Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Bring a Gun To Church?

Down in Boiling Springs, SC, not far from Spartanburg, where the local sheriff made headlines for advocating concealed carry of guns by women for self-defense.

Looks like the sheriff's advice might have prevented a tragedy in a church down there:

A South Carolina sheriff who urged women in his county to get a concealed weapons permit after a rape in a park last year says a congregant with a gun may have kept bloodshed from happening in a Spartanburg County church.

Authorities say 38-year-old Jesse Gates was armed with a shotgun when he kicked in a door Sunday at the Southside Freewill Baptist Church.

Sheriff Chuck Wright says the pastor’s grandson saw Gates coming toward the church with the gun. He pulled out his pistol and aimed it at Gates after he broke in. That allowed the pastor to take the shotgun away.

We're starting to see more of this scenario as more and more law-abiding citizens acquire concealed carry permits. After a while these encounters stop being anecdotes and start becoming statistical data, which can be used to shoot down even more gun control arguments.

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