Prayers today for the victims of two violent attacks. In Mississauga, Canada, near Toronto, two unidentified men are believed to have set off a bomb in an Indian restaurant. Fifteen people are hospitalized, three with critical injuries. The bombers fled, and police are searching for them. At this writing, no motive is yet known.
Meanwhile, last night in north Oklahoma City, a young male entered a restaurant on Lake Hefner, took out a pistol and started firing. He struck a mother and daughter who were there celebrating a birthday. They were hospitalized, but fortunately are expected to survive. A third woman suffered minor injuries.
But then, something happened the shooter did not expect. When he tried to flee, he was confronted outside the restaurant by a passerby who was carrying his own pistol and who shot the gunman dead. The armed civilian who intervened is being called a hero by some. I’d call him a “good guy with a gun,” but we know from the anti-gun lobby that those don’t exist: criminals and killers are never stopped by a “good guy with a gun”…except for all the times when they are.
In many cases, simply displaying a gun is enough to scare away someone of ill intent and prevent a crime. By some estimates, this happens about 2.5 million times a year. But since most of those incidents aren’t reported to police, critics refute that claim. They insist on focusing only on the number of crimes prevented by an armed citizen that are actually reported and recorded by the FBI. By that standard, it happens only about 67,740 times a year.
If that doesn’t seem impressive to you, then I’m betting you aren’t one of the 67,740 Americans per year who would’ve been victimized if you hadn’t been armed.
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