Good guys with guns.
They save lives, stop violence and benefit America.
That’s why the left won’t want you hear about what really happened in Springfield, Missouri Thursday afternoon.
Around 4:10 p.m., the Springfield police were dispatched to a Walmart Neighborhood Market.
An armed man had walked into the store wearing body armor and fatigues and carrying a loaded rifle.
According to the Springfield News-Leader, the sight of the suspect caused store patrons to run from the store.
“As shoppers were panicking and fleeing the store,” the News-Leader reported, “the man was taking video on his phone and making comments to people while pushing a shopping cart.”
But it wasn’t the police that stopped him. It wasn’t a SWAT team. It wasn’t federal law enforcement or even Walmart security.
It was a good guy with a gun.
The armed suspect “was detained by an armed off-duty fireman until officers arrived on scene and took the suspect into custody,” according to a Springfield Police report. “No injuries were reported and no shots were fired.”
Does it sound like a calm, armed good guy helped stave off a potentially tragic and deadly situation?
Yes. Yes, it does.
The suspect’s name is Dmitriy N. Andreychenk. He has been charged “for 1st degree making a terrorist threat,” according to the report.
Andreychenko is “lucky he’s alive still” considering the situation he created, a police official said.
The investigation has not released any motivation for the suspect’s actions, but Springfield Police Lt. Mike Lucas said, according to the News-Leader, “his intent obviously was to cause chaos here, and he did that.”
DEVELOPING: A heavily armed man walked inside a Missouri Walmart triggering panic among shoppers. This comes just days after a mass shooting at a Walmart in El Paso left 22 dead. ABC News’ Gio Benitez reports. pic.twitter.com/4mE7Azjoj5
— ABC World News Now (@abcWNN) August 9, 2019
The open carrying of firearms is permitted in Missouri, as long as the weapon is not displayed in a “threatening manner,” according to the National Rifle Association.
To be clear, Andreychenko did not shoot anyone. It is not clear whether he even had any intent to do so.
But even the most avid gun enthusiasts would know that filming people in a public place while dressed in body armor and while visibly armed with multiple tactical weapons and then fleeing out of an emergency exit doesn’t respect the serious responsibility of gun ownership.
And whether Andreychenko had deadly intentions or simply foolish ones, it’s obvious that Springfield is fortunate that a good guy with a gun was there that day.
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