By Dean Weingarten
“He stood there and we talked for a while, [him] just asking for directions and me giving them to him,” Turner recalled. “Never thought that when I turned my head that that young man would stick a knife to my throat.”
But the 74-year-old grandmother had an option: An NAA Guardian that she had decided to carry with her that day.
“I seen the gun laying there. And I figured that would work better than the knife,” Turner said. “I just reached down, got the gun and turned around and pointed it to his face. And I told him, I said, ‘You back off, or I’ll blow your head off.’ And his eyes got big and he just backed up and he took off walking down the street like nothing happened.”
The pistol is clearly an earlier model of the NAA Guardian Pistol, a well made pistol designed for concealed carry and self defense. This one looks like a .32, but they are made in four calibers.
Here is a clear picture of the same model:
The event is the most common sort of self defense uses of a gun. A criminal attempts to violate someones rights. The victim produces a gun. The criminal runs off. No one is shot.
What is remarkable about this event is that it was publicized by a local television station, an NBC affiliate, no less. A few years ago, this sort of event would never have been aired. We are not told if Jewell Turner had a Concealed Handgun License. It does not matter. Texas liberalized their car carry law a few years ago, one of the incremental improvements in firearms law that does not make the national news, but can make large differences in peoples lives. Jewell did not need a concealed handgun license to carry in her car.
The social climate has changed in the last 20 years. Jewell is now recognized as having done a social good by stopping a crime. She can be proud of her actions, instead of worrying that she will be charged with the illegal carry of a gun, and have to spend much of her retirement money to defend herself from an anti self-defense prosecutor.
So the self defense action is reported to the police, and the local television station tells the story. Self defense actions such as this have always been common in the United States, but people were afraid to report them when the demonization of gun ownership was at its height. The fact that they are now being told, shows that second amendment supporters have triumphed over the disarmists who say that such events never happen.
The old media is no longer able to spike stories such as this. This is why attitudes in the country have changed, and a majority now say that protecting second amendment rights is more important than restricting peoples freedom to protect themselves. When the disarmists raise awareness of the issue of the right to keep and bear arms, some people investigate, learn the truth, and are converted into second amendment supporters. It is a ratcheting effect.
Once a person has “taken the red pill” they do not go back to supporting citizen disarmament. It does not work in the other direction. You do not see second amendment supporters becoming disarmists.
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About Dean Weingarten;
Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of constitutional carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering, and recently retired from the Department of Defense after a 30 year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.