You Have The Right To Defend Yourself

At least in Utah, it seems you do. Police: Starbucks customer who shot man assaulting employee had ‘fear of bodily injury’.

A homeless guy starts off by harassing a 7-Eleven clerk. That clerk hits the panic button provided. Police arrive, talk to the homeless guy and he runs across the street to Starbucks, where he begins by assaulting the clerk behind the counter.

Police say Overall [the homeless guy] then went toward a customer, a man in his late 60s, who is a concealed carry permit holder.

The customer took out his gun and shot Overall in the chest.

He goes back outside and meets the police again, where he is eventually restrained. (Taser didn’t work because of the clothes he was wearing.)

Cops are treating the shooting like justifiable self-defense. The concealed carry permit holder had a reasonable fear “of bodily injury to your own life or some else’s.” Self-defense is a human-right.

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John Lott vs The Chicago Sun-Times

Color me shocked – The Sun-Times hates concealed carry. Responding to the Chicago Sun-Times attack on concealed handgun.

And they use non-peer-reviewed studies to back up their claims. OK then.

As they say, go read the whole thing. Lots of good links to stats and stories. And I won’t give a link to the Sun-Times.

The Long History of Concealed Carry in the US

People make it sound like the idea of an armed public is new (and scary), but it has a long history. Add a Colt to Your Motoring Equipment.

And not just in the US. If you read Sherlock Holmes, you might notice that Dr. Watson is almost always in possession of a revolver.

Even in the late 18th and early 19th century we see handguns like the Durs Egg ladies flintlock and Allen and Thurber percussion cap “muff pistols,” designed to be carried in the cylinders of material that women used to keep their hands warm. In the mid-to-late-19th century, the Philadelphia Deringer was so widely copied that “derringer” became a popular (if misspelled) designation for many small, concealable pistols. In the early 20th century, Colt’s Patent Fire Arms manufactured two John Moses Browning designed pistols, the 1908 Pocket Hammerless in .380 ACP (often called the “Model M”) and the 1908 Vest Pocket in .25 ACP (the “Model N”). As the names suggest, both were both made to be carried concealed in jacket, pants, or vest pockets. And they were both popular in their time. According to Massad Ayoob’s Greatest Handguns of the World, Colt’s produced nearly a million of these two concealed carry pistols by the 1940s (p. 128).

Concealed Carry in Illinois

I’m actually not sure how I feel about this story. Licensed gunowner praised for joining cops in shootout with suspect near I-55

So cops try and stop a guy, he talks off. Cops box him in (with the help of Chicago’s rush-hour traffic. The gets out of his car and starts shooting an automatic weapon. Once of the cops was hit 4 times.

The suspect kept running and shooting at the officers as Duarte and his partner returned fire, officials said. That’s when someone sitting in traffic on Cicero Avenue got out of his car and began shooting at the suspect as well, [Cicero Police Supt. Jerry Chlada Jr.] said.

I’m glad the bad guy was stopped. I sorry the police officer was shot. I’m not sure I think the concealed carry permit holder should have gotten involved. (Not getting involved is a long-standing Chicago tradition – and Cicero is as close as you can get to Chicago and not be in Chicago.)

The cop and the bad-guy are expected to survive.

A Bad Guy With a Gun. A Good Guy With a Gun.

If he hadn’t had a concealed carry permit, would he have been armed as he was driving away from home? ‘Having a CWP saved my life’ – Man says he fired back when an armed robber was waiting outside his home.

The victim, Donnie Parker, said he was leaving for work when the suspect, dressed in dark clothing with a cover over his face, came out from behind some bushes and attempted to rob him at gunpoint.

Parker said he was also armed and fired back at the robber.

Unfortunately, Mr. Parker didn’t seem to hit the would-be bad-guy, but he did convince him to be elsewhere.

Self-defense is a human-right.

Self-defense In Chicago

I know I’m late with this, but it is so worth it cover concealed carry in Chicago. 2 teens charged in armed robbery in Austin where 1 was shot.

Two teenage boys were charged with the armed robbery of a 28-year-old man who pulled out his own gun Saturday afternoon and shot one of them.

The guy with the gun will not be charged, because he is a law-abiding concealed carry license holder.

A Good Guy with a gun, protects himself from a robbery. And while the gun-hating Left will go on at length about the fact that the kid shot was a kid, because the fact that he was engaged in felony when he was legally shot is so completely beside the point.

Concealed Carry Stops Robbery

He decides to rob a store and meets two citizens with concealed weapons. Man attempting armed robbery dies after customers shoot him.

According to police at the scene, the suspect entered the store and displayed a weapon. Then two customers discharged their weapons. He did not appear to have taken anything from the store.

The would-be bad-guy was taken to a local hospital where he died of his injuries.

Police are still investigating, because that is what they do, but concealed carry is legal in Indiana.

Self-defense is a human-right.