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By Brandon via concealednation.org

As if they weren’t heros already, a pair of armed firefighters in Aiken, South Carolina are credited with stopping a gunman who surprised them at their station on Tuesday, all while the parking lot was full of children and firefighters . . .

Firefighters said Chad Barker pulled up to the crowded fire station parking lot full of children and firefighters, got out of his car, and began firing in the air and at his vehicle. They say he also pointed the firearm at individual firefighters for lengthy periods of time.

“I came out of the office, saw the man with the gun, told everybody to leave out the back quickly that there was a man in the parking lot with a gun, and I was not kidding,” said Gary Knoll, a firefighter for New Holland.

Knoll said at that time, he and another firefighter drew their firearms, for which they both have permits to carry. After a few tense minutes, they were able to convince Barker to drop his gun. Once unarmed, firefighters swarmed in to subdue the man until police arrived.

Although Knoll is disappointed that a judge granted Barker a $20,000 bond, he is happy that some of the firefighters are armed.

“It saved a life, if not multiple,” Knoll said.

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    • You think Shannon cares? I’m sure Nanny Bloomberg is paying her far more than enough to not care about this.

      • Of course not. But I do enjoy imagining that every time one of these “good guys with guns” scenarios play
        out -you know, the ones that NEVER HAPPEN- she goes into a trembling, spastic, bowel-evacuating fit of denial. But as you said, her motivation is far from “for the children”.

        • Considering that the anti-gun MSM hardly ever reports on these successful DGU incidents, as far as the public at large is concerned, they do “NEVER HAPPEN”.

          And when, because of the widespread notoriety of the incident, they DO report the event, only dubious credit is given to the “good guy with a gun’ and the fact that he was an armed good citizen.

      • Every one of these averted potential tragedies makes my soul smile. We should keep a tally of all the lives saved. We’re up to what, a hundred now saved just this month by these brave people taking responsibility for the safety of their friends and family.

        MDA and Bloomberg have nothing to offer anyone but terrifying random death.

    • They’re very clever about never having to admit a mass shooting was stopped – because if was stopped before it became a mass shooting, it wasn’t a mass shooting so it doesn’t count. And if it was a mass shooting before it was stopped, then an armed response failed to prevent a mass shooting.

      Doublespeak is quite the tool for these folks.

      • Yes, particularly for the antis’ efforts at culture change vis-à-vis trying to change the public’s acceptance of citizens’ right to Keep and Bear Arms.

    • Well a lot of that hast to do with how much money the defendant has at his disposal. In fact the 8th amendment prohibits excise bail. Given that this guy has such a low bail to me suggests that he’s so poor as to be destitute. At least that’s my theory.

      • The article reports that he has to post a $20,000 BOND, not cash bail. If that’s correct, he’ll put up a few hundred bucks and be out on the streets.

        Not that I trust any news report.

        • I’m pretty sure the news outlets use “bail” and “bond” interchangeably.

    • The justice system is f$&@ed up. That’s one of many reasons why I don’t trust it. As a police officer I can tell you that things like this give us ulcers. Even when the bad guy gets caught, there are still a lot of a$$hole judges out there who will set them free.

      I’ve had the same thing happen in manslaughter cases, only to have the killer flee the country.

      I trust my soul to God, but I trust my life to situational awareness and the ability to return fire.

  1. No worries. Because his bond paperwork says to be good and follow the law until his trial everyone will be safe.

  2. If it happened in Maryland, it would be a mass shooting. They are very anti-2A here. Not allowed, even in your car.

  3. There are some holes in this news story.

    Under SC gun law, CWP is permitted on the grounds of “publicly-owned buildings” but carry inside such buildings by CWP holders is a felony crime unless said permit-holders have “express permission by controlling authority”.

    The only “publicly-owned buildings” that are CWP-allowed are interstate rest stop restrooms.

    These firefighters are obviously not unholstering/storing/reholstering their firearms each time they enter or leave the firehouse so were they given “express permission” by “controlling authority”?

  4. I have a few FF friends here in SC. All have stated to me that any FF that has a gun on dept grounds, even in their car, are instantly fired. No exceptions. I wonder if this incident created an exception, or if these guys will quietly be “let go”.

  5. I’ve been informed that the firehouse in question is VFD and neither the state nor the county owns the building. The “controlling authority” in question appears to be the members of the VFD themselves.

  6. Hey, where is “sexual tyrannasaurus” whining about how all government employees are evil and incompetent?

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