News Flash: Recently, at a Phillies baseball game in Philadelphia, an argument began between two groups of men over some spilled beer.
The argument grew into a melee, and security guards threw everyone out. Afterwards, in the parking lot, three men from one of the groups jumped one man from the other group who was trying to leave the angry and violent scene. The three men beat, kicked and stomped the other man to death. By the time the police arrived, it was too late. The victim suffered severe head trauma and was pronounced dead right there by medics.
Trained, resolute, armed senior citizens increase their chances of surviving a violent attack.
All I could think of after reading this headline news story in the Philadelphia Inquirer was that if the victim had a gun on him, he might have been able to save his life. This would have been a clear case of the justifiable use of deadly force in self defense. The three murderers started the violence, escalated it, and had a marked disparity of force in numbers and size over their victim.
Carrying a gun regularly is a big commitment and responsibility. It’s not always convenient, nor is it always comfortable. However, as noted firearms trainer and gun writer Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch is fond of repeating, the concealed firearm is not meant to be comfortable; it is meant to be comforting.
by Bruce N. Eimer Ph.D.