I have written many times that something should be done to stop the free flow of guns in this country and especially to keep them out of the hands of unstable people.
On the other hand I have been consistent in not outright opposing the right of the public to keep and bear arms; I just think we have to have some reasonable control — we do have some, depending upon where one lives.
And I won’t go into what the Second Amendment actually says or how it should be interpreted because it is not pertinent to the point this time and I don’t think it is crystal clear, when one considers its history.
But sometimes something happens and you have to say, thank god a citizen was armed.
If he survives, at least one Arizona trooper must be thinking this (if he is conscious) about now. I don’t have many details but I just read that a citizen came upon an Arizona Highway Patrol officer who had been shot by someone and who was being beat with a gun as well from his assailant. A good Samaritan happened upon the scene and told the assailant to stop. He did not. The good Samaritan shot the bad guy dead.
And while it might be dangerous if everyone took the law into his or her own hands, in this case justice and humanity was served.
This was reportedly on Interstate 10 in the Tonopah, Az. area about 50 miles west of Phoenix. Been there many times. It’s pretty lonely out there. Anyone might be well off to have his or her own weapon for protection.
And what would you do if you came up upon that? I have to ask myself that. Without a gun how do you face someone with one?
In a perfect world being armed would not be necessary.
This ain’t a perfect world.
Still the free flow of weapons is a problem. I don’t know the story of who the bad, and now thankfully dead guy was, but seems like he should not have had a gun.
Reading a subsequent story I see there was more than one citizen who came to the trooper’s aid. One used the trooper’s own radio to call for help, and I don’t know who did what, but one also retrieved the officer’s first aid kit and gave aid till more help arrived. This all has to be a good morale booster for law enforcement in general. Most citizens support the cops (except the cops who go bad of course).