Recently a GM employee made headlines for using a legally carried concealed handgun to intervene in a brutal stabbing attack of a woman outside his place of employment. While hailed as a hero, there was a brief period this brave man was terminated from his job.
Perhaps it was public pressure, or perhaps it was a quiet corporate decision to not make waves, but the brave GM employee is back to work. This of course is a very good thing, but it raises a great many questions as well as some great responses.
Rand Paul topped the list of great responses by saying Didarul Sarder “should be awarded a medal”, while GM made a careful point of not saying much of anything, including denying that they had instructed the vendor Sarder worked at to fire him. Warren Michigan mayor Jim Fouts praised Sarder as a “hero” and indicated that Sarder likely kept the “woman from being murdered.”
Perhaps in the face of national and local attention, GM decided the best course of action was to reinstate Sarder. Perhaps they would have done so anyway. We may never know the truth, but we do know that millions of diverse Americans from all walks of life, races, religion and sexual orientation freely exercise their right to carry a concealed handgun.
Many people may go their whole lives without ever needing to use a legally carried handgun. After all, legal carry is like a vaccine, providing a sort of herd immunity both to the carrier, and to society as a whole, and from time to time, actually stepping up to stop an attack. We can be proud that we live in a society where so many freely armed citizens walk about, but we also can be ashamed that some states like California or Massachusetts place such onerous restrictions on the right to bear arms as to render it nearly moot.
A violent attack was ended by the brave actions of a GM employee, which underscores Rand Paul’s ongoing commitment to maximum personal liberty. In a Rand Paul world, legally carried pistols wouldn’t even raise an eyebrow, and we would continue to enjoy the personal and social safety that comes from an armed citizenry. Every day we wake up to see civil rights challenged by both major political parties, and it is a refreshing breath of fresh air to see the success of a civil right in action for a change. Share your thoughts with us on Facebook and Twitter.
Written by Steve Coffman
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