Good Guy with a Gun

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posted on October 24, 2014
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The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun. That adage proved true once again on October 22, when a jihadist terrorist murdered a soldier guarding the Canadian Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and then launched a brazen attack on the country's Parliament Hill, where many lawmakers were caucusing.

The terrorist was stopped by Parliament's Sergeant-at-Arms Kevin Vickers, a former Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, who retrieved a handgun from his desk and ran toward the sound of gunfire. Still wearing his ceremonial garb, Vickers exchanged shots with the terrorist and neutralized the 32-year-old jihadist, saving untold innocent lives.

In a country with fairly authoritarian laws restricting the right to keep and bear arms and no provision for legal carry of firearms, bad guys have a huge advantage when they seek to commit brutal acts. The only thing that can stop them is a good guy with a gun, and when law-abiding citizens are not permitted to provide that line of defense, good-guy options are limited. Fortunately for Canada, Kevin Vickers was able to be that good guy on Wednesday.

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