Three stories today about carriers responding to active threats in their communities. Two are worthy of praise, while the third gives us a great example of what not to do.
In Seattle recently, a concealed carrier named Scott Brown held a knife-wielding man at gunpoint until police arrived. The man had been in a custody battle with his girlfriend over their 5-year-old child, and just before this confrontation, he had fatally stabbed her in a busy downtown area.
Because he has plenty of room to maneuver, Brown decides to continually maintain his distance and repeatedly gives the man verbal orders to drop the knife. At one minute into the video, an overzealous passer-by makes the decision to get in between the gun and the knife, stepping way too close to douse the murderer in pepper spray, which could have made this day end up even worse. When the police show up, Brown immediately points to the threat with a free hand and lays his firearm on the ground.
Another good Samaritan in Kansas City stepped in to stop the savage beating of a woman inside a car at the intersection in front of his house. The gun owner expresses shock that no one else nearby stepped in to help the women. You can see a video report on that here, or by clicking the image below.
In the third story, a security officer at a T-Mobile store in Houston saw a man stealing a cell phone in the store and instead of controlling his movement until police arrived, he drew his weapon and fired 10 shots at the man. One of those shots made its way to a nearby McDonald's drive through and struck a 6-year-old girl. She survived, and is expected to recover fully. The security guard is being charged.
As citizens who choose to carry, or even protect others' lives and property professionally, we are responsible for every round that leaves our firearms. No cell phone is worth killing someone over, especially when that someone could easily be an innocent child.
Are you confident you'd know when to hold a violent offender? When to not pull the trigger? When your adrenaline and the chaos of unexpected events takes over, will you have the training under your belt to remain level-headed, ready to do what you must, but able to restrain impulse?