Yes, it is true. I have some liberal friends. I have even on occasion conversed with some people who are (gasp) socialists. I didn’t much like the socialists and I think the liberals only tolerate me in some “affirmative action” sort of way. Perhaps they think they are required to have a conservative friend in order to claim they embrace diversity.
My liberal friends often want an explanation as to “what kind of person” feels the need to carry a gun. Apparently, many liberals think anyone who carries a gun falls into one of three different categories: paranoid, Wild West cowboy, redneck. Anti-gun folks see no reason why “good people” would carry guns and, therefore, find it very easy to believe that only “bad people” with bad intentions carry guns.
So I want to point out a story from the little town of Pinch, West Virginia. A would-be robber walked into the store with a gun, and the friendly local pharmacist drew his own gun and shot the robber. Eight people were in the store when the armed thug came in. He may not have said the words, but his intentions were made clear when he pulled the gun and announced the robbery: Give me what I want or I will kill you.
The pharmacist disagreed with that proposition and fought back. Three rounds later, the threat was stopped and people in the store provided first aid to the criminal. I will type that again. People in the store provided first aid to the criminal. They did this after the thug threatened to kill them, after the thug forced another man to use deadly force to stop the threat and after they had been traumatized by what they just went through.
Now let’s go back to that original question, “What type of people carry guns?” Good people carry guns. By and large, those good people do only good things with their guns. Honest citizens do not view a concealed carry permit as a hunting license. Most of us who carry every day are not going out looking for trouble. But when trouble comes to us, we demand the right to fight back any way we please. People who support concealed carry do not seek confrontation. We simply do not want to be told how we must respond when evil comes through our door.
The anti-gun crowd would have us all cower and wait for help to come. Most of the time help will not arrive before an attacker can carry out his plan. So that means the “help” will arrive in time to clean up the mess and look for the criminal. Even if police do catch the criminal and get a conviction, that conviction does not bring the victim of a violent crime back to life. That conviction does nothing to heal the physical wounds inflicted by the criminal. That conviction, if it occurs, is often a temporary annoyance to the criminal as he goes about his life of crime.
One option — the option preferred by those of us who carry concealed — is to give citizens the right to respond in kind. We may choose not to shoot. We may choose to shoot and then provide first aid. What we demand is the choice.
Does anyone think for a moment that the robber in this incident would have stopped to render first aid if he had shot someone in that store?
So when people ask me what kinds of people carry guns, I can point to men like the pharmacist in West Virginia. This man chose to dedicate his life to helping others. He chose a profession in a place where bad people can realistically be expected to steal drugs and money. He starts each day with a Bible verse, and no one knew about the gun on his hip until he used it to save the lives of the people in the store.
The saddest part of this story is that you can’t find it on the mainstream liberal media sites. The only stories there show people with guns as criminals. Criminals are not the only kinds of people who carry guns.
Note: To see the full story of this brave pharmacist, watch this local news report.