“Luke Sanderlin, 34, called police early this week to say that he had been carjacked by the person he believed to be the man who murdered six people earlier in the day that police were searching for,” concealednation.com reports. “His story was that he was out for a walk near his home with his dog, when a man with a knife approached him and asked for his keys. Sanderlin told police that a scuffle ensued and that he drew his firearm in self defense and fired shots at the attacker.” Nope . . .
Sanderlin was arrested and faces charges of risking a catastrophe, recklessly endangering another person, and making false reports to law enforcement.
I wish someone had arrested me before my first and second marriages and charged me with risking a catastrophe. Sorry. Had to get that in there before Ralph. OK, so . . .
Not only did he lie about the encounter, but he wasted numerous police resources during an active manhunt and could have endangered other lives. Luckily, no one else was hurt or killed by the offender. To make the scenario seem real, Sanderlin did in fact fire three shots into the woods near the residential area where he lived.
Brandon at concealednation.com reckons Mr. Sanderlin’s concealed carry license should be permanently revoked. He acknowledges but dismisses those of us who consider gun rights a right – rather than a privilege.
Be that as it is, Sanderlin’s actions play straight into the hands of gun control advocates who insist that Americans who carry a concealed weapon are wanna-be Dirty Harrys. They label us all proto-vigilantes itching for a gunfight – to the point where we’ll invent one.
It’s not true, of course. In general, Americans exercising their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to bear arms do so hoping they’ll never have to clear leather. In specific, well . . . For giving the antis ammo, dinging the cause of firearms freedom, Sanderlin earns TTAG’s Irresponsible Gun Owner of the Day.