On April 17th, John Hendricks reacted quickly and accurately to stop a mass shooting, likely saving numerous lives. Hendricks was exercising his Constitutional rights in Chicago, a town where they had been suppressed for generations. He was taking a break from accepting Uber fares when he saw a man rack a slide on a pistol across the street . . .
That’s when the man began firing at a group near him. Hendricks acted quickly and precisely. He fired about six rounds, hitting the attacker three times, a more accurate result than in most police-involved shootings. Hendricks made the tactically correct decision to leave the area once the threat was down. He returned to give an account to the police on the scene.
Hendricks returned to the scene when police arrived and held his arms in the air, concealed carry and firearm owner identification cards in hand.
He said it was a common-sense approach after what had transpired.
“A shooting just happened,” Hendricks said. “I’m the one that called, and I’m the shooter.”
“At the time, I remembered I still had my firearm on me,” he recalled. “I let them know that my firearm’s on my right side.”
The police took Hendricks’ gun, which is common in self-defense situations. I have often taught concealed carry students to expect their gun to be impounded by the police while they sort things out.
Hendricks said police took custody of his firearm that night, after he called 911 following the shooting, and that repeated phone calls regarding the status of his gun had gone nowhere until recently.
The South Sider said he was contacted Monday and received the required paperwork to claim his weapon.
He said he went to a police facility on the West Side Tuesday, and that it took about an hour to get his gun.
It took time, but Hendricks had his defensive firearm returned. This bodes well for Chicago and the rule of law. It’s a strong indicator to black people that the rule of law applies to them as well as any other citizens. It also counters the false meme of “racist police” that the Black Lives Matter radical left pushes.
If the Chicago police could rise above their institutional, leftist bias, they would give Hendricks an award. He should be a Chicago poster boy for concealed carry.
Hendricks who owns “quite a few guns” claims to be a stickler for following every concealed carry law. He told a story about visiting an University Village Quizno’s. There was an employee out front who was sweeping. Hendricks told the employee that he was armed and the employee said to just go inside anyways. Hendricks said he still refused.
He explained, “It says ‘law-abiding’ for a reason. I’m going to abide.”
This is exactly what those who push the “racist police” meme oppose and denigrate. Their claim is that if you are black, abiding by the law does not matter. Their approach exacerbates the crime problem and expands it. It’s a feedback loop that makes crime worse.
If the high crimes rates in black urban areas are going to be reduced, people in those areas must come to understand that the rule of law is real and will be enforced in their neighborhood. It is precisely what has worked in the approach pushed by David Kennedy from Harvard. Pushing the idea that black people can’t rely on the rule of law creates the conditions that criminality in black neighborhoods worse.
John Hendricks should be held up as an example as the armed hero that he is.
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