When Seconds Count: How Heroic Gun Owners' Quick Actions Saved Lives in 2 Blue Cities

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Chicago has seen a rise in defensive gun uses, as crime persists and firearm ownership rises there. This story is the latest in which a lawful gun owner used his weapon to defend his life, as well as others. As more people realize that the government can’t protect them, these numbers will likely increase nationwide.


Here’s how it went down:

Chicago Police said three men, ages 26, 33 and 31, were standing near a vehicle on West Devon Avenue at about 3:30 a.m. on Wednesday when they were approached by the suspect, CBS reported.

The suspect, who the three men said they did not know, flashed his handgun and demanded they fork over personal items.

The victims complied with the suspect’s demands until one of the victims pulled out his licensed concealed carry and fired shots at the suspect, CBS reported.

The unidentified suspect was transported to a local hospital with gunshot wounds to the torso, as well as a gunshot graze to the head.

This incident adds to a series of cases in Chicago where legally armed citizens have successfully thwarted crimes. There have been at least 44 instances between 2020 and February 2023 where concealed carry or licensed gun owners stopped attacks or crimes. Recently, a Chicago mom and concealed carry holder filed a lawsuit against the city and police officers, after she and her son were initially arrested and charged with murder for shooting a man who had attacked her.


The Windy City is not the only one that has seen a significant rise in defensive gun uses. The same has been happening in Philadelphia.

This story serves as a powerful example of why responsible gun ownership is crucial. In this particular incident, the concealed carry holder was able to defend himself and the two other men from an armed robbery suspect. Law enforcement, who are often the first responders in such situations, would not have been present at that exact moment to protect the victims – even if one of them had the opportunity to call 911.

This highlights the importance of individual responsibility for personal safety and the ability to take immediate action when faced with a threat. The bottom line is that we are our own first line of defense against evil people who wish to victimize us.

Unfortunately, incidents like this occur every day to individuals who do not carry firearms for self-defense. Without a means to protect themselves, these victims are left vulnerable and dependent on the arrival of law enforcement, which is not exactly timely.

The outcomes of such encounters can often be tragic, with innocent individuals becoming victims of assault, robbery, or worse. Contrary to what the anti-gunner lobby will tell you, responsible gun ownership empowers individuals to take control of their own safety, offering a potential deterrent to criminals and the means to defend themselves when faced with immediate danger.


While it is essential to recognize that responsible gun ownership comes with the responsibility of proper training and maintenance, stories like these underscore the potential benefits of armed citizens. By being prepared to protect themselves and others, responsible gun owners can make a significant difference in life-threatening situations where law enforcement may not be readily available.



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