Last week we had one of those “good guy with a gun” moments that the Brady Bunch would have us believe never happens. Excerpt:
A man “opened fire” Thursday in an Oklahoma restaurant, leaving at least four people injured, before he was fatally shot by a bystander, police said.
The gunfire unfolded at about 6:30 p.m. local time at Louie’s on the Lake in Oklahoma City, Fox 25 News reported.
The unidentified shooter entered the restaurant and fired his gun, Oklahoma City Police tweeted, who later added that four people had been injured.And:
The man, police said, “was apparently shot-to-death by an armed citizen” outside the restaurant and there was “no indication of terrorism.”
I love a happy ending. This is a likely would-be mass shooter stopped by an armed citizen who, apparently, put one right in the ten ring and stopped the incident cold.
This isn’t an isolated incident. Look here and you’ll see quite a few more examples.
Now, I’m generally not a fan of utilitarian arguments for gun ownership; the Bill of Rights guarantees the right of law-abiding citizens to own guns, and that’s the best and final argument. But it’s been demonstrated that defensive uses of firearms in the United States outweighs the criminal use of firearms, and these are good data points to have when… discussing… the issue with would-be gun grabbers.
In any case, kudos to this as-yet-unnamed Oklahoma citizen. He was in the right place at the right time to stop what may have been an unspeakable act by a criminal scumbag.