The man who stopped the knife yielding lunatic at the Crossroads Center mall in St. Cloud, Minnesota, on Saturday has been identified as Jason Falconer, an NRA-certified firearms instructor and avid 3-gun competitor. You’re welcome, gun control advocates.

Jason Falconer is the former police chief of Albany Police Department and works part-time as an officer for the Avon Police Department, but Falconer’s shooting background goes much deeper than that. To call Jason, who was off-duty at the time, just a “police officer who can shoot well,” would be an understatement of massive proportions. You can check out Falconer’s bio at Tactical Advantage, LLC.

In short, it talks about how Jason has attended some of the best firearms training schools in the United States, and is continuously researching and developing new methods for firearms training.

Take a closer look, and you will see that Jason’s actions on Saturday were heroic, and a great example of why he has such a strong passion for what he does. Falconer is a firearms instructor who emphasizes the most realistic training methods possible, and he wants all of his clients who train with him to be prepared for an occurrence exactly like the one he faced that day: ready to stand up to an attacker at any moment, or secure the safety of their family at home or in public.

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50 thoughts on “Minnesota Mall Attacker Taken Out by Good Guy With a Gun

  1. Liberal imbeciles: “Another rogue, racist cop that went on a ‘shooting spree.’ He needs to be arrested & thrown in prison, or worse.”
    I’m sure this officer will receive death threats(I hope nothing more) and hate mail.
    Something very wrong going on in this country lately.

      1. yes paranoid anti gun freaks like you, you small piece of democrap. it is really scary listening to how paranoid you are of the people with guns and the criminals well they are not the problem it is the gun owners and the nra, right?? yes this nation needs to be fixed but not by your type by our type. it really must scare you folks that someone not a politician is giving the party and even the repubs that want business as usual a run for their money.

      2. Not panicky, but realisticly(and sarcastically) portraying the now stereotyped reaction of the BLM, and other Leftist idiots.

  2. So a well trained police officer. Not exactly a average Joe with a gun that may or not practice at least once a month and with no experience in how to handle a dangerous situation like this one. That’s why we have trained police and not some Joe blow that plays cops and robbers.

    1. Most gun enthusiasts put more time in hoaning their skills than the average police officer. To a police officer a gun is just part of their job but to a gun enthusiast it’s an enjoyable pastime and a passion. This gentleman is probably an exception being that he is both an officer and an enthusiast where as the average “gunny” is the latter and not to be dismissed as inadequate in an emergency.

      1. News flash, “most gun enthusiasts’ cannot afford to practice, so that is why we need strict qualification shooting and law, guns safety and perhaps eye checks, to carry… you know, kind of same rules and such done in hunter safety course.

      2. you are anti gun and i am sure you will vote hillawitch666. you seem totally ignorant of the pres selling gun to known criminals illegally. you say i have no facts sticking up for that piece of democrap. you want sensible gun controls when in reality there is nothing sensible about it especially the national registration except to know where to go and get the gins. you sir are a danger to this country, you and all your anti gun freaks. paranoid about someone with a gun unless it is your body guards or you. of course the elite can have them the rest can go and just take their meds until they are killed by your idiotic measures. the very first step to confiscation is registration through out history. just ask australia, and how their crime rate is skyrocketing with their sensible gun laws. news flash we try and pratice as much as we can we enjoy it, it is not a job, it is a love, which you do not have chuckie the horror show.

      1. I don’t understand the point of your question. The police was the one trained and present at the time of attack. Just like the military once trained always duty ready. I know as one who spent 21 years in the military.

      2. it is hard to understand people that take logic, would you like me to explain it to you?? where were the police, you know the ones on duty, get it??? i will try and explain it better to you if you really need it, poor child.

