“[Jeanne] Doucette said the assault occurred after she and [Marc] Adams, both 39, had met for a drink at Miller’s after Adams finished his shift as chef for a downtown food cart,” c-ville.com reports. “Adams tripped and fell in front of Derriere de Soie lingerie store. As he was getting up, a man approached quickly, said something that Doucette couldn’t make out, and kicked Adams while he was on the ground, before being joined by his friends who beat Adams severely, breaking his ankle, cracking ribs and knocking out one of his teeth.” The assailants also pummeled Doucette, who “suffered bruising to her head and tearing of the cartilage in her ear.” Clearly . . .
This should have been a defensive gun use.
Mr. Adams was subjected to a brutal attack that could have claimed his life. Ms. Doucette was also in harm’s way, and could have paid for her loyalty (i.e., not fleeing) with her life. If the attack went down as described, either American could have, should have used a firearm to defend themselves from these callous, vicious thugs.
But the article doesn’t mention this fact. Instead it focuses on police inaction on Ms. Doucette’s cell phone camera pictures. The cops failed to disseminate the images or secure security camera evidence. Their “excuse”?
According to CPD spokesperson Ronnie Roberts, investigators canvassed the Downtown area after the assault but did not find anyone matching the description of the alleged assailants. Police did not release Doucette’s pictures to the public, Roberts said, because they believed surveillance video from the bank might offer clearer images, and they hoped officers might recognize some of the men in Doucette’s photos without tipping them off that they were being sought.
Roberts said police requested the bank video on Friday, December 27, a week after the attack, and had not received it as of Sunday, December 29.
You can argue with the cops’ logic. You can sense the bureaucratic inefficiency. But really, what does it matter? Society would be/will be/may be safer when the perpetrators are caught and punished. But the deed is done. Ms. Doucette and Mr. Adams have already been brutalized. Truth be told, he didn’t have to be. If either or both had been armed they wouldn’t have been defenseless.
The People of the Gun like to point out that locking-up bad people is a far more effective strategy for public safety than limiting or preventing law-abiding citizens’ access to firearms. That’s true. It’s also true that the more people who carry a gun the less likely it is that anyone will be attacked.
Armed Americans = deterrence. That’s a fact that bears repeating every time unarmed Americans are assaulted, especially in parts of the country (e.g., New Jersey) where the gun rights are frustrated by government fiat. The real “knock-out game” is the government putting the kibosh on Americans natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms. As the Bush-bashing Dixie Chicks sang, there’s your trouble.