But why do you feel the need to carry a gun? A self-defense weapon can be a great equalizer for both women and men who are being attacked with a pipe, baseball bat or a sharp knife. Of course, this story happened in April and it’s just getting national attention now on Drudge Report.
Some would say they would have liked to see the person carrying a self-defense weapon shoot the guy, but quite honestly if that did happen, the armed citizen might have some terrible nightmares after the shooting. Do you know what’s it’s like to shoot someone? I don’t want to know. The man also showed great restraint.
From ABC 4 in Salt Lake City.
A citizen with a gun stopped a knife wielding man as he began stabbing people Thursday evening at the downtown Salt Lake City Smith’s store.
Police say the suspect purchased a knife inside the store and then turned it into a weapon. Smith’s employee Dorothy Espinoza says, “He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people.”
Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. “There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms.”
Then, before the suspect could find another victim – a citizen with a gun stopped the madness. “A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith’s grabbed him.”
This citizen didn’t run. He didn’t hide. He did something and stopped an attack without firing a shot and may have certainly saved people’s lives.
What drives me a bit crazy is the talking head reporter referred to this hero as “another man who played cop.”