Even though he was at a church, this concealed carrier was prepared to save a woman’s life.
While Colorado has been a place of intense attacks on the Second Amendment, a woman is alive today because of a concealed carrier in Boulder.
The Daily Camera reports, “Boulder police: Armed witness rescued woman from attempted murder outside church.”
An enraged drunken man had a knife to his estranged wife’s throat as she said what she thought was her final prayer before dying. He had already stabbed her in the abdomen.
They were in a church parking lot where she regularly attended. One of the church employees saw the incident. He saw the argument turn into a violent attack.
And he drew his concealed weapons and rescued the woman.
“He was familiar with the woman as a regular parishioner on Thursday evenings,” Detective Sgt. Jim MacPherson said.
“He saw (Haro-Luna) put his arm around her neck. She had actually started saying her prayers. She thought she was going to die right there.”
The witness has a permit to carry a concealed handgun, MacPherson said.
“He presented (the gun) and told the man to leave her alone,” he added. “It was very fortunate he was there.”
Seeing the weapon, police say, Haro-Luna fled the parking lot and was captured shortly thereafter at the corner of Broadway and Mapleton Avenue by officers who subdued him with a Taser.
Haro-Luna, 47, was arrested on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and felony menacing.
He is being held at the Boulder County Jail on $200,000 bond and will next appear in court Tuesday for an official filing of charges.
The victim, 41, was rushed to Boulder Community Health for emergency surgery. She had been stabbed in the abdomen, police say.
Deputy Chief Curtis Johnson said Thursday night she had sustained “serious” stab wounds, but police said Friday she was recovering and “doing well” following surgery.
The incident marks the second time police have arrested Haro-Luna on domestic violence-related offenses, MacPherson said.
The story goes on to report that many have told the Sheriff’s office, when applying for concealed carry permits, that they were concerned by stories of church shootings and wanted to be able to protect themselves and others.
Notice that this is the second incident but the husband was free to attack again. One way some might respond to this incident is to decide that we need tougher laws so that no one ever has a second chance after a first offense. But that would sweep up many people who don’t commit second crimes or escalate the violence.
A much better solution is to grow into a population where a higher percentage of people are armed. More guns will mean that everyone will know that they are far less likely to get away with violence. They will be stopped. They might get killed.
It is great to have the police arrest criminals and prosecutors bring them to trial, but the first line of defense for the people are the people themselves. The police would probably have jailed this attacker even without the armed bystander. But the wife would probably be dead.