Two stories from Philadelphia have caught our eye.
The first comes with a very happy ending.
It involved someone who was a card-carrying good guy. It is the story is of a 40-year-old man who carried, along with his CCW license, his pistol and the knowledge, skills and attitude to use it safely and effectively to save innocent life.
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Police say the lives of several people were likely saved by a man who shot and killed a gunman inside a West Philadelphia barbershop.
It happened just before 3 p.m. Sunday inside Falah Barbershop Inc. along the 600 block of North Preston Street in the city’s Mantua section.
Police say a 40-year-old man was inside the barbershop when he started fighting with another person inside. The altercation quickly escalated and the man pulled out a gun and opened fire.
At that point, authorities say, another unidentified man took out his own gun and the shot the gunman multiple times in the chest. He was rushed to Presbyterian Hospital where he later died from his injuries.
And then there was a second story from Philadelphia. It involves a man who didn’t carry a gun, but probably should have, while walking his dog.
That’s because two young up-and-coming members of America’s criminal class decided they were bored playing basketball and thought it would be entertaining to scare someone with a pistol they were carrying. They thought it was fun to then shoot the man in the face as he pled for his life.
Philadelphia (NY Daily News) – Two 15-year-old Philadelphia boys face murder charges for shooting a man while he walked his dog, firing the final round as he pleaded for his life, authorities said.
The cold-hearted teens and a 14-year-old boy targeted 51-year-old James Stuhlman for a robbery after they tired of playing basketball, police Captain James Clark told reporters.
So, the question I have for our gentle readers: Who would you rather be? Would you rather be an armed and safe citizen or would you rather be an unarmed and helpless victim?
You don’t have to be a helpless victim.
Empower yourself: Buy a gun.
Get training. Get licensed. Carry.