NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre was famously ridiculed in elite circles for his post-Newtown observation that “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Well, from the facts-are-stubborn-things department comes this item from Atlanta:
Police say an armed man trying to rob customers outside an Atlanta shoe store was fatally shot by one of the patrons waiting in line to buy sneakers.
WSB-TV reports the shooting happened Saturday morning in the city’s Little Five Points neighborhood, where people lined up outside Wish Clothing to buy new $180 sneakers endorsed by Miami Heat star LeBron James.
Witnesses told police a man armed with a gun tried to rob people standing outside the store. But one of the customers drew his own handgun and shot the robber. Police say the suspect ran just a few yards before he fell dead.
Atlanta police officer John Chafee says the shooter won’t be charged because investigators determined he fired in self-defense.
I doubt that this lawful act of self-defense by armed citizens–the video report describes two concealed carry permit holders responding to the threat–will break through wall-to-wall coverage of the Zimmerman trial, or even compete for airtime with the latest anti-Second Amendment fulminations by the likes of Barack Obama, Michael Bloomberg or Dianne Feinstein. But 30 Atlantans owe their property and possibly their lives to the courage and preparedness of a couple of their peers, making me thankful that, for now at least, shoe stores are not “gun free zones.”