latimes.com reports on a brutal and fatal attack at a Wal-Mart store in Lakewood California. “Sheriff’s investigators said the suspect grabbed a metal baseball bat from a rack in the sporting goods section of Wal-Mart and began repeatedly pummeling the defenseless victim in the head and upper body. ‘It does not appear there was any communication or warning whatsoever,’ [Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Ed] Hernandez said. “It’s one of the most brutal attacks I have ever seen.'” . . .
Down at my local Arizona Wal-Mart, the ammo counter is right next to the baseball bat section. On any given day, you’ll see armed individuals standing at that counter buying ammo.
It seems no one intervened in an attempt to save this elderly gentleman’s life. Was someone able to intervene but, when confronted with the enraged man beating another man to death with a baseball bat, decided to wait for the cops? Perhaps they felt overmatched by the baseball bat and/or the size/physicality of the accused.
Would a bystander with a gun have made a difference? Would a gun control advocate standing near the crime listening to bones crack and watching blood spurt emerge from the event clinging to their belief that legal concealed carry firearms only makes things worse?
Sadly we will never know because California has disarmed its citizens. And citizens were the only ones readily available to intervene in this crime. Truth be told, we are the first responders.