On June 12, a Muslim terrorist attacked a gay night club called Pulse in Orlando, Florida, killing 49 and wounding 53 in a three-hour ordeal that was the nation’s most drawn-out mass killing, and the deadliest domestic terror attack since 9/11.
This past Sunday, exactly two weeks to the day after the Pulse attack, there was a mass shooting outside a night club in South Carolina. I’m sure you haven’t heard about it, and for two good reasons. The first reason is that the attempted murderer was unsuccessful in killing any of his victims. The second reason is because the attempted murderer was stopped by a concealed carrier at the club drawing his weapon and putting a bullet into the bad guy.
Shots rang out at the Playoffz nightclub at 105 B Little Mountain Road before 3:30 a.m. Sunday, according to an incident report from the Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office.
Deputies believe Thompson got into an argument with another man and began firing into a crowd of people outside the club, Lt. Kevin Bobo, a Spartanburg County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said in an email.
Three people were shot. Another man who was shot at returned fire with his own handgun and struck Thompson in the leg, he said.
He acted in self-defense and has a concealed weapons permit, so he’s not being charged, Bobo said.
Thompson is facing four counts of attempted murder, and one of the people he shot—a mother of three—is still in the hospital as doctors attempt to try to figure out how or even if they can safely extract the bullet lodged in her pelvic area.
It probably won’t surprise anyone that Thompson has a criminal record dating back to 2003, and that he’s a felon who has used a gun illegally before.
So many “experts” have opined that armed citizens cannot carry in a bar or night club responsibly, arguing that “guns and alcohol don’t mix.”
You know what? I agree, as that applies as a general rule, even though there are no reports of “wild west” shootouts in states where having a drink while armed is perfectly legal as long as you don’t get drunk.
But just as we have promoted the idea of having a responsible designated driver for groups of friends who go to bars and clubs to imbibe, we should also encourage responsible concealed carry, either from another non-drinking member of the group, or from that same designated driver.
There were an estimated 320 people inside Pulse when the Islamic terrorist launched his attack. Florida has a population estimated at just over 20 million in 2016, with more than 1.4 million concealed carriers, or roughly 1 concealed carry permit holders per 20 people. In other words, there were possibly as many as 16 people with concealed carry permits inside Pulse when the Muslim terrorist launched his attack, but they were all disarmed by Florida law, just because they wanted to have a good time.
These poor people were instead forced to put their lives in the hands of a single Orlando Police Department officer outside the club and the promise that 911 calls would result in police riding in to save the day… and we sadly saw how poorly that worked out.
Laws that disarm law-abiding citizens create killing zones for the monsters and predators lurking among us. 96.2-percent of all mass murders happen in so-called gun free zones because people who want to cause as much carnage as possible prefer to rampage unopposed.
It’s time to stop listening to anti-liberty Democrats who want to use fear to strip Americans of their core civil rights, and start pushing for laws that turn law-abiding citizens into easy targets.
The unnamed concealed carrier in Lyman, South Carolina stopped a criminal shooting into a crowd at a club by putting a bullet into him.
That doesn’t serve the narrative proposed by progressive Democrats and their allies in the media, however, so they’ll do the best they can to keep this story of an armed citizen shooting a gunman to stop an attack at a night club as quiet as they can.