As liberals call for more gun control in the wake of the recent Las Vegas shooting, many law-abiding gun owners wonder just how far progressives want to go in limiting firearms. Some on the left have pointed to Australia as a model for what U.S. gun laws should look like, but handguns in the Land Down Under are “highly restricted,” according to Time.com, and generally reserved for sport shooting.
On Sunday, a tough woman in Moline, Illinois, proved why being able to own—and conceal—a handgun in America is crucial for her protection.
The woman, who has not been named by police, was sitting in her car when a knife-wielding man opened her car door and forced his way in, the Quad-City Times reports. Unable to reach her gun in time, which she was permitted to carry concealed, she attempted to fight off the man with her bare hands, receiving a deep cut on her arm in the process.
Knowing she was going to have to bide her time, the woman followed her attacker’s orders to drive him to a remote location in Rock Island County. The moment the car stopped, she saw her chance.
With her kidnapper momentarily distracted, she was able to reach for her gun and point it at the man, who then jumped out of the car and ran for his life. With the gash in her arm still fresh, the woman drove herself to the hospital for treatment and contacted police.
Her description of the man led police to 61-year-old Moline resident Floyd Rick May, who they arrested on Tuesday and charged with aggravated kidnapping and assault, among other charges. He had been released in July after serving seven years of a 9-year armed robbery sentence.
Illinois gun laws are stricter than average in the U.S., requiring a license to own a firearm and 72-hour waiting period for purchasing a handgun, according to the Daily Herald.
Carrying a concealed firearm used to be illegal in Illinois, but the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit overturned the ban in 2013, making the Land of Lincoln the last state in the U.S. to allow concealed carry, according to the Illinois State Bar Association. Illinois residents who want to carry a concealed firearm must get a permit, but it can take up to three months to get one after submitting the paperwork.
Meanwhile, gun stocks rose earlier this month after the Las Vegas shooting under the expectation that firearm sales would increase, according to the New York Times. Gun sales often rise after mass shootings, in part because people feel a greater need to protect themselves and their loved ones, but also in part because liberals typically start demanding increased gun control shortly after the bullets stop flying.
Gun sales under President Trump, though, have been lower than under the previous administration. In April 2016, Forbes reported that firearm sales had increased 156% since President Obama’s first inauguration.
Gun sales initially went up last year before the November election because the mainstream media gave the impression that Hillary Clinton was going to be a shoo-in for the presidency, Fortune reported last August. Then when Trump won, sales dropped precipitously because he hadn’t talked much about making gun laws more strict.
What do you think of all this? In other news, Trump spoke Friday morning about why this Christmas season is going to be different now that he’s in office.