Years back, a friend of mine took a late shift at a coffee stand for me. That night, he was robbed at gunpoint. When prompted to turn-around (for which he presumed would be an execution), my friend drew his concealed weapon and plugged the robber. The robber returned fire, but the rapid absorption of point-blank hollow points seemed to reduce his aim as my friend was unharmed.
Just then, the lookout opened fire and what ensued was nothing short of a wild-West shootout; bullets whizzed as both men fired upon each other. The lookout fled and the robber died. My friend, miraculously survived having nearly exhausted his “high-capacity” magazine (remember that the next time someone asks why one would need more than ten rounds).
Concealed carry saved a life that night and it saves lives each and every day in America. Good citizens who cannot wait for police to arrive defend themselves and others with these lifesaving tools and despite the best efforts of propagandists like Michael Bloomberg, many American realize this fact.
One such man is an employee at a T-Mobile store in the notorious city of Chicago. The Windy City remains incredibly hostile to Second Amendment freedoms. However, an employee was able to secure one of the very few concealed carry permits in the city and used it to good effect after he shot two robbers on Wednesday.
The Chicago Tribune reported:
Two men drew handguns as they entered a cellphone store, 2051 E. 95th St., in the Calumet Heights neighborhood around 11 a.m., prompting a worker to take out his own firearm and shoot them, according to an account from employees given to Neil Tadros, who identified himself as the district manager for T-Mobile. The employee shot both of the suspects, but they fled the store, got in a car and drove themselves to the hospital, Tadros said. At the time the suspects brandished weapons, employees acted, “pretty much to protect themselves when guns are drawn at them,” Tadros said.
The district manager summarized the sentiment perfectly: “Thank God for concealed carry.”
Both suspects were being treated for gunshot wounds at a local hospital at the time of this report.
Amazingly, T-Mobile revealed that they allow employees with concealed carry permits to carry a weapon in compliance with the law- a refreshing bit of corporate responsibility in a time when businesses are pressured to be hostile to Second Amendment rights of employees and customers.
Guns are tools and like so many tools, they can be dangerous in the wrong hands. In the right hands, however, they can be life-saving devices.
It’s likely that the two armed robbers did not hold permits for their weapons- a common occurrence in the city plagued by gun violence but which retains some of the strongest anti-gun laws in the nation.
Conversely, a gun in the hand of a law-abiding citizen thwarted the robbery and likely saved lives.
Concealed carry is not only a good idea, it is a human right that must be greatly augmented throughout this nation.