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El Paso Victim to Mom Who Left Gun at Home on Day of Shooting: 'You Got to Be Kidding Me'

By: Teresa Mull

Christopher Grant, 50, was shot during the recent mass shooting at an El Paso, Texas Walmart. Before he started throwing bottles at the gunman in an attempt to distract him, Grant sought out his mother, who normally carries a firearm concealed.

Grant, a self-proclaimed "avid shooter," told CNN’s Chris Cuomo in an interview from his hospital bed:

"So I ran toward my mother to try to shield her and I’m like, mom — cause my mom, she’s a gun-wielding grandma. She carries a snub nose Smith & Wesson, .38 special with a built-in scope in it, everywhere she goes, but she did not have it on her.

"An hour before we went to Walmart, she decides, 'We’re just going to Walmart, I’m going to put it in my room.' So when I went to her, no gun. And I was like, 'Oh, my God, you got to be kidding me.'"

It’s interesting to note that CNN’s online version of the interview excludes the part where Grant talks about wishing his mother had had her gun that day. The CNN interview can be viewed here.

And the extended, pro-gun interview, captured by The Washington Examiner is here:

Teresa Mull is editor of Gunpowder Magazine. Contact her at teresa@gunpowdermagazine.com.

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