It takes a gun to stop a gunman

Be not afraid of any man, No matter what his size. When danger threatens, call on me. And I will equalize.” – Inscription on a Colt Peacemaker

Bring a gun” – The first rule of gunfighting

Last Saturday night, Richmond Virginia storeowner Mustapha Kassou met an angel. But he had to get shot first.

This particular angel, a shadowy hero whose name has not been released, was carrying what witnesses described as a western style six-shooter carried openly on his hip. And like the sword of fire which angels of old were reputed to carry, this six-shooter was used as a force-for-good to smite the wicked.

It was almost 11:00 PM and the robber who rushed into Kassou’s Jefferson Davis Highway store was surprised to find eight people inside. Surprise apparently turned to anger and the robber ordered the patrons to the floor and then opened fire on Kassou striking him twice. Kassou fell to the floor behind the cash register and waited for the gunman to finish him.

And that was when the angel revealed himself. Unnoticed by the robber, one of the patrons in the store was openly armed. Reacting quickly, the patron drew his sidearm and ordered the robber to drop his gun. When the robber refused, the patron fired once wounding the robber and then disarmed him.

Kassou, who immigrated to the United States some 20 years ago from his native Morocco and has since become a proud American Citizen, believes that God sent the patron there. “He saved a lot of lives,” Kassou said. “He was like an angel who came to save everybody.”

But Kassou is understandably traumatized by the attack and has openly discussed whether to re-open the store. If he decides to re-open the store, he says he will be armed when he does so.

Kassou’s ordeal illustrates a simple, logical fact that no amount of gun control propaganda can refute … “It takes a gun to stop a gunman!

About John Pierce

Monachus Lex is written by Virginia attorney John Pierce. John is a life-long gun rights advocate, an NRA certified instructor and co-founder of the nationwide gun rights group

He has an undergraduate degree in Computer Information Systems, an MBA from George Mason University and is a 2012 Honors Graduate of Hamline University School of Law in St. Paul, MN.

Professionally, John is a member of the American Bar Association Second Amendment Civil Rights Litigation Subcommittee and his writings have been published by the ABA Civil Rights Litigation Committee and the ABA Minority Trial Lawyer Committee.

In addition, his open carry advocacy has been featured on Nightline and The Daily Show With Jon Stewart.
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