Citizens with Guns Save Lives

Citizens with guns were confronted by a potential mass shooter. Because of their concealed legal firearms they were able to take him into custody.

Here is a refreshing story from Fox Carolina: “Firefighter: CWPs likely stopped deaths of children, firefighters.”

Firefighters said they may have stopped a massacre after a gunman surprised them at their station Tuesday.

The Aiken County Sheriff’s Office said deputies responded to the New Holland Fire Department’s Station 2 around 6:30 p.m. for a report of shots fired.

Firefighters said Chad Barker pulled up to the crowded fire station parking lot full of children and firefighters, got out of his car, and began firing in the air and at his vehicle. They say he also pointed the firearm at individual firefighters for lengthy periods of time.

“I came out of the office, saw the man with the gun, told everybody to leave out the back quickly that there was a man in the parking lot with a gun, and I was not kidding,” said Gary Knoll, a firefighter for New Holland.

Knoll said he and another firefighter who have concealed weapons permits pulled their guns on the gunman.

Knoll said Barker returned to his vehicle and firefighters carefully followed him with their weapons still drawn. After encouraging Barker to put the gun down, Knoll said Barker ultimately complied and Knoll grabbed the gun.

He said the group of firefighters detained Barker, who then began beating his head on the ground, until deputies arrived and locked him up. Barker has been charged with two counts of Pointing and Presenting a Firearm.

Citizens with guns prevent potential massacre of children and firefighters.


Guns aren’t the problem. It’s the person pulling the trigger. Ban guns, and the bad guys will still have them… and knives, and hammers, and hatchets, etc., etc.

[See also, “Video: Raped Woman Asks Why She is Forbidden to Carry a Firearm in Maryland.”]

Evil will always be with us, and though it’s sad to say, one of the best deterrents and restraints upon evil is to make sure you don’t restrict the ability of decent and honorable people to defend against evil when it shows up.

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