      3. so you were an english major huh??? well i admit engish was my worst subject, but i will match my education with yours any day. a degree in ME science get it??? and went into the MBA program, business. so for those that have to have perfect english i guess i am not your man. now, if you want logic which you certainly have none then maybe you should try and follow through my bad english. maybe you would learn something. your type without logic just try’s to degrade others to make your self feel better. i am sorry you have such a low opinion of your self, but you got it right. just because you can form a sentence, does not mean you are not ignorant, you being a perfect example of such.

        so only those with top training should provide medical care to injured or try and protect themselves or others, WTF??? you have a high regard for yourself just no one else, take there guns they do not have proper training. if their english is not perfect don’t allow them to speak. logic my dear friend logic which maybe you should have taken some sciences. i personal will listen to everyone and while some are full of bs such as you i find i can learn something from all most anyone.

        now obviously my explanation of fast and furious while not proper english is the way the democraps work. like i said i am not a fan of either party but the anti gun, disarm policies of the democrapic platform have destroys any good feelings i had for the party, which were not many. you eat an elephant one bite at a time. do you really think we are that stupid?? you see that is your down fall. these types of actions will fool a lot of people for a while but in the end almost everyone will know your agenda. your new world order dictatorship will fail even if you succeed in the short term. it has happened through out history and it will happen again. your FN government has set us up for the greatest depression the world has ever seen with actions that have never worked and they are still following them. keep it from happening until our FN killer leaves office to make his legacy. his legacy is a killer that will kill with guns to take the guns. play the sympathy card.

        why does he want the guns now??? the crime rate has been falling since the early 90’s. seems to me we are headed in the right direction except those places with the strictest gun control, why do you think that is??? so let us try something we already know does not work, right??? i really can not help you, your logic is in the democraper. now i could care less whether you read this or not , some folks may and start to think the brain washing being done is crap, understand??? i would rather see us trying to climb out of this crap hole our government has got us in and hillawitch666 is not the answer by an means, get it??? i know trump cannot stop this greatest depression coming, but i would rather have a business man in there then a crooked politician that is worse then obum bum, the killer of people to further his illogical gun control. he is trying to give control of the internet to the UN, WTF??? the democraps can only muster criminal killers for office???? WTF!!! the agenda seems it is going toward the new world order. i like my freedom, i like being able to make my own decisions, not some elite with an agenda. so F U tony, pull your head out from between your legs and smell the crap, it will do you some good. VOTE TRUMP VOTE TRUMP VOTE TRUMP AND PUT THOSE OTHER F ERS IN JAIL TO SAY THE LEAST!!!!!

        YOU OBVIOUSLY DO NOT LIKE MY LOGIC OF FAST AND FURIOUS BUT IT IS SOUND and could not have happened any other way. those folks do not care about anyone but their agenda and that is total control and a lot of us will not stand for it, and -me- thinks you are in for a big fight. i cannot think of a better way to give my life then to fight for the second amendment, so send them my way i do not mind. you piece of democrap

      4. You don’t need to use so many words to prove you’re stupid. By the way, no one wants your life or your nonsense. Good night.

      5. Wrong! A citizen was present and took care of the problem. He was not there in the capacity of an active police officer performing his duties. I served 25 years in the military and if I had performed the same service as this guy, it would not have a damned thing to do with my military service.

      6. You need to learn to read and understand what is written. “Jason Falconer is the former police chief of Albany Police Department and works part-time as an officer for the Avon Police Department, but Falconer’s shooting background goes much deeper than that. To call Jason, who was off-duty at the time, just a “police officer who can shoot well,” would be an understatement of massive proportions.”

      7. I don’t care what Falconer is or was. He was there in his capacity as a normal everyday person. He carries and came to the aid of the people that needed it and ended the threat. Still not there as a police officer. I can read and comprehend just fine.

      8. Well, if you don’t care why are you trying paint a police officer as just a normal everyday person which doesn’t make much sense. If an off duty doctor was at an accident and gave medical aid would you still think of him as a normal everyday person. No, because he is a professional just like the police officer, on duty or not, he uses is training and skills.

      9. Can’t see the facts can you. Must be because you are projecting yourself in his place. Good luck with that dream.

      10. Sorry to tell you this but this is not my dream. I would like skate through life without ever encountering this situation. Yes, I carry, but am certainly not looking to be a hero.

    2. tell that to the next crazy while he is killing you, i am sure he will understand. this is not a game with us. it is called a life of death situation, get it?? i guess you won’t and will vote for a criminal. it does not matter how many people end up dead by getting or trying to get rid of guns does it??? just as obum bum selling guns to criminals, right???

      1. You are some kind of stupid. I never said anything about getting rid of guns. As for the rest of your made up crap go play with someone as stupid as you.

      2. ahhh chuckie the horror show is here to give us his anti gun views. nothing constructive just name calling. oooooh you are scary chuckie.

