“It happened at the Mead St. Station Bar and Grill on West 32nd Avenue near Lowell Boulevard in the West Highlands neighborhood,” thedenverchannel.com reports. “Paul Burke, the owner of the restaurant, said that the male victim is a regular and was sitting at the bar at the time of that attack. Burke said a bartender saw the suspect walk in and immediately attack the victim from behind . . .
“He honestly thought he was hugging the other customer, and turns out, he had a knife in his hand and cut his throat,” said Burke. “It was terrifying.”
The owner said the attack appeared to be random and not premeditated, but the suspect has been seen in neighborhood bars and restaurants a few times.
Random violent attacks are extremely rare; as are terrorists attacks (for now) and spree killings. But ambush attacks are not. Just like combat soldiers, experienced thugs know that speed, surprise and violence of action is likely to overwhelm their victim, both physically and psychologically.
There are times when an innocent person is ambushed and there’s not a damn thing they can do about it — whether they’re armed or not. Times when the best they can hope for is simply to survive the attack.
By the same token, there are many maybe even most times when an onlooker is present at the time of a violent attack. An armed bystander has the right tool to intervene to save life or, worst case, apprehend or incapacitate the criminal after the attack.
There are some on this site who claim their gun is for them and theirs and . . . that’s it. I don’t pay that much mind.
I reckon many gun carriers are like me. While they don’t want to put their lives on the line for a complete stranger, imperiling themselves and their loved ones, when push comes to shove they won’t stand idly by when innocent life is lost.
The more armed Americans there are in society, the greater the chance that violent attacks will be foiled or prevented — if only by stopping the attacker from striking again.