Last Thursday in Salt Lake City, Utah, a gun toting citizen single-handedly ended the stabbing spree of a knife wielding maniac. The incident happened in a grocery store in the downtown area of the city. The suspect apparently purchased a knife in the store and used it as a weapon to stab two people in the foyer of the store. Before he could find a third victim, the man with the concealed gun pulled it on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. The assailant dropped the knife and the grocery store’s employees restrained him until the police arrived.
By all accounts the gun toting citizen prevented what could have been widespread carnage. In fact, Salt Lake City Police Department Lt. Brian Purvis said, "This was a volatile situation that could have gotten worse. We can only assume from what we saw it could have gotten worse. He was definitely in the right place at the right time."
Bravo for the Second Amendment! The reason injuries were prevented and lives saved is that as Americans we have the ability to defend ourselves and others through the Second Amendment right to own guns. You see, it is impossible for the police to be everywhere at all times protecting us from bad guys. Given that we are supposedly still a free society, why would we want cops to be present on every street corner anyway?
But, even with this logic there are still plenty of anti-Second Amendment rights activists out there who want to pass restrictive gun laws that would leave more Americans vulnerable to the violent appetites of homicidal maniacs. They claim, among other things, that more people carrying guns make us all less safe. Their concern is that when a volatile situation develops, a law abiding gun carrier’s zeal to put an end to the bloodletting could result in more innocent bystanders being gunned down accidentally by the law abiding citizen. The incident related above refutes that concern.
And how often are there stories of gun owners accidentally shooting innocents while attempting to prevent bloodshed with their firearm? I can’t recall a single story, yet I am aware of many incidents of gun owners saving life and property.