Last year a woman was raped in Sheriff Chuck Wright’s jurisdiction of Spartanburg County, South Carolina. His reaction was a classic:
It’s too bad someone with a concealed weapons permit didn’t walk by and hear the cries. That would have fixed this.
I’m tired of looking at victims saying, “There’s life after this” … I’m tired of saying, “We’re sorry, we can’t keep them in jail.”
I want you to get a concealed weapons permit. I don’t want you to go for the mace, I want you to go for the concealed weapons permit.
Gun control to me is when you can get your barrel back on the target quick. That’s gun control. Gun control for government purposes has never worked.
Carry a concealed weapon. That’ll fix it.”
Now it seems that someone heeded his advice and may have saved lives. From CBS Charlotte:
A South Carolina sheriff is praising a man with a concealed weapons permit who helped disarm someone who kicked in the door of a church armed with a shotgun.
“They locked the door and they were calling 911 at the time. He didn’t draw his weapon or make any move or action toward this gentleman until he kicked the door open and forced the issue,” Wright said.
After Gates kicked in the door, the pistol pointed at him distracted him enough that the pastor was able to grab the shotgun. Members of the church kept him down until deputies arrived, Wright said.”
How could it be any better? A bloodless outcome is the best case scenario.