We won’t hear much about this, because a mass shooting didn’t happen. One was prevented. We only hear about the tragedies, because unfortunately, that’s what viewers want to know about. People don’t find good news stories all that interesting.
One of the “arguments” anti-gun zealots make against guns is that they’ve never been used to prevent mass shootings. Brit Pierce Morgan (remember him?) would want examples of gun owners preventing mass murders. From his perspective, guns have only been used to commit massive, gruesome crimes.
The thing is, you can’t really come up with an example of someone preventing a mass shooting. There’s no way to tell for sure that a mass shooting would have occurred had the good guy with a gun not taken action.
In this case, a disgruntled customer started shooting in a Philadelphia barbershop where several people were. It just so happened that as he began opening fire, another customer came in who was armed and took the guy out. The initial shooter died on the way to the hospital. Who knows what would have happened if he had been able to keep shooting. The Daily Caller reported:
Warren Edwards, 40, was involved in an argument at Falah Barbershop at around 3 p.m. A witness told WTFX that when a barber at the West Philadelphia business told Edwards to “chill out,” he pulled a gun and began shooting.
Between eight and 10 people were in the barbershop at the time, including children.
Police said a customer who had just walked into the barbershop pulled out his own gun and shot Edwards several times, hitting him in the chest. Edwards died on the way to the hospital.
“The person who responded was a legal gun permit carrier,” Philadelphia police department Cpt. Frank Llewellyn said, according to CBS Philly. “He responded and I guess he saved a lot of people in there.”
“Could have been a lot worse if it wasn’t for this guy who responded and basically saved a lot of people in there,” Llewellyn added.
Even the police gave the guy credit for saving other people’s lives. I think in this case, it’s fair to say that this concealed carrier prevented a mass shooting.