One That Won’t Make Headlines: Man With Concealed Carry Permit Prevents Mass Shooting
An Ohio concealed carrier prevented a tragedy Sunday, as he fired upon a man who was trying to kill a woman he got into an argument with, as well as her one year old child, and innocent bystanders.
Cincinnati’s Fox19 reports that 62-year-old Thomas McCary pulled a gun on Patrick Ewing when Ewing attempted to settle a dispute between his own sister, Jeaneta Walker, and McCary.
McCary shot at Ewing three times, according to the report, prompting Ewing to pull out his own firearm, which he has under a concealed carry license.
Ewing hit McCary in the leg, but it didn’t prevent him from returning to his house and emerging with yet more firepower.
McCary, now carrying two handguns, came out firing at anyone in sight, including Ms Walker, the child, and another man in the vicinity.
Ewing again opened fire as close to McCary as he safely could, diverting his attention, and allowing the innocents to run to safety.
McCary was eventually arrested and taken to hospital where he was treated and released into police custody. He is being held without bond in Hamilton County jail on four counts of felonious assault.
Ewing is being hailed as a local hero and will almost certainly not face charges for using his weapon, as this was a case of self defense.
As The Washington Post noted this week, Americans are increasingly viewing more responsible gun owners as a solution, rather than a problem.
A recent Pew Research poll found a nine-point rise in the number of Americans who think gun ownership could “protect people from becoming victims of crime.”
The Post reported:
The post-Newtown shift was most significant among Republicans, whose support for gun ownership in the two years since the attack rose from 63 percent to 80 percent.
The poll also marked the first time in two decades of Pew surveys that more Americans supported gun rights rather than gun control (though public opinion had been shifting that way for years).