OSWEGO, IL — A good man with a gun stopped what would have been a deadly knife attack in his apartment building February 26, the Oswego Patch reports.
Not only was he able to save the life of the stabbing victim, but his presentation of an AR-15 scared the criminal so badly that he dropped his knife.
He saved two lives without firing a shot.
As WGN9 reports:
It happened on Monday at an apartment building on Harbor Drive.
Police say it all began when someone with a knife attacked another person during an argument. Neighbor Dave Thomas, who witnessed the attack, went into his home, got his rifle and ordered the suspect to stop.
“I ran back into the home, into my house and grabbed my AR-15. Grabbed the AR-15 over my handgun. It’s just a bigger gun. I think a little bit more than an intimidation factor definitely played a part in him actually stopping.”
No shots were fired. The suspect was able to get away briefly, before police captured him. The stabbing victim was taken to a hospital, and is expected to recover. Police say Thomas has a valid firearm owner’s identification card and a concealed carry permit. Thomas says he is also a firearms instructor.
It’s a rare and fantastic blessing when the exact right person is put into the exact right situation and is given to react in the exact right way not only in a legal and ethical sense, but also in a press-friendly sense.
Here, right here, you see a good guy with a gun — an “evil” AR-15 — stop a bad guy with a knife without having to fire a single shot. I mean, it doesn’t really get more press-friendly than that.
Not only does this incident showcase what benefits a good guy with an AR-15 can bring to the table, but it also shows that when a bad guy doesn’t have a gun, he or she can keep on being violent and awful.
Thomas recognized that what happened was a perfect time to tell the media the truth about firearms, and he did just that.
“The AR-15 is my weapon of choice for home protection,” Thomas said according to WGNTV.
“It’s light, it’s maneuverable. If you train and know how to use it properly, it’s not dangerous. And this is just a perfect example of good guy with an AR-15 stopped a bad guy with a knife. And there were no lives taken, so all in all it was a good day.”
Thank God for men like Dave Thomas.
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