When a Good Guy With a Gun Meets a Bad Guy With a Gun

What’s the difference between Orlando, Florida and Lyman, South Carolina?

For starters, 49 dead versus 3 injured.

From WISTV.com:

Deputies with Spartanburg County said a man faces multiple attempted murder charges after opening fire outside a nightclub early Sunday morning.

The shooting happened around 3:30 a.m. at Playoffz nightclub on Inman Road in Lyman.

Deputies said 32-year-old Jody Ray Thompson pulled out a gun after getting into an argument with another man and fired several rounds toward a crowd that had gathered out in front of the club.

“His rounds struck three victims, and almost struck a fourth victim, who in self-defense, pulled his own weapon and fired, striking Thompson in the leg,” Lt. Kevin Bobo said.


The man who returned fire had a legal concealed carry permit and was not charged in the altercation. If anything, he should be given the key to the city or something. That he was trained in the use of firearms, lawfully licensed, and prepared in the time of testing probably saved many lives that night, rather than resulting in another tragic news story of victimhood.

This is a perfect illustration of what Second Amendment proponents argue for every single day.

The best deterrent to bad guys with guns is not more laws. It is good guys with guns. In fact, the idea that they might actually get shot back at is probably the greatest deterrent, of all.


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