On April 22, a customer at a Kroger in Little Rock, Arkansas, saw an elderly man surrounded by “seven people,” so he drew his gun and intervened to protect the gentleman.
The group surrounding the elderly man then turned their attention toward the armed customer and implored him to look the other way. According to Fox 16, the group kept yelling, “[This] isn’t your fight, you need to walk away and you need to put the gun down.”
The armed citizen refused to comply, and instead kept his gun trained on the group as they fled the scene.
The armed citizen–who simply gave his name as “Gene”–said that he could hear a woman behind him calling 911 and when police arrived they ascertained that the elderly man was allegedly “being assaulted by his nephew” at the time that Gene intervened.
Gene said: “I saw seven people against one guy and I did not like those odds.”
Police Sgt. Cassandra Davis commented on the incident by stressing the need for caution in deciding when it is time to pull a gun and intervene. But she made clear, “If you feel that pulling your weapon or using your weapon would stop an individual from taking your life or an individuals life, then you have the right to do so.”
The elderly gentlemen was bloodied from the attack, but refused to press charges. The good news for him is that Moms Demand Action’s push to disarm law-abiding Kroger customers failed miserably, and in failing left citizens like Gene with the ability to defend their own lives and the lives of others.
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