Police: Shot fired in brawl over parking space
near UC campus
This story popped up on my local news app this morning, and I thought that it was pertinent to share considering some of the things said surrounding
the gun debate, specifically concerning concealed carry.
The general rundown is that two women decided to attack another woman in a parking garage over a parking spot--how goddamn petty is that? Anyhow,
these two women sent the victim to the hospital with "significant, but non-life-threatening injuries." So, where does the weapon that was fired come
Well, "luckily" (it's a conscious choice, not luck) the victim was legally licensed to carry a concealed weapon, and she was doing so at the time.
Police said two women attacked a third woman over a dispute for a parking spot in the area.
The victim – a CCW permit holder – fired one shot into the ground, police said.
Police said they determined that the woman who fired the shot was protecting herself.
The other two women were arrested on assault charges.
Now, where this story is short on details, it's big on implications that many anti-gun or anti-Second Amendment people want to ignore: The ability to
carry a firearm on one's person has a perfectly reasonable place in society.
I read some of the comments associated with this story on WLWT's Facebook page
, and of course I saw all of
the hypothetical what-ifs from obvious anti-gun folks: What if the bullet ricocheted and hit a child?; What if her life wasn't in danger?; What if the
shot had killed one of the attackers?; Why did she fire the weapon, the attackers didn't have weapons; She obviously wasn't in danger, as the injuries
aren't life-threatening; etc., etc.
What the people asking these questions fail to understand is--well, a lot of things, but most importantly, that the law allows for the use of deadly
force any time that you truly feel that your life is in danger. Yes, this is a very subjective determination, and sometimes people find themselves
having to defend the decision in front of a judge, but that is a much better outcome than your family and friends possibly attending your funeral
instead, or sitting at your bedside while your in a coma from your beating.
I do enough training to know that fists and feet are absolutely, 100% deadly weapons, even when wielded by the untrained individual. The point is that
the legal right of the individual citizen to keep and bear arms, backed by SCOTUS rulings and writings and quotes from the Founding Fathers, as
personal protection is a fundamental right in our nation (even though some pretentious states presume a right to pick and choose who can exercise that
right), and in many instances, the gun is the only equalizer in situations like this.
I am a proud carrier of a concealed weapon, and my wife soon will be, too (application is "in the mail" [online]), but I hope to never have to use it.
In this situation above, the attackers are lucky that one or both did not end up dead, because most of us learn that if you pull out your firearm and
squeeze that trigger, you better be read to destroy the threat in front of you.
I don't recommend firing intentionally at a concrete ground, but I don't know if that was intentional in this instance or just a missed shot from a
panicked individual, but I would much rather have to explain why an attacker is in surgery with a bullet in their torso than why a stray bullet caused
unintentional damage to someone or something. But the fact remains that she was justified in her use of the weapon, and anyone who comments that her
life was not in possible danger know little-to-nothing about what can happen during a multiple-attacker scenario.
And all of this over a parking spot.
The ironic thing is, the one with the firearm followed all laws, whereas the ones "without weapons*" are being charged with breaking the law.
Let that sink in, and remember, add this to the always-growing list of appropriate and justified defensive uses of firearms in everyday, unexpected
* Fists and other body parts used in an attack can legally be considered weapons. The more you know...
edit on 9-3-2018 by SlapMonkey because:
(no reason given)