Demanding Moms head Shannon Watts has been proven wrong once again.
I’ve mentioned before in this column how Watts, head of Bloomberg’s astroturf advocacy group Moms Demand Action, has consistently bashed NRA EVP Wayne LaPierre’s statement that “the only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” Watts has even gone so far as to say, “This has never happened. Data shows it doesn’t happen.”
Luckily, a Texas concealed-carry permit holder didn’t listen to Watts and leave his gun at home when he went out to eat last Wednesday evening. Instead, he stopped what might have ended up being a grisly mass murder scene.
Here’s the story.
Last Wednesday night about 6:15, 48-year-old James Jones walked into Arlington sports bar/restaurant Zona Caliente and began yelling incoherently, then approached the manager and shot him to death. An armed man who was eating at the restaurant with his wife told her to get down on the ground, then pulled his concealed handgun and shot Jones dead, ending the attack.
If you are thinking the situation has all the ingredients for a much larger murder scene, you’re right. Authorities later found two loaded guns and two knives on Jones, who likely had much larger plans in mind.
“After he was struck once, the suspect started shooting at the front door,” Arlington Police spokesman Christopher Cook told the Arlington Voice. “We know people were trying to escape, but we're not sure if he was just trying to harm others.”
What Cook is sure of—as is nearly everyone who has heard the story—is that the armed citizen, who asked that his name not be revealed, is a true hero that might have saved many, many lives.
“He (Jones) definitely had the capacity, if he wanted, to commit further violence and potentially kill other patrons in the business,” Cook told NBC News
Here’s where Watts, Michael Bloomberg and others who hate guns and gun owners are part of the story. Had the armed citizen been banned from carrying a firearm in the restaurant—like Watts and many others advocate—things likely would have ended much worse.“Had the Good Samaritan not intervened, there could have been further loss of life.” — Arlington police spokesman Christopher Cook
“Had the Good Samaritan not intervened, there could have been further loss of life,” Cook said. “We don’t know why he (Jones) would enter this business and have that many weapons on his person.
“We're treating the good guy as sort of a hero.”
One might think that Watts and her cronies would simply ignore this story, like they usually do such situations involving successful armed self-defense. And one would be right. Even the Texas chapter of Moms Demand Action simply acted like it never happened.
In end, there are likely many takeaways from this story—and none of them even remotely support anything that Watts and other gun-ban advocates believe to be true. Two important ones come immediately to mind:
The concept of armed citizens stopping mass shootings is not some figment of gun-rights supporters’ imaginations, no matter what Watts and her enablers in the anti-gun media want you to think.
When it comes to armed self-defense, you’re much better off listening to Wayne LaPierre than Shannon Watts.
I’m sure many of the patrons who were at Zona Caliente in Arlington last Wednesday evening would agree.
Mark Chesnut has been the editor of America’s 1st Freedom magazine for nearly 17 years and is an avid hunter, shooter and political observer.