Shocked onlookers watched as a vehicle careened across a mall parking lot, nearly striking a tree. Inside, a man was savagely beating his girlfriend as she screamed for help. While others stood by and watched, a 27-year-old man with a concealed carry permit ran to the woman's aid, drew a Glock semi-automatic pistol and shouted at her boyfriend to end the assault.
Police said a 32-year-old man was leaving a fast-food restaurant when a robber approached him, demanded cash and threatened him with a box cutter. The would-be victim, who had a concealed carry permit, acted quickly, drawing a handgun and shooting his attacker.
Police said six men with ties to California's Sureno gang drove into a rural area intent on committing burglaries. Maybe they thought there wouldn't be as strong a police presence outside the city, but they forgot an important detail: Many rural homes contain firearms and folks who know how to use them.