Some conservatives like to quip, “The 2nd Amendment is my permit.” I think even that isn’t true. Remember, the Constitution doesn’t grant us rights. The whole idea was that these were God-given rights and that the government couldn’t take them away or give them. The Bill of Rights were written acknowledgments of these rights with explicit restrictions placed on the government, not the people.
A couple weeks ago, Kansas started allowing people to carry concealed guns without a permit. And if it weren’t for that law, three armed burglars may very well have gotten away with their crime. WIBW reported:
24-year-old Joey Tapley was a key witness in Friday’s armed robbery for weapons inside the Academy Sports and Outdoors store in Topeka.
He recalled the moments before the robbery, saying, “I was at the counter buying bullets with my cousin and I heard some loud bangs. I look up and they are just loading up weapons from the counter and then they run off and my instincts kicked in.”
Tapley followed the three suspects described only as white males ages 16 or 17, after they stole several rifles and an undisclosed amount of cash. Once outside, Tapley pulled out his own weapon.
“I told him drop the gun man, mine is loaded, just drop the gun. We made eye contact for a second or two and he dropped two guns and ran,” said Tapley.
Police officers arrested the teens along with an unidentified woman in the area of Southwest 6th and Fairlawn. The teenage boys were booked into the Juvenile Center on assault, burglary and robbery charges. The female was booked on conspiracy to commit aggravated robbery.
Tapley who carries his gun without a concealed carry permit says his heroics wouldn’t have been possible without Governor Brownback’s approval of the law that took effect just under 2 weeks ago on July 1.
“Thats why Kansas made the law. So citizens can carry and protect themselves and others. I guess my instincts just took over,” said Tapley.
All the cash and rifles stolen were recovered by the Topeka police. Kansas is just one of five states to allow it’s residents to carry concealed firearms without a permit.
No one was hurt or killed, and Tapley’s actions delayed the suspects long enough for the police to be able to apprehend all those involved and return money and rifles to the owners. It’s ridiculous to think that if this had happened just three weeks ago, the police would have been able to nab Tapley for carrying a firearm without a permit and maybe brandishing.