Saturday, April 28, 2012

The Armed Citizen

I stopped posting all the armed citizen incidents from the NRA's American Rifleman post, but doing so in the past had a point (and in fact I may end up putting them back up). 

The defensive presentation of a firearm saves lawful citizens from victimization approximately 2 million times every year.

There's nothing more scary than a crazy person going on a killing spree.  It's why such incidents make national headlines.  These people usually can't be reasoned with.  We try to make sense of their motives, but it comes down to this:  they're crazy and they're criminal.  Sane, lawful people don't do that and can't really understand most of the motives involved.  Thus, while such incidents remain largely mysterious (and therefore frightening) to most of us, there is something we know about them.  The only way to lessen the impact of such incidents is for first responders to stop the insane criminal quickly.   

Fortunately, armed citizens can act as first responders, as this man did in Utah.
Gun carrying man ends stabbing spree at Salt Lake grocery store

Reported by: Don Hudson

SALT LAKE CITY (ABC 4 News) - A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith's store.

Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith's employee Dorothy Espinoza says, "He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people."

Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. "There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms."

Then, before the suspect could find another victim - a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. "A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith's grabbed him."

By the time officers arrived the suspect had been subdued by employees and shoppers. Police had high praise for gun carrying man who ended the hysteria. 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."

Dozens of other shoppers, who too could have become victims, are also thankful for the gun carrying man. And many, like Danylle Julian, are still in shock from the experience. "Scary actually. Really scary. Five minutes before I walk out to my car. It could have been me."

Police say right now they have no idea what caused the suspect to go on the dangerous rampage. (We will update as soon as we learn new information.)

So far, police have not released the names of the suspect, the victims or the man who pulled the gun.

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