Concealed carry is not for the faint of heart, but then thwarting evil is ever a dangerous business . . .
‘He thought he could help’: Concealed carry gun-wielder intervenes in domestic dispute and is shot dead
. . . for oft evil will shall evil mar.
T.J. Antes a "concealed carry permit holder was trying to intervene in a domestic dispute . . .
Instead, he was killed."
There are lessons to learn here. Mr. Antes did some things right, and made a fatal mistake as well. Overall, Mr. Antes acted in the way we should expect a Marine to act, as a counterpoint to evil, in an attempt to stop a violent man from further violence.
The fatal error is not a dint on what Mr. Antes did but should be evaluated to keep others from making the same mistake. The general rule is once the person acting violent breaks off the encounter, the concealed carry holder should as well. This is not hard and fast, but once the chance of violence has declined, placing oneself in harms way becomes increasingly difficult to justify. This outcome shows us why.
Temper fi, and condolences to his family. I am sure he will be greatly missed. I appreciate his attempt to maintain order in a world seeking to spin ever into chaos. His actions where the actions of a man attempting to do good, and thwart evil, but as evil will, it ultimately destroyed itself by killing Mr. Antes. A long prison sentence for Bradden is the only likely outcome from this encounter.
Once part of the story needs to be corrected because it is simply factually wrong.
The "journalist" writes, "As the number of states allowing people to carry guns has increased, reports of injuries and deaths have also risen." This is an absolutely false statement.
Some background history, the general move from "may issue" to "shall issue" concealed handgun licensing for most states occurred from the mid 1980s through about 2005 when the emphasis shifted from a move to "shall issue" to "Constitutional carry", essentially the right to carry without the need for a permit.
FBI statistics show that in 1960 the rate of violent crime in the US was 160.9 per 100,000 population. The violent crime rate rose unrelentingly thereafter. And by the mid 1980s the states were taking action to allow their citizens to protect themselves by adopting "shall issue" concealed carry laws.
by 1986 the violent crime rate was 620.1 per 100,000 population. As the states increasingly adopted concealed carry laws the violent crime rate slowed, plateaued and then reversed. The rate was 758.1 in 1991, and then dropped to 506.5 in 2000, and further dropped to 469.0 in 2005. During the slow early adoption of "shall issue" concealed carry laws by states the violent crime rates continued to rise somewhat, but as more states adopted these laws, the crime rate plateaued, and finally dropped. The violent crime rate today after myriad states have adopted "Constitutional carry" is even lower at 375.7 per 100,000 population.
There is no evidence to support the fact that reports of injuries and deaths has also risen. The evidence does support a serious decline in violent crime, however. The same evidence holds for murder in the US and nearly every other serious or violent crime.
The "journalist" points the readers to a few anecdotal stories as apparent proof.
In a different vein, it is interesting that the new face of the American $20 bill will be a black, republican, gun toting, chick who fought the Democrat party for the liberty of an entire peoples, and, with a bit of help, won! You go girl! I would do anything to get rid of the racist, Democrat bigot front man on the bill today. Thanks Obama! Perhaps for the first time I actually mean it.