Anti-gunners and the liberal media often argue that law-abiding gun owners do little to actually stop criminals. They say carrying doesn’t actually make them, others or their communities safer. Well, these cases prove otherwise.
While the numbers are not yet in for December, according to the Crime Prevent Research Center, in November, people legally carrying firearms stopped 22 attacks across the U.S. – and those are just incidents that occurred in public.
Here are some takedowns on the list worth highlighting.
A woman walking her dog in Sterling Heights, Michigan was able to scare off her attacker by pulling out her concealed firearm (via Fox 32 Chicago).
Police say she noticed a man get out of the van on the other side of the street and started walking parallel to her. Feeling uneasy, the woman, who is in her 40s, and a CPL holder, says she immediately put her hand on her gun that was hidden under her jacket.
Keeping her eye on the man, and continuing to hold her gun, she got to the end of the street and the suspect disappeared. But then not even a minute later, that’s when he came toward her.
“He grabbed the back of her jacket and tried to grab her and pull her towards him,” [Sterling Heights Police Chief Dale] Dwojakowski said.
The woman says she saw the man holding something shiny, possibly a knife.
“She put the gun into the suspect’s stomach and said, ‘I don’t want to kill you,'” Dwojakowski said.
Police say the man appeared shocked and quickly ran off.
A Louisiana man held a police chase suspect, who turned out to be an MS-13 gang member, at gunpoint until officers arrived (via KBMT-TV).
On Sunday around 9:15 a.m., Vidor Police were notified that the Louisiana State Patrol was chasing a Black Acura at speeds over 100 miles per hour.
The Vidor Police Department says 22-year-old Diego Gomez tried stealing a second vehicle after stop sticks took out his car near the 855B off ramp.
Jami Alford was in the passenger seat when the suspect tried to steal their truck.
“We started seeing this black Acura coming towards us and it was smoking really bad,” Alford said.
“We were pulling over to get out of the way and he pulled in behind us, he jumped out of the car and jumped in the bed of the truck. And then my husband jumped out of the truck and held him at gunpoint until police officers pulled up,” Alford said.
Vidor Police Chief Rod Carroll says Gomez is a member of the MS-13 gang.
According to Chief Carroll, the Vidor Police Department and Texas DPS troopers deployed tasers while Alford’s husband held the man at gunpoint. Gomez ripped the first set of prongs out and was attempting to fight officers. Gomez was placed into cuffs after the struggle.
A minister in Hillsborough, North Carolina foiled a break-in at his church and prevented the suspect from successfully getting away (via WRAL-TV).
Rev. Austin Brown…was studying in the church at about 3 p.m. when someone tried to break in, authorities said. Brown said that, when he saw the man in the church, he pulled out his gun and fired a shot at him. He then fired several more rounds at the fleeing man’s car.
As Orange County deputies searched the area, Sgt. Brandon Lassiter came upon Cory Vondell Bradshaw a few miles away with a spare tire in hand. Authorities said Bradshaw was forced to pull over because one of his tires was left flat by Brown’s gunshots…
Bradshaw dropped the tire and fled on foot when Lassiter confronted him, but he was apprehended at about 5 p.m. following a search of the woods in the Cedar Grove community.
As mentioned earlier, this list focuses on people who were able to stop crimes because they carry, and does not include cases in which homeowners used their firearms to ward off violent burglars, or even women (or men) using their weapons to protect themselves from violent partners. If it did, the list would likely be much longer.
The Crime Research Prevention Center highlights other examples of law-abiding citizens using their firearms to protect themselves and others in 2017, both out in public and at home. It’s just too bad you never hear about these stories in the mainstream media. We’d like to say 2018 will be different, but we all know that won’t be the case.