On the morning of September 11, the Dallas neighborhood of Oak Lawn was shocked to have their morning routine interrupted by the sounds of gunshots and sirens after a shooting occurred at the 3300 block of Oak Lawn Avenue. The reason behind this shooting? A concealed carrier was in the process of saving his life.
The incident happened at around 10:00 in the morning and according to testimony received by local police, our defensive shooter was outside of an AT&T store when someone ran up to him and threatened to kill him. Following this, the defensive shooter pulled out his concealed carry firearm and shot the person threatening him, killing him in the process.
At that point, the shooter quickly called the police and stated what had happened over the phone. Dallas police then showed up to the scene in force, with some reports claiming that a dozen police cars were spotted outside of the store.
Reports also indicated that police had a person detained in the cruiser, though it was not known if this was the defensive shooter as at the time of this article it was unknown whether charges would be filed against him.
So this does bring about a question. Was this situation worth dying for or worth taking a life for and was there any reasonable alternative way to end the threat? Obviously, we weren’t there so we don’t know, but the fact that it was only words that were used in a threat may be why we don’t know if this is being considered truly justified by the local police.
Now, while it is true that a threat to your life is a threat to your life, there are different levels to it. Friends will obviously joke around and say it to each other all the time. Much more so now that the NFL has come back. However, we know that those moments are in jest. Sometimes you could get into a bar scrap where a drunk person yells it at you, but it’s not a situation to pull out a gun.
We don’t know the threats this man received before doing what he did, but if a situation in which someone is verbally threatening you arises, know that there are ways to defend yourself or to prepare to defend yourself that don’t go from 0-60 in 5 seconds. It is certainly your right to carry and defend your life when it is in danger, but believing there is more danger than there is could be a threat to you and your staying out of jail. So if this ever happens to you, ask yourself “Is this a situation where I can defend myself without a gun?” It may just save you a mountain of legal issues.
But we want to hear what you think about this situation as well as what times deserve to have a gun drawn vs. which ones don’t. Let us know in the comments below.