On Sunday, November 2, 22-year-old Carlesha Freeland-Gaither was abducted by Delvin Barnes in Philadelphia, PA. Barnes has an outstanding warrant for attempted capital murder, assault and malicious injury with acid, explosives, or fire in Charles City County, Virginia, and police did not provide any details as to why he was free at the time of the abduction. Earlier this week, CNN ran a story with a video captured by a nearby camera that shows the whole abduction taking place . . .
It’s worth watching as a textbook example of why citizens (particularly women) should carry a gun. From the time Barnes pulls his car over and exits the vehicle headed for Freeland-Gaither to the time he finally gets her stuffed in his car, there was more than one opportunity for her to have been able to deploy a firearm in self defense.
I wonder what the brain trust at MDA would have to say about this one. Surely, they can’t reasonably argue that Freeland-Gaither would have been less at risk had she been armed.
Fortunately, this story has a happy ending. Barnes was not exactly a Rhodes Scholar and left more than enough clues to enable the FBI (which generally gets involved in kidnapping cases) to find and apprehend him before he had the chance to add actual murder to his ever growing rap sheet.