A shooting in Gage Park, in Southwest Chicago, illustrates why gun control activists resisted legal concealed carry in the Windy City as long as they did. Earlier this week, a legally carrying customer of a currency exchange store shot and killed an armed robber who was attempting a holdup while the owner’s two teenage sons were working there. To understand why civilian disarmament types hate the idea of concealed carry permits, you just have to read the comments of some of the other merchants in the area . . .
DNAinfo quotes the boys’ mother and store owner:
“All I know is that someone came in here threatening my sons, and this angel used a gun he was allowed to carry, and he saved them,” Cabrales said.
From the owner of a store two doors away:
“I don’t believe in vigilante justice, but I don’t know what would have happened if that guy hadn’t been there,” Guzman said. “I mean, the same thing could just as easily have happened to my store.”
From a shop owner down the block, who was robbed a month ago:
“I do trust the police, but lately I really haven’t felt safe here,” Vidales said. “I never like violence, but in [this] case, I think he did the right thing. I’m glad he was there.
And from another nearby business owner:
“Seeing that happen right on this block makes me think I’d feel much better if I were armed, and if my customers were armed,” Cruz said. “Now I want to get a concealed carry permit myself.”
Bingo. The successful implementation of shall issue concealed carry in most of the country has resulted in thousands of stories like this featuring the successful use of firearms to defend the carrier and others. Most of the time no shots are fired, no one is hit, and no one is so much as injured.
When an aggressor is killed, though, the shooting isn’t always recorded in the FBI uniform crime reports (UCR) as a justified shooting. That’s because the FBI requires that a report of a felony accompany the report of a justified shooting. There was no robbery in this case because the robbery was stopped. That’s one of the reasons why the FBI UCR severely under reports justified homicides.
Concealed carry license holders undercut the narrative that anti-gunners have been trying to build in the national psyche for decades. You’ve heard it often enough: Guns are bad. Guns cause crime. Guns are useless for self defense. You’re more likely to get shot with your own gun.
However, when people see concrete examples that contradict that narrative, they change their minds. Mr. Cruz, the last business owner cited, changed his:
…the attempted robbery and shooting changed the way he thought about guns.
It’s much harder to disarm people who have first hand knowledge that guns can be successfully and lawfully used to defend themselves and others. And this is exactly why Chicago’s civilian disarmament industrial complex fought against legal concealed carry as long and as hard as they did.
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