On Thanksgiving evening, shoppers getting a jump on Black Friday at a San Antonio, Texas mall were forced to contend with an individual who thought himself above such pedestrian limitations as having to wait in line with the riffraff. Instead, he jumped the line, and when shoppers objected, punched one of them in the face. Unfortunately for he who is too good for lines, the victim of his assault is licensed in Texas to carry a defensive firearm.
The armed citizen hurt no one, and according to police, merely drew his firearm and pointed it at the ground. This, though, was enough (understandably) to convince his attacker that perhaps getting into the mall ahead of everyone else was not quite so important, after all, and he fled. The peaceable armed citizen (and, let us not forget, assault and battery victim) was not charged with any crime, for the entirely sensible reason that he appears not to have committed any.
So, to recap, a thug tries to bully his way to the front of the line, commits assault and battery against someone who objects, causing said objector to draw his legally carried defensive firearm, frightening the violent criminal off, with no injuries beyond the punch to the face of the peaceable armed citizen. Kinda sounds as if the best was made of a bad situation, does it not?
Well, not according to the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, who on both Twitter and Facebook, expressed outrage that the victim of a violent crime was not arrested:
Concealed handgun permit holder pulls gun on Black Friday line cutter in San Antonio, Texas and somehow avoids arrest.
This, remember, is the group whose executive director, Josh Horwitz, urged forcible citizen disarmament advocates to “embrace self-defenders,” and thus isolate them from CSGV’s main enemy: “Insurrectionists” (a term Horwitz always capitalizes). Horwitz advocates this “embrace,” despite directing an organization that only changed its name from “National Coalition to Ban Handguns” (handguns being, remember, the “quintessential self-defense weapon,” according to the Supreme Court), because by then they also wanted to ban so-called “assault weapons” (also very valuable for self-defense, especially when attackers are numerous, wearing body armor, etc.).
CSGV, then, is once again siding with a violent criminal, against a bona fide “self-defender,” one of the people CSGV wants the forcible citizen disarmament lobby to “embrace.” And they call us “traitors.”
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