The mainstream media ridiculed the NRA’s Wayne LaPierre when he said, “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is with a good guy with a gun.” But La Pierre was again proven correct during the past year. Armed “good guys” made a very big an positive difference in 2017.
While the news typically concentrates on gun-related crimes – including this week’s car smash burglary of a Bellevue, Washington gun store in which dozens of handguns were taken – law-abiding gun owners made a difference more than once during 2017, and the odds are that armed citizens will do it again in 2018.
The Bellevue burglary was caught on camera. Thieves used a stolen car to ram through the doors of the shop and then used it to get away. This is the kind of crime that seems to be on the upswing over the past few years, and it underscores the failure of gun control extremists to understand that one more law will keep guns out of the wrong hands, something people responding to the story at KING 5 News’ Facebook page made abundantly clear. That was the bad news.
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The most notable of these cases was the church shooting in Sutherland Springs, Texas, where an armed citizen, who also happens to be a firearms instructor, opened fire on church shooter Devin Patrick Kelley, bringing to an end his rampage that claimed 26 victims.
Alan Gottlieb, chairman of the Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms summed it up by noting that good guy Stephen Willeford used a much-demonized semi-auto modern sporting rifle to confront Kelley…