Armed Citizen Puts An End To Escalated Argument

AP Photo/Wilson Ring

There are some people you should never argue with, especially if you’re an armed citizen. You probably know the type, too. I’m talking about the people who can’t seem to just disagree. They take you having a different opinion as if it’s some kind of personal affront. These are the guys who will take a discussion on the best ice cream topping and turn it into a fistfight.

I don’t know if the guy in a recent incident in Houston was that type, but it could have gotten ugly if he hadn’t been faced with an armed citizen.

Houston police said the shooting was reported at a place of business where the gun owner worked in the 8500 block of West Montgomery Road around 1 p.m.

Police said the 27-year-old man walked into the business and asked associates about the 59-year-old man’s whereabouts. Police said the man 59-year-old man was outside on a work break when he and the 27-year-old got into an argument. Police said the 27-year-old pulled out a gun during the fight.

Then, the 59-year-old man told investigators that he pulled out a gun he owned and shot the man in self-defense, according to police. The man who was shot crashed his vehicle in an attempt to flee but then fled the scene on foot, police said. Officers later found him in the area and paramedics took him to a nearby hospital, police said.

So far, it seems no charges have been filed for either man, though that’s bound to change in the near future.

Still don’t think there’s a reason why someone would need to carry a firearm at work unless they’re a police officer or something?

Look, I don’t know just what went down here. What I do know is that arguments should never become gunfights. Yet if they do, it’s far, far better to have a gun. Gunfights suck, but they really suck if you don’t have one.

Yet many people want to create laws that would bar people like this man from being armed. What would he have done if this younger man had pulled a gun but he’d been disarmed?

Died, most likely.

As it is, no one is dead. The alleged aggressor was wounded, but no life was lost. So much for guns only being for killing people, huh?

Honestly, I don’t know what the two were arguing about, but I can’t imagine it being something worth shooting someone else over. It would be kind of ironic if they were arguing about gun control, though. What I do know, though, is that sometimes it’s better to walk away from an argument than allow it to escalate.

When you’re the one at work and they seek you out to get into the argument with you, however, that’s a lot harder to do. If it’s someone who is the kind that would pull a gun over an argument, then you’d better be able to have your own gun. No law needs to stop that because the first guy? He doesn’t seem the kind of person to be dissuaded from walking around armed by pesky things like laws.

After all, the laws that say not to shoot someone sure as hell didn’t do much to discourage him.

Nov 26, 2021 10:30 AM ET