      3. there is nothing anti gun in my views, own several guns, hand-load for all and I do note that you cannot respond to the facts.. so as before, will shut off to your childish somewhat paranoid posts… And really hope you get your meds in line with your problems… Good luck in your quest for what ever short comings are part of you life, and as before, you are an embarrassment to sane gun owners..

      4. you chuckie are paranoid. gives us some content instead of trying to down anyone with a pro gun view. you must have very low self esteem to have to try and put everyone down to try and make yourself seem more important. you might have guns you might reload but you have no logic. all your answer seem to be go take your meds. where is you content. i’ll tell you you have none. no logic just tell someone to go take their meds. well sir go sit on the toilet and get rid of some of the crap coming out of your mouth. you are the one that had to jump in to a conversation that had nothing to do with you. go build your ego somewhere else looser.

      5. sane gun owners, well chuckie you sound a lot like up chuckie. you own guns, ok. can i have an ar 15 with 30 round mags? can i have a 50 round mag for my semi auto pistol? do you believe in a national gun registry?? are you going to vote for hillawitch666??? or chuckie, do you believe that a bolt action is all that we need and no mags over 10 rounds???? give us your views.

        you say i need meds, and yes i do, but not to calm me down. i do have problems from stage 3 cancer, but that is my burden and i won’t go into it with the likes of you. you say i have no proof hillawitch666 and billy the cigar dipping rapist brought so much cocaine into this country and obviously have ties to the cartel, where do you think they got it from?? a lot more then can be explained by coincidence, people dying around them especially ones that could harm them publicly, even kids from their importation of coke. check the internet. you can say it is just rumors, but it was the iran contra crap, you democrap.

        now our pres sold guns to known criminals, and you say that is a rumor also??? where have you been these last 5 years under sorros roof??? let me explain it to you all though you have an agenda and it will not matter, but some might find it interesting. OK???? let us begin.

        the atfe who i might add is or was under holder, told the border gun shops to sell the guns they called them about to know criminals, that they had an investigation going on. now around the same time the national media was saying the border gun shops were selling guns to straw buyers. boy did they stop that after officer TERRY, bless his family, was killed by one of the 2 sks found at the seen. the border shops were told to sell them by the ATFE remember, they called and were concerned about it but did as instructed, get it?? i am trying to keep this chronological. so, the ATFE never followed the guns, they let them walk. after Mr. Terry’s death obum bum came out and said neither he nor holder knew anything about this plain. remember holder is over the ATFE, right??? this plan supposedly was to follow these
        SKS to the heads of the cartel, you know hillawitch666’s people. now do you really think the heads of the cartel who i might add have more money then god are going to have semi autos around them. let me answer it for you, they have full autos from europe and china brought through south america. so that explaination is crap. those guns are still killing people in the US and mexico and the death toll is in the thousands. of course the media has said nothing since the border shops are selling guns illegally to criminals, which they were under the direction of the AFTE, get it???? let us assume obum bum and holder knew nothing about this, boy that is stretching it. why wouldn’t an anti gun pres want to get to the bottom of this horrible illegal activity??? they should have investigated it and prosecuted those involved. that did not happen, some where transferred and i bet money some have been promoted by now. you know, you have to pay off your flunkies. not only was there not an investigation, holder blocked the people wanting the information through the FOIA. in fact holder was order by an appeals court to release the info and resigned 2 days later. so up chuck, why did our pres and holder block the investigation?? of course holder will take the fall for our FN pres, but we know where it came from. OUR PRES SELLING GUNS ILLEGALLY TO KNOWN CRIMINALS. WHY, WELL THERE IS ONLY ONE LOGICAL CONCLUSION, SO HE COULD PLAY THE SYMPATHY CARD SOME MORE, WITH THE DEATHS HE CAUSED. THE END JUSTIFIES THE MEANS. the only problem was we found out about it. so up chuck who are you voting for??? donald duck or hillawitch666, who will destroy the second amendment with one appointment and she might have 3 to the supreme court. it is now a 4 to 4 decision with the passing of one of them that you have the right to own a gun, i guess you know that, don’t you up chuck??????????????

    3. hey lib….not everyone is a snowflake like you….in fact, most of us shoot better than the average police officer…just ask them.

