There was an attempted mass shooting last weekend in South Carolina, but you didn’t hear about it on the news.
It was outside a nightclub and three people were shot – but it’s not going to make it into the national headlines. Why?
Because the shooter was thwarted by an armed citizen who stopped the attacker by shooting back.
The shooting occurred early Sunday morning outside “Playoffz” nightclub in Lyman, WIS-TV is reporting.
Deputies said 32-year-old Jody Ray Thompson pulled out a gun after getting into an argument with another man and fired several rounds toward a crowd that had gathered out in front of the club.
“His rounds struck three victims, and almost struck a fourth victim, who in self-defense, pulled his own weapon and fired, striking Thompson in the leg,” Lt. Kevin Bobo said.
That little fact alone – that the shooter was thwarted by an armed citizen – is enough to get it squashed in the media, but this little tidbit is the kicker:
Bobo said the man who shot Thompson has a valid concealed weapons permit, cooperated with investigators, and won’t be facing any charges.
Not only was a citizen exercising his Second Amendment rights, defending himself and countless others outside that nightclub, but he was a concealed carry permit holder – someone liberals consider the most dangerous people in America.
Deputies described the scene when they arrived:
“Thompson was still on the scene when deputies arrived, but the initial scene was chaotic,” Bobo said. “It wasn’t until victims and witnesses were interviewed, and video from the scene was reviewed that Thompson was identified as the suspect.”
Thompson was charged four counts of attempted murder, possession of a weapon during the commission of a violent crime, and unlawful carrying of a weapon.
Bobo said none of the victims’ injuries were life threatening.
Thompson is being held at the Spartanburg County Detention Center.
Despite what you may hear, these incidents – a “good guy with a gun stopping a bad guy with a gun” are much more common than you’d think.
The NRA has compiled hundreds of examples of this at their “Armed Citizen” blog. In the last year alone, there were 97 incidents where a law-abiding gun owner exercised their Second Amendment right to defend themselves, their family, property or other people.