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Two Criminals Killed by Concealed Carriers

In the past week we
have seen two different occasions where a concealed carrier has dramatically
changed what could have been an awful situation in two different states. The
most notable would be the shooting in Indiana, where a 22-year-old concealed
carrier was carrying Constitutionally, despite there being a firearms not
allowed sign on the entrances. The second involved an armed citizen that
intervened when the would be perpetrator held an innocent bystander at knife
point and they dropped them. However, both of these instances are not being
hailed in the mainstream media as heroic, and in some instances, they are even
being touted as criminal events.

The most well known
event took place in the Indiana mall where a would be shooter spent in upwards of
an hour getting all the firearms ready to commit his crime. Unknown to the now
deceased dirtbag, a 22 year old, who was carrying Constitutionally and AGAINST
the malls no gun policy, was in the same food court when the shooter opened
fire. Unfortunately in the approximately 15 seconds that the shooter had to
commit his act, he shot and killed three innocent mall goers. It could have
been significantly worse, but a brave man, 22 year old Eli Dicken. This young
man, breaking the rules and carrying where he was told it wasn’t permitted,
drew his concealed weapon and got to work. Firing 10 times, with an 80% hit
rate, at a distance of 40 yards Eli neutralized the shooter in under 15
seconds. When you consider that the average police response time is 11 minutes
across the US, that is probably the best case for responsible citizens carrying
a firearm. This comes on the heels of would be gun grabbers like Stacy Abrams,
who is chastising Georgia’s governor for allowing Constitutional carry in that
state. If we average that the shooter was able to kill 3 people in 15 seconds,
if we take that out, to 11 minutes, at that rate it would have meant Ms. Abrams
was totally ok with 132 dead versus one young man carrying.

The second instance that I talked about was in St. Charles,
Missouri at a quick trip. The perpetrator, who was homeless according to
reports, decided to start a robbing spree at 3 a.m. He robbed a convenience
store at knife point and sped off in a stolen SUV, attempting to break into
another gas station not far away. This is where situational awareness of a
concealed carrier stepped in. At the third stop the criminal attempted to again
rob the store at knifepoint. The hero noticed that while he was walking back to
his vehicle from the bathroom, that an SUV blocked the front entrance as he
exited, and watched and saw how the clerk was being robbed at knife point. He
then entered the store to ask if everything was ok, knowing what was going on,
and the perpetrator, once confronted with the now armed citizen, the would be
robber charged with a knife. Compared to Indiana, this shooting was close,
likely around the FBI average distance of 7 yards or less, and the hero fired
four times. When asked what helped make the difference, he replied “Instinct….I
guess knowing that I am protected, I can protect somebody else.”

Takeaways:

  • 1.Good guy with a gun is a formidable foe against
    either a robber or a would be mass shooter, which dispels the counter argument
    by gun-grabbers
  • 2.When seconds count, police are only minutes away…so
    be your own protection
  • 3.It can happen anywhere, at any time.
  • 4.Mass shooter targeted an area he thought was a
    “gun free zone”, and when it wasn’t it ended badly for him. I am not a lawyer,
    but the phrase “tried 12 is better than carried by 6” has some validity in the
    first case.
  • 5.Training matters. Scoring 80% hits at 40 yards
    or 100% on a moving target at 7 or less is incredibly difficult, and both of
    their hit percentages exceed most police capabilities.
  • 6.You can only be prepared if you carry, and you are
    more likely to carry if you have a comfortable holster like one from JM4, like the Original, Relic or Roughneck lines.

Author: Ian Bolser

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