  3. Tony, you are 150% right on as to compare a guy with firearm profession to those prancing about with gun, whom in way to many states never have to fire one shot of less then twenty-five, nor required to be attend class and be trained in gun laws, gun safety, not even a eye check as to be able to see and shoot, well comparing them to this guy is VW to F1. We can only wish that sane gun laws for any type of carry were on the books, and even a four year of such requal. but nra-guns/ammo folks making record profits would not enjoy that bit of reality.. Seems way to many prancing about with guns feel they are same quals as this guy, a rather destructive and dangerous self image to us all and a scary thing for sane gun owners. I am all for carry, but only if real sane requirements to qualify on the books. Not explained by the any gun for any one folks, how come in many states a mandatory hunter gun safety course required to obtain lisence, yet none even close for handguns which require even more time to master then shotgun or longgun?

    1. sir you are anti gun trying to sound pro gun. yea, only give the guns to those that have money and influence. so a few a killed that is just collateral damage. you will vote for hillawitch666 and you want to take the second amendment away. you have no problem with an anti gun pres selling guns to know criminals killing over 1000 and the death toll is rising. are criminals the only thing democraps can produce???? prohibition has never worked and never will, these sensible gin laws are already in place and i trust my fellow man perhaps maybe you should try and be less paranoid. it will make you feel better.

    2. “Prancing about with guns”? Really? Chuck2, you need to find a different forum for your snarky, misinformed comments, which are so poorly composed and punctuated that they are barely readable, much less comprehensible.

      1. To some probably unreadable. to the more literate. no issue, but just for drill stop a local college English Dept and have someone explain current rules for forums and such… noted you did not attack the facts, but that is your issue, nra 101, attack messenger not the facts… Sure sounds like you are one of the prancers…the thin skinned variety who live in fear…so “gotta pack” blah blah.

      2. No facts to attack, chuck2—leaves only your writing “style” to comment on, because I’m not the least bit interesting in arguing opinion with you or anyone else. Your “facts”, which I guess you feel you are entitled to, are completely off-base, so you resort to ad hominem attacks on entire groups of people, e.g. “prancing about”, which is the very thing you are whining about in your defensive, thin-skinned reply. Disconnected stream of consciousness writing, which only begrudgingly yields to somewhat rational punctuation, is not conducive to communication of a position, regardless of which “forum rules” might be in place. You seem to be channeling your heroes Hillary and BO, and implying that because I don’t immediately tease some sort of rational thought out of your disconnected, half-baked “sentences”, I’m illiterate….so I’m stupid if I don’t understand stupid, is that it? I’ve been forced to endure nearly 8 years of that kind of deceitful verbal ju-jitsu from the zen master of it– our so-called “president”, so I know it when I see and hear it. Run your real flag up the pole a little higher so everyone can see it, sailor. Of course, that would mean having to say what you really mean, which I don’t believe you have the courage to do. You certainly haven’t shown anyone you have it so far.

        I don’t need to visit a college English dept to know the nearly complete absence of basic communication skills, and someone who is too clumsy to even be able to hide his true agenda. In fact, I’ve spent plenty of time in college English depts, in addition to the engineering and earth sciences departments, (that time in the English dept helps when it comes time to write a thesis) but I had already mastered the basics of sentence structure and punctuation by the time I left 5th grade, so my college years were for the purpose of putting a fine edge on a well-crafted knife. I’m not thinned skin, I just don’t like having to wipe dirty mud off my hide, especially when it hits me and my equally thick-skinned buddies in the back. Of course, you, Yosemite Sam, aren’t afraid of anything–except the facts…..BOO! Go grab your blankie and hug your picture of grandma Hillary for solace.

      3. Your deniability and childish “Boo” is about what I expected…. amusing at best, but rather revealing that it seems you “knife” of knowledge is a wee bit dulled… but amusing stuff..however in view of your many accomplishments, should I ever need a Secretary, will keep you in mind… know all about theis, but never had to lean on English Dept, for writing…. guess some need all the cruthes they can find… Note when taught in college, physics, metro, chemistry and flows. Do know about rules of writing and news flash child,… Forum’s are whole new world, but as said amusing posts by you and fellow Prancers… would be by your level of intellect, you support trump as you more then exceed criteria for such.,.. like the others, afraid of a lady in power…note I am very Independent vote and gun owner for sixty years, a sane gun owner who does not feel need to “Prance’ as am very secure with self.. unlike many “Paranoid Prancers”….You and ole Artie should get together, trade meds as both dodge responding to facts… which you never address as probably not that knowledgeable and unable to find latest nra talking point on such… part of the “no compromise” party of fools gambits.

