Courtland Milloy: “Fatal D.C. stabbing makes a case for handguns”

Washington Post Columnist Courtland Milloy argues that the stabbing that left Robert Wright dead on Sunday could have been avoided if Wright had been allowed to, and choose to, carry a gun.

He writes:

To better understand the benefits of a “concealed carry” firearm, consider how the encounter between Wright and Colbert might have unfolded if Wright had been armed and followed a basic self-defense protocol:

According to police reports, Colbert comes out of his house with a knife in one hand and a stick in the other. Being alert to the approaching threat, an armed Wright would now have several options. He could pull his gun, say, a .40-caliber Glock semiautomatic, which speaks volumes without firing a shot: “Never bring a knife to a gunfight, pal.”

Or he could just wait until the assailant gets close enough to meet the legal definition of justifiable homicide.

Say what you will about the perils of gun ownership, but nobody can doubt that Wright would be alive today if he’d had one.

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