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Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Good Guns Save Lives

It’s no secret that the mainstream media ignore events that don’t fit with leftist ideology. Here’s a story you probably didn’t hear on the news. 19-year-old Manuel Garcia took a gun to the San Antonio restaurant where his ex-girlfriend worked. She wasn’t present, but he opened fire on other employees who then fled next door to a movie theater. Garcia ran after them, shooting in the parking lot and inside the movie theater. Garcia wounded one person, but the evening did not become a disaster like happened in Aurora, Colorado. Off-duty sheriff officer Lisa Castellano was in the theater that night and was carrying a gun. She ordered Garcia to drop his weapon, he refused, and she shot him. He was then arrested by another off-duty officer.

The media reaction was silence. Funny thing, there was hardly any coverage outside of San Antonio. That’s particularly striking when you consider that this happened just a couple days after the Newtown, Connecticut school shooting. This was at a time when the media and the left were obsessively asking what could be done to prevent another mass shooting. Their suggestion, of course, was gun control, taking guns away from law-abiding citizens. But when a mass shooting was prevented, the media turned a blind eye.

When an armed citizen stops a shooting rampage before anyone dies, that doesn’t fit with the leftwing narrative. The media would rather have a story that allows them to demonize gun owners. How different the tragedies in Newtown and Aurora might have been if there had been a movie patron or a teacher with a gun. Citizens with guns have a far better track record at stopping mass murders than do liberal anti-gun policies, most of which have the contrary effect instead of increasing gun violence. The lesson here is: the best way to stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun.

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