Concealed Weapons Holders Become Heroes in the Face of Mass Shootings

As mass shootings continue to plague our communities, more and more innocent bystanders are stepping up to become heroes in the face of danger. Many of these heroes are concealed weapons holders who are able to stop active shooters before they can cause further harm.

Concealed carry laws allow individuals who meet certain requirements to carry a concealed weapon for personal protection. While controversial, these laws have saved countless lives in situations where law enforcement response time is slow or non-existent.

In a mass shooting situation, the ability of a concealed weapons holder to quickly respond and neutralize the shooter can make all the difference. According to a study by the Crime Prevention Research Center, from 1950 through July 10, 2016, 97.8 percent of mass public shootings in the United States occurred in gun-free zones. This means that law-abiding citizens who carry concealed weapons are often the only ones able to defend themselves and others.

Stopping Mass Shooting

One example of a concealed weapons holder stopping a mass shooter occurred in 2017 at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas. Devin Kelley opened fire during a Sunday service, killing 26 people and injuring 20 others. However, he was stopped by Stephen Willeford, a local resident and NRA member who responded to the sound of gunfire. Willeford used his own AR-15 rifle to exchange fire with Kelley, hitting him multiple times and causing him to flee the scene. Kelley later died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Another example is the 2015 shooting at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon. The shooter, Christopher Harper-Mercer, killed nine people before he was confronted by a concealed weapons holder, who was a student at the college. The student, who wishes to remain anonymous, pulled out his own handgun and aimed it at the shooter, who then turned his own gun on himself and committed suicide.

These are just two examples of many instances where concealed weapons holders have saved lives by stopping mass shooters. However, it's important to note that carrying a concealed weapon is a serious responsibility and requires extensive training and knowledge of firearms safety. Additionally, laws regarding concealed carry vary by state and it's important to know and follow these laws to avoid legal trouble.

In conclusion, as mass shootings continue to be a tragic reality in our society, it's important to recognize the bravery of those who have taken it upon themselves to protect others. Concealed weapons holders have played a vital role in stopping mass shootings and it's important to continue to support their right to carry and defend themselves and others.