According to the gun-control left, this never happens. The “good guys with guns” scenario is pure fiction. In fact, when someone tries to use their own gun to stop a bad guy, what usually ends up happening is that he ends up shooting himself!
There is no end to the left’s ability to imagine virtuous, God-fearing Americans as completely inept clowns.
In real life, of course, a good guy with a gun actually does neutralize a bad guy with a gun. And sometimes it does more than that. It should probably be no surprise that the most recent glorious example of this took place in Texas:
A concealed carry holder is being heralded as a hero by Arlington police for preventing mass murder by killing an “incoherent” gunman at a sports bar Wednesday evening.
Before he was shot about 6:15 p.m., the gunman killed the manager of Zona Caliente in the 6500 block of South Cooper Street, police spokesman Christopher Cook said.
Police later identified the gunman as 48-year-old James Jones of Grand Prairie and the victim as 37-year-old Cesar Perez of Duncanville. The man who killed Jones has not been identified.
Authorities later found two loaded guns and two knives on Jones, Cook said Thursday.
“We do believe he had the capacity to do much greater harm,” Cook said.
. . .
More than a dozen customers and a handful of employees were in the sports bar at the time of the shooting.
Cook said the customer, who was dining with his wife, “prevented further loss of life.”
The customer was carrying a handgun under the Texas concealed handgun license program, Cook later confirmed.
“We’re treating the good guy as sort of a hero,” he said.
And a hero he is, not only because he prevented any more loss of life but because his decision to take action obviously involved some degree of risk to himself. Had he missed, or been too slow on the draw, the perp could have taken him down too. This would be the sort of scenario the left would present in arguing that he shouldn’t have done anything at all.
But when you’ve got a crazed gunman in play, and he’s already killed one person, anyone else on the scene is basically helpless without the ability to deploy his own weapon. You can talk all you want about how prudent it would be to wait for the police to respond, but the victims of Virginia Tech, Newtown and San Bernardino could tell you about the limits of that wisdom.
If they were still alive.
Indeed, what would have happened in any of those situations had their been a good guy with a gun? How many who lost their lives would still be living, thriving and raising families today?
And indeed, how many more might have died in the situation in Dallas had not for our hero taken action?
Kudos to the police, as well, for not conditioning their description of the hero. That’s absolutely what he is. Sometimes public officials feel the need to temper such praise, lest they encourage others to do the same. “Don’t be a hero” seems like the default thinking of those who really don’t have much faith in the goodness of humanity or in the ability or ordinary people to bravely make a difference. Thank God the Dallas-area cops don’t think like that.
It’s too bad we don’t yet know who this hero is. Hopefully we will find out soon, so the public can credit him as he deserves. And hopefully he will inspire more ordinary citizens to take up arms as well - and take down more bad guys before innocent people get killed.
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