Thursday, March 14, 2013

A Marine Is Never Unarmed...

Fortunately, in this case, this Marine was carrying the best tool for the job...

Marine with concealed carry permit stops man from beating woman
WEST ALLIS (WITI) — A Marine Corps veteran was able to stop a man early Tuesday, March 12th from nearly kicking a woman to death. It happened near 102nd and Lincoln, and Wisconsin’s concealed carry law made his efforts possible.
Charlie Blackmore was driving home from work at 4:00 a.m. along Lincoln Avenue when he saw something on the sidewalk. Blackmore didn’t realize it was a woman on the ground being kicked in the head and stomach until he got closer.
The Marine got out of his car, ordered the aggressor to stop, and pulled his concealed weapon when the man threatened him. Something tells me that, despite the man's size, that handgun saved him a lot of pain from the ass-whupping he'd have received if that Marine hadn't had a gun on him.

This is one of those really tough calls. The smart thing to do, from a purely legal standpoint, would be to remain in your car, honking the horn, while on the phone with 911. Draw attention to the situation, let it be known that you are alerting the authorities, but not get directly involved. If the aggressor turns his attention directly to you, you are in your vehicle and can leave, and you have the added bonus of drawing him away from the victim, giving the victim time to escape if possible.

This is a lot easier to type out than to do, though...

I've got to give that Marine a HUGE hand here. He managed to balance stopping the attack, keeping the victim from receiving any further injury, *and* not bashing the SOB into an unrecognizable pulp even though he had every right in the world to do just that. He handled that situation about as perfectly as he could have - although a part of me wishes the jackass had attacked him so he'd have been justified in either shooting him or beating the ever-loving snot out of him.

The remainder of the article, though, is in furiating. The cops demand to see his concealed carry permit? Are you serious? This guy intervenes in a felony assault, saving this woman further injury, and all the cops care about is that he has the proper permit? Really? The next part about the cops not condoning the Marine's actions don't surprise me - we hear this in the majorty of citizen-involved crime thwarting - but that they felt the need to both check his permit and include that in the article as though it meant anything... What if he had been open carrying, which is legal in WI without a permit?

In any case, we have a clear-cut case of a defensive gun use where not a single shot was fired. I don't expect this story to make the nightly news; I don't expect anyone outside of the gun blogosphere to even notice it. But when the forces against freedom tell you that there are no instances of this happening - which they will do - here's yet another story where a good guy with a gun saves someone's life. Not the police, not the state, but an ordinary joe on his way home from work.

Semper fi, Marine; job very well done.

That is all.

Thanks to Joseph in IL for the story!


Bubblehead Les. said...

Uh, something tells me that the Marine would NOT have sped off in his car leaving that Woman on the Sidewalk for the Goblin to continue his work while waiting on the LEOs to arrive.

Especially an Armed Marine.

Angus McThag said...

Leave it to you officer?

You mean leave a corpse instead of a witness?

Is the paperwork for that easier?

Ed said...

Since he left his vehicle with weapon in hand he was openly carrying and did not need a permit. That police officer was just being a dick with what he considered a vigilante and a threat to his source of income. Imagine how many less police you would need if everyone acted like this Marine.