Executive Director of Mayors Against Illegal Guns, Mark Glaze, went on MSNBC for an interview with Chris Matthews. Let’s just say his advice raised a few eyebrows.
Here’s his most questionable response:
MARK GLAZE: Very often somebody will come at you. They might want to have a fistfight. They might come at you with an axe handle.
MATTHEWS: Would you consider the guy with the axe handle armed or not?
GLAZE: Not with a gun.
MATTHEWS: I would consider him armed.
GLAZE: I have a word for him. I grew up in Colorado where my dad was a gun dealer, and a guy who shoots somebody who has anything other than a gun when they could have done something else like talk or fight with their fists –
MATTHEWS: How do you talk to a guy with an axe handle?
GLAZE: Well, you fight him. You run away. You deescalate the situation.
You fight him? Really? That’s a reckless piece of advice that could endanger viewers. We’re not condoning the use of a firearm the moment you feel threatened but if an aggressor is attempting to inflict harm with a blunt item such as an axe handle you’re well within your right to defend yourself…by any means necessary.