A law-abiding gun owner who runs a barber shop recently shot and killed a robber in Philadelphia. I there are a couple things worth noting because they depart markedly from the anti-gunners narrative about guns.
First, the shop owner had the gun on his person. If he wasn’t carrying the gun, it seems unlikely that he would have been able to retrieve the gun without the robber noticing.
Second, he was carrying concealed. The robber never had a clue the shop owner had a gun. Had that not been the case, the shop owner may well have been dead before he ever knew he was being robbed.
Third, despite being both a gun owner and a concealed carry holder the shop owner was not magically transformed into a blood thirsty lunatic. He only opened fire when he realized his son was in danger. Furthermore, despite being fully justified in the shooting he clearly upset about having to shoot someone.
Fourth, “just call the police” was not an option. What was he going to do, ask the robber to kindly hold on a sec so he can call 911?
This is precisely why I am a strong second amendment supporter. Yes, shooting is fun. Yes, hunting is important for the environment and the economy. But for my money, this is what it is all about. And it is precisely what the like of the Brady Campaign (formerly Handgun Control, Inc), CeaseFire PA/NJ and their ilk want to prevent.
I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. Self-defense is the most basic human right. Any government that interferes with that right is illegitimate and should be reformed or replaced.