A Brief History
On March 14, 2016, news wires buzzed with the story of a Burien, Washington shooting of an ax wielding maniac by an armed citizen lawfully carrying a concealed pistol for which he has a permit to carry. The 60 year old customer of a 7-11 store shot and killed the 40 something year old ax man as the maniac attacked the 58 year old clerk of the store, wounding the hapless storekeeper.
The wounded store clerk says the armed customer saved his life and perhaps others, an opinion also expressed by King County Sheriff’s personnel. Police authorities are hailing the armed citizen as a hero, and said that although the case will be reviewed by the prosecutor’s office as a routine, there would likely be no charges.
Once again, actual events in real life point out the value of having licensed citizens carrying a concealed weapon among the public when some lunatic tries to kill or maim innocent people. The clerk, the armed customer, and other customers may well have been seriously injured or killed by the ax man had the customer not been armed. Also note that the attacker did not need a gun to threaten the lives of innocent people, but that a gun was the needed solution to the situation, and not waiting several minutes for police.
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For more information, please see…
Davis, Kevin R. Citizen’s Guide to Armed Defense. Gun Digest Books, 2015.
The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense. Concealed Carry University. DVD.