      4. My little Prancer, you mentioned “so I’m stupid if I don’t understand stupid, is that it? I’ve been
        forced to endure nearly 8 years of that kind of deceitful verbal
        ju-jitsu from the zen master of it– our so-called “president”, so I
        know it when I see and hear it’

        Well not a big fan of either, but then I do not miss the R/Bush years of Great REcession, Bank Fails and a war based on lies… which in fact, should you read up on it, R/Bush/Darth Cheny/Rummy were warned by experts from many areas that with no post war planning we would be in exactly the mess we are in now, read up, learn,… you might enjoy it… as said not big fan of O or others, but with choice now of trump, well Hill does not sound that bad, of course an mot a racist, or carrying about many phobia’s, so not really trump type stuff… But am amused by the less then literate about how Hill on her own will take down 2nd… probably one of funnist posts by ignorant, who are often priancers…got to show off their manly man stuff somehow to overcome deep seated insecurity.

        Do understand many are fearful as studies provide they simply do not research both sides of issues and fact check for fear of finding all that glittered might not be golden..

  4. Tony, you are 150% right on as to compare a guy with firearm profession to those prancing about with gun, whom in way to many states never have to fire one shot of less then twenty-five, nor required to be attend class and be trained in gun laws, gun safety, not even a eye check as to be able to see and shoot, well comparing them to this guy is VW to F1. We can only wish that sane gun laws for any type of carry were on the books, and even a four year of such requal. but nra-guns/ammo folks making record profits would not enjoy that bit of reality.. Seems way to many prancing about with guns feel they are same quals as this guy, a rather destructive and dangerous self image to us all and a scary thing for sane gun owners. I am all for carry, but only if real sane requirements to qualify on the books. Not explained by the any gun for any one folks, how come in many states a mandatory hunter gun safety course required to obtain lisence, yet none even close for handguns which require even more time to master then shotgun or longgun?

  5. This guy could’ve killed or injured alot of people in such populated space with that knife. I haven’t looked up the intire article yet but I’m going to in a minute. The statistics, facts, studies, or whatever you look at for information shows that crime rates are lower in concealed carry areas because criminals know where they will reciever the least resistance. I am not a concealed carry holder. I dont want to carry bit I would appreciate a concealed carry holder if someone starts attacks where I’m at. I feel to many lives are lost at the hands of sycopaths and I wish there was a good guy with a gun at the Florida club. Many lives would still be here if there were. Anyways that’s my 2 cents and I think it should matter.

  6. This is what needs to happen to these radical idiots. It’s a shame that a few of the shoppers were hurt but it could have been much worse……….thank God the officer was there and took care of the situation. an old cliché ” Its better to carry a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not carry one” . There could not have been a better person to show up on the scene!!! More events like this will bring the general public to the realization that qualified individuals carrying firearms, are some of their best friends………

  7. Hey, Outdoor Hub, the knife attacker was NOT a lunatic. His actions were not the result of a psychotic episode brought on by some organic chemical imbalance in his brain, or the moon phase. His actions were thoughtfully plotted, and the result of immersion in the hateful ideology of radical Islam and hatred of “the west”, which may have very well been exacerbated by two years of attendance at the local university. (I live in MN, about an 40 min from this mall, and I know the MN “education” system). By the way, can someone please tell me how he got a job with a security company?

    1. Agree 100%!

      Also, in the very first sentence the author says, “The man who stopped the knife YIELDING lunatic…” He meant “wielding,” not yielding. Duhhhh. That’s a “malapropism,” or the substitution of one imperfectly-known word for another similar-sounding one. In many contexts it results in the opposite meaning. To yield the knife is automatically ceasing to wield it.

      Outdoorhub needs some writers (quasi-journalists) that don’t embarrass us good gun owners anymore.

  8. Does anybody know if that mall was posted no guns allowed? I checked Minnesota law and private property, such as a mall, can post no guns and it has the force of law in Minnesota. A cop on or off duty can enter such posted places.

    If it was posted, that might explain why the terrorist selected an unarmed victim zone for his attack.

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