Air Force Reservist Makes A Bold Statement For 2nd Amendment…Without Even Firing
Posted by Asia Mayfield | Apr 14, 2017
Lt. Brandon Teel saved a man’s life. Upon seeing the victim being stabbed by an assailant, Teel drew his firearm and kept it locked on the attacker until police arrived.
Law enforcement officers in Austin credit the quick-thinking displayed by a concealed carry owner earlier this month with saving a man’s life. Lt. Brandon Teel, an Air Force reservist, stood guard over 47-year-old Daren Terry, protecting him from a knife-wielding assailant until police arrived on the scene.
Teel was driving home when he saw he what he first thought was a childish scuffle in the street. Slowing down to get a closer look, he realized his mistake. Two grown men were grappling with each other in broad daylight, with one of the men energetically pumping his knife into the other’s torso.
“I quickly pulled out my concealed weapon, drew it on him and I said, ‘Stop what your doing, get down on the ground or I’m going to shoot you,’” Teel told KATV-TV.
Stories like Teel’s usually receive little press, whereas those involving firearm abuse generally stir the media into a frenzy. Fear of attack can blind people to the power of defense. Many Americans, horrified at deadly shootings, believe that simply banning guns would eliminate such attacks. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple. Men who are committed enough can get their hands on illegal guns. The question then is what’s going to happen if you’re ever confronted with that man? If you can’t legally arm yourself you’re left completely helpless.
Concealed carry owners must apply for a permit.
“Lt. Teel is a perfect example of a responsible concealed carry permit holder,” Austin Police Chief Bill Duerson said. “He acted heroically in the face of extreme danger and avoided a tragedy.”
He then added that Teel “has within him something that beats in the chest of every American — take care of your fellow man.”
Darren was being attacked by his younger brother Chris Terry. When police arrived they found that Darren had been stabbed three times. His brother was arrested and charged with first-degree domestic battery.
Teel, 35, is an active-duty Air Force Reserves 189th Airlift Wing and is currently stationed in Little Rock, Arkansas. He says he’s surprised no one else stopped to help as everyone should try to be “vigilant for people in need.”
Responsible concealed carry owners have saved countless lives. Those who carry are well aware that they may find themselves in a situation where they’re forced to use their weapon.
Lt. Teel was hailed as a hero for his actions.
“I have a protocol that I follow that I tell my students the first day of class, and that is simply that I am armed. I have a permit to be armed (and) it is concealed,” professor Dennis Wignall of Dixie State University announces to his students at the start of every school year.
“I will protect myself and my students in the classroom.”
The ominous words are necessary. Schools are often targeted by attackers. Security officers can’t protect every classroom at once. Armed professors give themselves and their students a greater chance of survival if something were ever to happen.
“My basic premise is I hope I never have to do it – to respond with a firearm,” Wignall said. “But I am fully capable and motivated to respond immediately under the correct circumstances. What’s the possibility of it happening? I don’t know. It could happen at any time.”
Concealed carry owners have nothing to be ashamed of. They don’t need to broadcast the fact that they’re armed, but they don’t need to hide it either. Gun ownership is a right granted by the constitution. Law-abiding citizens who carry firearms are doing nothing wrong. The founding fathers sought to ensure that citizens weren’t enslaved to their governments. Revolt is possible with an armed populace.
Serviceman are trained to handle firearms.
According to firearm expert Dave Kopel: “They say it’s okay to ban guns for convicted felons and the mentally ill. That’s an exception that tells you there’s a right, in general, to keep and bear arms. The fact that you need to name the exception tells you what the rule is…selling guns, in general, is a constitutional right. The other exception they state is that it’s okay to ban the carrying of guns in ‘sensitive places’ such as ‘schools and government buildings.’ Well, again, that tells you there’s a right to carry guns in general, but you can make certain limits in spaces that are sensitive. If there wasn’t a right to carry outside your home, you wouldn’t need exceptions.”
Guns are dangerous. So are many things. What matters is not the object but the intentions of the person wielding it. Teel used his weapon to stop a stabbing. At that encounter, the offensive weapon was the knife. Yet we would never come to the conclusion that it’s, therefore, reasonable to ban knives.
Darren Terry is alive because his rescuer was armed.
SENATE INTRODUCES BILL TO PROTECT LEGAL GUN OWNERS WHEN TRAVELING ACROSS STATE LINES
MARCH 17, 2017
Tragically, too many law-abiding Americans have found themselves paying outrageous fines or ending up in jail because they were caught traveling with their legally owned and permitted firearms. What’s legal in one state may not be legal in the next, but a bill introduced into the US Senate would protect traveling legal gun owners.Senate Republicans on Tuesday introduced a measure that would codify the right for Americans to carry guns and ammunition with them while traveling between states.
The bill, S.618, would amend U.S. law to better protect the rights of those undertaking interstate travel with firearms. Sponsors feel the move would help keep law-abiding gun owners from becoming ensnarled in patchwork state and local laws.
“This bill safeguards our Second Amendment rights by strengthening federal protections for responsible gun owners traveling across state lines,” said U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, in a statement. “By amending the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986, this commonsense proposal puts an end to the harassment of upstanding citizens who happen to stay overnight, fuel up, or stop for an emergency during their travels in another state.”
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