The United States was founded by heroic men and women who knew that in order to protect and diminish crime, its’ citizens need to be equipped to defend themselves in times of emergency.
In Dallas, Texas, 71-year-old Ronnie Lummus is such a hero to his wife and 2nd amendment supporters.
Tuesday night as Lummus and his wife were leaving a grocery store, an unidentified man approached the couple and snatched a necklace from Mrs. Lummus’ neck.
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Mr. Lummus, feeling threatened by the robbery, countered the theif with his handgun, which he made useful as the thief turned with the snatched goods and began running away. The suspected theif was shot and later died of his wounds as he tried to leave the scene.
Lummus’ case will be referred to a Texas grand jury, but he has not been charged with a crime, as he is a law-abiding concealed carry permit holder.
Despite the sadness that surrounds any death (particularly when someone dies from making obviously bad choices), we need to bring to light that this situation could have been the polar opposite if Mr. Lummus were not allowed to have a method of self-defense that did not rely on his own physical strength. If the thug had known that Mr. Lummus wouldn’t be carrying a gun, would he have stopped at stealing a single necklace?
Study after study reveals that as an increase in the number of Americans with concealed carry permits is seen, so too is a decrease in the percentage of violent crimes.
A study conducted by the Crime Prevention Research Center earlier this year showed that 11.1 million Americans now carry concealed weapons, a significant increase from the 4.5 million in 2007. That same study showed that murder rates for that time period dropped from 5.6 to 4.4 per 100,000.
(h/t: The Conservative Tribune)