One of the big advantages of concealed carry is that the bad guys have absolutely no reason who is ready and able to gun them down from behind:
Two men were fatally shot by a customer after they attempted to rob a north Harris County bar early Saturday — the latest in a fury of shootings in Houston this week. Jenny O’Donnell, owner of EJ’s Place, said four armed men came to her bar in the 16400 block of Kuykendall at Colwell, around 2:30 a.m.
O’Donnell, who was not there at the time of the incident, said a head bartender and waitress were closing up for the night when two men walked into the bar and demanded everyone get down on the floor. Two other men “lingered at the bar door,” she said.
That’s when a customer at the bar pulled his own gun and started shooting at the men, she said. The attempted robbers fired at least three rounds inside the bar, said O’Donnell.
“That man was a hero,” said O’Donnell. “We could have had some bodies.”
The men then turned around and ran out the door, O’Donnell said. One of the men died right outside the front door, while the other man died at the end of the bar’s parking lot, she said.
It’s interesting to observe that four robbers were involved and that still wasn’t enough to guarantee a safe and successful robbery. The more that people are armed, the more dangerous and difficult it becomes for criminals to accomplish anything from basic street muggings to full-fledged home invasions.
Of course, it will also tend to highlight the relative inability of the police to do the same. Which isn’t actually a criticism of the police, it’s merely reflective of the obvious fact that the police simply cannot be everywhere at once, whereas privately armed individuals can be.
As Instapundit says, “a pack, not a herd”.