuwa and Bridges did not make that claim until later.