Liberals would have you believe that if you carry a weapon, you’re simply a danger to others. The words “protection” or “prevention” aren’t part of the argument, apparently.
But according to a slew of new research from the Crime Prevention Resource Center, there is mounting evidence that in fact, responsible civilians carrying weapons can indeed have a profoundly positive impact on society.
Various cases have been assembled and are constantly being updated. One of the most compelling cases involves an Uber driver carrying a concealed handgun, who very well may have stopped a mass shooting last year:
An Uber driver put his concealed carry permit to use Friday night when he pulled a gun and opened fire on a man he saw firing a pistol into a group of people on a Logan Square sidewalk, according to prosecutors.
Six blasts from his gun injured a 22-year-old man identified as Everardo Custodio.
Custodio suffered wounds to his shin, knee and lower back . . . Cook County Judge Peggy Chiampas refused to grant [Custodio] bail on charges of aggravated battery with a firearm and illegal possession of a firearm.
The 47-year-old Uber driver “was acting in self-defense and in the defense of others,” Assistant State’s Attorney Barry Quinn said. . . .
The Uber driver had dropped off a passenger minutes before the shooting occurred, said Uber spokeswoman Jen Mullin. She had no comment on the driver’s actions other than to say the company requires all its drivers to abide by local, state and federal laws pertaining to transporting firearms in vehicles. . . .
Police patrolling the area heard the shots and arrived to find Custodio on the ground and bleeding. Police also recovered a handgun found near Custodio, Quinn said. . . .
[The Uber driver is] a registered gun owner who has a concealed carry license. He doesn’t face any charges.
And that’s hardly the only case where a civilian with a licensed weapon has done a good thing, and there’s a critical point as well, and this should be read by anyone who believes no civilian should ever touch a weapon:
“A note: A concern is often raise that a concealed handgun permit holder who stops an attack might accidentally shoot a bystander or might himself be accidentally shot by the police. In none of these cases has that occurred. As noted below, it is very likely that we do not have all the cases where a permit holder stops a mass public shooting, but if a permit holder were to shoot a bystander, it seems clear that such a case would get news coverage. Thus it seems pretty certain that such cases don’t occur during these types of events.”
Maybe with more evidence, we’ll finally start to make a dent in the extremely loud leftist argument, which just gets louder with every passing day.
Source: Crime Prevention Resource Center