Armed Citizen Puts Down Bad Guy In Washington State

Anti-gunners love to pretend that law-abiding gun owners are a threat to humanity. They dismiss any claims of self-defense as “cowboy daydreams” or “wannabe Ramboism.” It’s not something they see as a real thing.

Meanwhile, a law-abiding gun owner put down a shooter at a Wal-Mart in Washington state.

An armed civilian took down a shooter after at least two people were shot Sunday night at a Washington state Walmart, police said.

Tumwater police said the civilian, described by officers as a good Samaritan, shot and killed the suspect at the scene.

On Monday night, KIRO 7 confirmed the civilian is a pastor and works with the Oakville Fire Department, where he is a lieutenant and an emergency medical technician.

The shooting happened just after 5:30 p.m. at the Walmart Supercenter in Tumwater, about 65 miles south of Seattle.

“I heard two bangs. It sounded like gunshots to me,” witness Robert Berwick said. “I looked down the aisle and saw a person running.”

That’s when Berwick ran, too. There was chaos in the parking lot, and he said the shooting suspect tried to carjack another man. That’s when the suspect was shot.

In other words, the good guy put the bad guy down. But if he hadn’t, it appears there were plenty of others willing to step in.

Another witness to the shooting, Megan Chadwick, said her husband saw the civilian take down the shooter.

“He said he watched him (the shooter) take his last breath,” Chadwick said. “There were three civilians going after him (the shooter) to shoot him and two of them had their guns up — and then the third guy shot him through the window of the car.”

So, tell me again how an armed citizenry is a bad thing?

It should be noted that Chadwick said her husband was armed as well. As a result, there were at least four armed citizens who were on hand to protect human life from someone who held no regard for it. Talk about a bad guy having a bad day.

From the sounds of it, the suspect was running because he met resistance almost immediately. However, that’s not confirmed, and earlier reports are a little sketchy.

What we do know is that the bad guy was stopped because armed citizens were on hand to deal with it. Several armed citizens.

I can’t speak for everyone in the gun rights community, but that’s what I’d like to see throughout the country. I’d love to see bad guys trying to do bad things met with resistance from multiple armed citizens who make it clear that such things will not be tolerated. Not everyone needs to be armed, but anyone who wants to carry a firearm should be able to.

The result of that is what happened. Like I said, a bad day for the bad guy. Even if he’d survived, it would have been a bad day.

If you want to reduce violent crime, you need to dissuade criminals from committing violent crimes. The best way to do that? Ask the folks of Tumwater, Washington.