As National Rifle Association CEO Wayne LaPierre and many other Second Amendment advocates have advised over the years: “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”
Although many gun-control activists deny evidence that supports this adage in order to advance their own narratives, news stories continue to supply new evidence.
One recent example occurred at a condominium building in Las Vegas last week. According to reports, an individual armed with weapons including a semiautomatic rifle and wearing a tactical helmet entered Turnberry Towers on Friday afternoon. The individual allegedly fired several shots in the direction of the front desk upon entering the building.
An armed employee reportedly fired his own gun at the suspect, who was subsequently transported to an area hospital with critical injuries.
👏“The resident says it was an employee of the towers who stopped the attack, and thinks they are a hero who deserves recognition for stepping in.”
Armed citizens save lives!
— NRA (@NRA) June 27, 2023
According to one Turnberry Towers resident, a valet warned him of the situation inside as he drove up to the building.
“My valet comes out waving his arms, saying, ‘There is a guy with a gun, turn around and go the other way,’” Benjamin Teal recalled. “And so we go down to the basement, the first level where the valet parking is and then we heard about six to seven or eight gunshots.”
He said it was clear what was happening in the building, adding: “It was pretty distinguishable to be a gunshot.”
Later in the day, police reassured locals that they were not in danger.
Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Lt. Noe Esparza of the Convention Center Area Command issued a statement, explaining: “I want to dispel any reports of any active assailant or any active shooter situations. That was not the case here today. The community is safe; this appears to be an isolated incident.”
This incident is just one of many in which an armed citizen has been hailed as a hero for taking action to prevent a potentially devastating mass shooting.
Last year, an armed individual stormed into a mall in Greenwood, Indiana, and opened fire in the food court, killing three people and injuring two others. A bystander witnessed the incident and grabbed his own firearm, shooting and immobilizing the suspect.