There’s no reason for ordinary people to ever be armed — at least, that’s what those on the left often insist.
While liberals continue to push gun control legislation at nearly every opportunity, American citizens are busy protecting themselves and their families with lawfully owned firearms.
One such incident just occurred in Arizona, and the altercation ended without a single shot being fired.
It’s a nightmare situation that every parent dreads: According to police, a man attempted to abduct a young child right in public. But he didn’t count on a bystander being armed and prepared.
Phoenix PD patrolling neighborhood near 24th Drive and Union Hills after 11-year-old girl was almost abducted on way to school, according to PD. A man came out, saw what was happening, knocked the suspect down and pulled a gun on him. Suspect ran. #fox10phoenix pic.twitter.com/lr3lI9UvAU
— Ty Brennan (@TyFox10) April 8, 2019
KSAZ reported that an 11-year-old girl was walking to school last week when she was assaulted by an unknown suspect.
“According to Sgt. Tommy Thompson with Phoenix police, the suspect approached the girl from behind, grabbed her arm and pulled it behind her back and put his arm over her face while she was walking to school near 19th Avenue and Bell Road on April 3,” the station said.
But an apparent good Samaritan saw the incident unfold, and jumped into action. That person, who has not been identified, knocked the attacker down before drawing a concealed handgun and ordering the would-be kidnapper to keep his hands off the student.
Before the suspect could be detained, however, he fled the scene. Authorities are now asking for help from the public in coming forward with any available information.
“Police say the suspect is a black man with a very dark complexion, green eyes and has a stud-style nose ring in his left nostril. He was wearing a black hoodie,” reported KSAZ.
Although the Phoenix area has its share of crime, people near the site of the altercation were stunned at what happened. “Normally, that doesn’t happen in this kind of neighborhood. As you can tell, it’s kind of quiet,” one area resident told the news station.
“I’m kind of shocked at it, really,” added another.
The principal Village Meadows Elementary School appeared to confirm the incident in a letter that went home with students.
“A student reported to a Village Meadows teacher that on Wednesday, April 3, while walking to school, she was grabbed by a man from behind. A witness knocked the man down and told him to leave the student alone. The student was able to safely and quickly get away from the man,” principal Melissa Weinman wrote.
“Phoenix Police has issued a media advisory and will be monitoring the area around the school where students walk to and from school. We will continue to watch for strangers near campus and report them to police.”
While it may be surprising, the Phoenix metro area has been an abduction hotspot over the last decade. It was described as the “kidnapping capital of America” in 2009 by ABC News, based on crime numbers at that time.
But Arizona residents are hardly defenseless. In 2010, the state passed “permitless carry,” which allows non-criminals to legally carry a concealed weapon without a special permit.
That means it’s a bad idea to try to kidnap children or commit any other kind of serious crime in a state where guns are part of the culture, even though the left continues to urge more gun control.
Perhaps those liberals should meet with the family of this 11-year-old and explain to her why they don’t support her right to be defended, but instead push laws that would have left the good Samaritan unable to effectively deal with a potential kidnapper intent on abducting a girl.
That’s the problem with the liberal position on guns: They seem to never acknowledge that firearms are used for good. While criminal violence makes headlines, the lawful use of guns for self-defense often goes unnoticed.
Whether it’s an attempted kidnapping or a tragic mass shooting, crimes often unfold so quickly that police simply cannot respond fast enough, leaving citizens to fend for themselves.
“Armed and unarmed citizens engaged the shooter in 10 incidents,” an FBI report about mass shooters recently found. “They safely and successfully ended the shootings in eight of those incidents. Their selfless actions likely saved many lives.”
“The enhanced threat posed by active shooters and the swiftness with which active shooter incidents unfold support the importance of preparation by law enforcement officers and citizens alike,” that report continued.
While those findings were focused on mass shootings, the same principles apply to other crimes like kidnappings. As the saying goes, “when seconds count, police are minutes away.” Yet responsible armed citizens can make a difference, just as they did in Arizona.
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