Concealed carry permit holders help maintain public safety every day in this country, but you wouldn’t know it from reading the anti-gun media. This article from the Washington Post, for example, asserts that guns should not be permitted in schools or churches because every year there are 34 unjustifiable “gun deaths” for every justifiable “gun death.”
There are myriad problems with these and other data sets, but they all contain one crucial, fundamental flaw: they don’t account for incidents in which a gun is never fired. Many times guns aren’t used to kill anyone—they’re simply used to make criminals run away or give up.
That’s precisely what happened Saturday afternoon in a Wal-Mart parking lot in Topeka, Kansas.
Witnesses told WIBW News Now that a concealed carry permit holder ended a potentially deadly fight between two men by showing his firearm and forcing the fighters to drop their weapons. The gun owner stopped the fight’s escalation without firing a shot, and authorities were able to transport one of the perpetrators to the hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
The fight started inside a Topeka Wal-Mart around 4 p.m. Witnesses say that one of the men exited the store to retrieve a bat from his car. He was stabbed by the other man in the process but was able to turn around and strike the man with his bat.
At that point a third individual—an older man who was not involved in the original fight—presented his firearm and told the men to stop fighting. They complied, and police were able to take one man into custody and transport the stabbing victim to the hospital.
WIBW reports that authorities have released the concealed carry permit holder after questioning.
This incident won’t appear in the Washington Post’s statistics, but it exemplifies one of the most important arguments in favor of deregulating the carrying of concealed weapons. In incidents like this one, a good guy (or gal) with a gun doesn’t need to kill anyone. He or she simply provides a deterrent to violence and puts a stop to the situation until the authorities arrive.
This logic applies to home defense as well. Local news stations do a good job covering home defense shootings, but they often neglect the cases in which no shots are fired. Considering the number of home defense shootings that are covered every week, how many incidents take place in which the mere presence of a gun is enough to deter a would-be attacker?
There are no reliable statistics that keep track of such events, but it is reasonable to assume that law-abiding citizens use guns every day, all across the country, to defend their homes and their loved ones without firing a shot.