As we’re constantly told by some of the nation’s smartest minds (here, here, here and here), the idea of a “good guy with a gun” stopping violence and saving lives is a silly fantasy pushed by radical gun nuts and the NRA in order to justify their sick obsession with perpetuating civilian firearm ownership.
Except it isn’t. We’ve recounted literally hundreds of examples of successful defensive gun uses here for anyone to read. And ours is by no means a complete catalogue of all of the instances of armed individuals stopping attacks on themselves and others and saving lives. It happens literally hundreds of thousands of times a year.
It happened again yesterday in a Michigan Meijer store where a woman carrying a concealed firearm witnessed a knife attack.
A 85-year-old man was fatally stabbed Wednesday at Meijer in Adrian. …
Police were able to take the suspect into custody without incident.
The suspect was a 29-year-old man from Adrian, according to a news release.
Emrick said that a woman with a concealed pistol license witnessed the stabbing taking place. She drew her pistol on the suspect and ordered him to the ground. The woman held the suspect at gunpoint until police arrived.
It isn’t clear what caused the attack and there’s no way to know how many more people might have been hurt or killed if the unidentified woman hadn’t used her lawfully carried handgun to stop the man with the knife and hold him until police could arrive.
Once again, an armed citizen protected herself and probably others. She was her own first responder, minutes before police ever got there.