Chicago has become renowned throughout the country for its sky-high murder rate. Hardly a week goes by without reports of dozens of people shot or killed. The city is unable to keep its citizens safe and, despite the danger posed to innocent citizens by criminals, city officials continue to try to push crime solutions that start with more gun control. But not every shooting in the city is a bad one.
Recently a young man attempted to rob a woman at gunpoint at a bus stop. The 19-year-old attacker had a lengthy criminal history, including attacking police officers who attempted to arrest him during a drug raid. It hasn’t been publicized too widely in Illinois and in most other areas of the country, but Illinois was forced by courts several years ago to issue concealed carry permits to those citizens who applied for them and who could fulfill the requirements (lack of criminal record, etc.) to obtain one.
Unfortunately for this criminal his victim, a 25-year-old woman, had a gun of her own. She drew her gun and shot her attacker, killing him. While the would-be robber will be mourned by gun control proponents who will cite him as yet another child falling victim to gun violence, we can be pretty sure that both police and residents of Chicago won’t mourn the demise of a criminal who will no longer be able to terrorize the streets of the city.
Had this robbery occurred ten years ago, this young lady wouldn’t have had a gun and would have found herself robbed at best, or raped and murdered at worst. Or, if she had decided to carry a gun in contravention of the “law,” she would have found herself facing criminal charges and prison time. Instead, she is still alive and able to provide for herself and her family.
She is just one more example of the benefits of gun ownership and the necessity of allowing individuals to be able to protect themselves. No policeman would have been able to save her from a gruesome fate, but because she took matters into her own hands she is still alive today to testify to the benefits of gun ownership and concealed carry.