When Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America started bullying Kroger to ban open carry in its stores I immediately Google searched “armed robbery Kroger.” I got 105k results, including Six robbers hold up busy Kroger and shoot one employee, Attempted Armed Robbery at Suncrest Kroger and Armed robber victimizes customer in Kroger bathroom. Like Target (another, er, target of MDA’s anti-open carry crusade) Kroger is a target for violent crime. Here’s a recent example . . .
Nicholasville [Kentucky] police say they’re investigating an attempted abduction in the parking lot of the Brannon Crossing Kroger.
Investigators tell LEX 18 the intended victim was the wife of a Lexington police officer.
Nicholasville police say the woman was putting groceries in her car around 6 p.m. Sunday when a man came up behind her and demanded that she get inside his car.
Police say the woman started screaming and drawing attention to herself, which then scared the man off.
Would the aspiring kidnapper have chosen the same woman if she’d been open carrying a firearm? The Moms would say that a firearm on her hip would have made things worse. The bad guy would have grabbed her gun and THEN kidnapped her. But that’s absurd.
An armed American is better prepared to deal with a violent attack than an unarmed American, regardless of how and where they carry their firearm. The more [law abiding] armed Americans there are in any give population in public, the greater the deterrent effect on violent crime and the faster the response to violent crime.
Police wife or not, Moms Demanding disarmament or not, this should have been a defensive gun use. Keeping in mind that the kidnapper is still out there, somewhere . . . [h/t craig s]