I was surfing around Facebook the other day and I ran across this story about a CPL holder, Byron Wilson, in Houston who answered the call. You can read the whole story at the link but the summary, a gun-wielding crazy guy opened fire on a group of innocent people. Mr. Wilson was not obligated to do anything and even the story doesn’t say that he stopped the threat but think, for a moment, about what he was willing to do. There is nothing in the story about whether he was protecting his family or simply stepping up knowing that others were in danger. The fact is, there are always going to be crazy people intent on causing others harm. They will use whatever tools they can get their hands on. There was a story a few months ago about a women who crashed her car into a crowd of people which proves almost anything can be used if the intent is to harm many at a time.
What bugged me the most was that this story never made it to the main-stream media. Why is it that the only think the biased media wants to talk about is bad people doing bad and never the good people trying to stop bad people? I suppose it is a bit of a rhetorical question because I know the reason, there are fewer ratings talking about good people trying to stop bad people. The frequency with which we hear about mass shootings, bomb threats, knife attacks on campuses seem to be increasing — almost to the point of it not making the number one story in some news markets. What this brave man did in Houston just goes to show that there are good folks still out there despite the lack of news coverage.
What I found most encouraging is that Mr. Wilson, with complete disregard for his own safety, drew his pistol and attempted to engage this fanatic. While most run from the sound of chaos, this brave man ran towards the gunfire. Nothing legally requires a CPL holder to take action. This decision was a purely moral and ethical choice. He decided he would try to make a difference. While I honestly don’t believe everyone should move to engage in the same situation (based solely on the level of training most have achieved with firearms – offensive and defensive firearms skills are not identical), Mr. Wilson made a choice to do so and for that he should be commended. Well done, sir!! Here are my hopes for a speedy recovery and thank you for taking the initiative.