As the Houston Chronicle reports, “Angel Alejandro Lopez Arriaga faces charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon after the shooting about 9 p.m. Wednesday at the complex at 9988 Windmill Lakes Boulevard, just west of Almeda Mall.”
The person shot in this incident was Lopez Arriaga himself. It seems he had pulled a gun on a man in the parking lot of a Houston apartment complex last week. But the would-be stick-up man didn’t plan on his victim being armed.
The 27-year-old man who shot Lopez Arriaga told Houston Police that he thought he was going to be robbed, officials said.
The man drove to a parking space in the complex and was getting ready to get out of his car when another vehicle stopped in front of his, blocking him, Houston police said in a news release issued on Friday.
The driver then pulled around behind the man and stopped again. Lopez Arriaga, armed with a gun, then got out of the car, police said.
When Lopez Arriaga pointed his gun at the un-named driver — who has a carry permit — the man defended himself, shooting the attacker in the leg. Another crime prevented and a happy ending.
We write about a lot of these instances here. That’s because they happen all the time.
According to the CDC, Americans use firearms more than 1.1 million times a year — most of the time without pulling the trigger — to stop assaults, robberies, rapes, kidnappings and murders. A fact that, for some reason, the bloody shirt-waving physicians, grandstanding politicians and hoplophobic harridans never seem to mention when they call for more restrictions on the right to keep and bear arms.
But that’s OK. We’re happy to do it for them.