We’ve chronicled in these pages how gun-ban advocates love to make the claim that armed citizens don’t deter crime. In fact, Shannon Watts of Bloomberg’s Moms Demand Action group said in a CNN interview last year, speaking of the concept of a good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun: “This has never happened. Data shows it doesn’t happen.”
The recent story of former “CNN Headline News” anchor Lynne Russell and her husband, Chuck de Caro, a former CNN reporter, is not simply one more proof positive, but an extremely compelling one. And it’s made even more interesting by the fact that both, despite working for the anti-gun-leaning network in the past, are concealed-carry permit holders.
On June 30 in Albuquerque, N.M., Russell left the couple’s motel room to get something from her car when an armed man forced her back inside. After de Caro—who had been in the shower—walked back into the room, the man pointed a gun at him and demanded money.
While de Caro tried to reason with the armed intruder, Russell snuck a handgun out of the nightstand into her purse and pushed the purse to her husband. When the intruder began shooting, de Caro returned fire. The attacker was killed, and de Caro suffered three nonfatal gunshot wounds.
Judging by statements Russell made shortly after the shooting, I think it’s safe to say she disagrees with Watts’ claim about good guys and guns.
“The discussion over the debate to own a gun is just ridiculous,” Russell told Fox News. “As Americans, we have the right to bear arms, and as humans the right to protect ourselves. I’m sure that the man who shot my husband did not have a gun permit. Criminals will always have guns. The rest of us legally obtain our gun permits.”
Russell didn’t stop there. She knows her very life relied on a good guy with a gun, and she knows that de Caro having a gun and knowing how to use it is the only reason she is around to talk about it.
“I’m so grateful to him,” she said. “He literally is my hero. He saved my life. I’m grateful that he is a responsible gun owner. He’s former Special Forces. He knows how to handle himself.”
The cold, hard fact is that NRA Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre was right when he said, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” It was proven in this incident in Albuquerque, and it is proven daily throughout the nation.
The fact that gun-banners want to believe that armed self-defense “never happens” obviously does not make it true. It does, however, prove how detached from reality they are—and why they can’t be trusted when it comes to any conversation about self-defense and gun owner rights.