In what has become an all-too-familiar recurrence, a Chicago gunman opened fire on a crowd on Independence Day, killing one person and leaving two others wounded.
However, what made this particular tragedy different than many others that occur in Chicago was the fact that a concealed carry permit holder intervened to stop the carnage, likely preventing further loss of life, The Blaze reported. This isn’t the first time that an armed citizen with a concealed carry license has saved lives — a fact many Democrats would rather not discuss.
According to the Chicago Tribune, responding officers discovered four people who had been shot in the neighborhood of South Austin. However, an investigation revealed that one of those wounded was, in fact, the perpetrator.
Identified as 34-year-old Calvin Gonnigan, the suspect was reportedly shot in the arm and hip by a 49-year-old bystander with a concealed handgun permit.
It’s not the first time
The Chicago Police Department released a statement on Sunday indicating that Gonnigan had been charged with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of attempted murder, along with a number of other crimes.
While stories of such heroics rarely receive widespread media coverage, there have been many instances in which legally armed citizens have stopped or intervened in a possible mass shooting.
One only has to look back to a situation that unfolded at a Texas church in December of 2019. Security footage from CBS This Morning showed firearms instructor and church member Jack Wilson fatally shooting a man who had opened fire on the congregation using a shotgun.
In 2017, The Dallas Morning News reported that a man armed with a pair of guns and knives stormed a bar in Arlington, Texas, only to be stopped by a legally armed bar patron, who was hailed as a “hero” by citizens and police for his courageous and life-saving intervention.
Meanwhile, the Chicago Tribune noted that an Uber driver who was licensed to carry a gun stopped a 2015 mass shooting in Chicago’s Logan Square.
Lightfoot is dropping the ball
Chicago already has some of the toughest gun laws in America, yet rather than making it easier for law-abiding residents to defend themselves, Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot (D) is calling for additional firearms restrictions, which critics say only serves to punish the very law-abiding armed citizens who have a chance at stopping random acts of gun violence.
Lightfoot recently complained during an interview with WTTW-TV that Chicago is “surrounded by jurisdictions … that have very lax gun laws,” suggesting that the only reason her city is experiencing a wave of gun violence is due to people coming in from states with less strict gun laws on the books.
The Chicago mayor, who is constantly under fire for so grossly mismanaging one of the nation’s largest cities, will soon run out of excuses, and, hopefully, will soon be replaced by a competent leader who can recognize the true root causes of why Chicago is in dire straits.