Guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens can be used to save lives. On Thursday, April 26, 2012, we got more proof.
An attacker bought the knife inside a local market in Salt Lake City, UT, then stabbed one man in the side of the head and another person in the stomach. The attack took place in the market parking lot. A bystander with a concealed carry permit witnessed the attack and stepped in to keep it from escalating. The bystander was suspicious of what might be going on, and when he saw the stabbing, he just drew his pistol and challenged the individual, which caused the attacker to lie down on the ground. By the time police officers arrived on the scene, the attacker was subdued and is now in custody.
The knife wielding man seriously injured two people. Then, before the attacker 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,” said market employee Dorothy Espinoza. The attacker dropped his weapon and the people from the market grabbed him.
Police had high praise for gun carrying man who ended the hysteria. “This was a really volatile situation that could have gotten even worse,” Salt Lake City Police Lt. Brian Purvis said. “(The bystander) was definitely in the right place at the right time.”
But that’s just my opinion.
Cross-posted at RWNO, my personal web site.