CCWs and Preventing Mass Shootings

If you listen to any of the media outlets recently, you would believe that every person that legally buys a gun must be one step away from a murderous rampage. This line of thinking is especially menacing when spoken by California’s own Lt. Governor, Gavin Newsom. Newsom’s latest anti-gun efforts have been trashed by the Sacramento Bee as ‘phony.’

But do Newsom’s statements that gun violence is out of control and that gun owners precipitate violence hold water? Not quite. Studying recent news about the role of

The Chicago Tribune reported earlier in 2015 about an Uber driver that observed 22 year old Everardo Custodio shooting into a crowd. The driver immediately pulled out his legal carry piece and shot Custodio. This action doubtless saved many lives and injuries.

A similar situation played out in the Chattanooga terrorist attack in July. Military policy banned most soldiers from carrying on grounds. However, it is believed, as reported by the Washington Post, that one of the Marines killed at the Navy Operational Support Center may have fired back with his own pistol. It is thought that the Marine had been carrying and that the terrorist, Mohammad Youssef Abdulazeez may have been injured by the Marine. Quick thinking may have saved lives that day, and was just another example of a gun free zone being a prime target for the mentally ill.

A similar shooting in Luzerne County, PA was prevented in 2012 when a concealed carry holder shot an assailant that killed one and wounded another in a bar, as reported by local WNEP.

Even the Huffington Post carried comments from Detroit’s Police Chief James Craig about concealed carry. “Good Americans with CPLs translates into crime reduction, too. I learned that very quickly in the state of Maine. A lot of CPL holders,” Craig said.

As Lt. Governor Newsom should note, the only thing that can stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. Not so much if his ballot initiative passes.