Texas Concealed Carrier Stops Mass Shooter Cold
It happened again. A good guy with a gun stopped a bad guy with a gun.
This one happened inside a sports bar in Arlington, Texas at dinner time on a Wednesday evening in May.
James Jones, 48, shot and killed a manager at the Zona Caliente Sports Bar. The victim was 37-year-old Cesar Perez.
A patron carrying a concealed firearm was at the other end of the bar as the incident unfolded and, according to police, told his wife to “get down” before engaging and taking down the shooter.
The outcome, which unfortunately left one victim dead, was much different than the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orlando, Florida, where 49 people were slaughtered by a lone gunman.
Of course, the “good guy” with a gun in Texas -- being a good guy -- had a permit to carry his firearm in accordance with state law.
The armed bad guy -- being a bad (and now dead) guy -- did not have a permit to carry the two firearms on his person.
Jones shot at several other patrons before he died, but no one else was harmed. There were roughly forty people inside the restaurant at the time of the incident.
Police say that no charges will be filed against the man many are hailing as a hero, as he potentially saved the lives of other customers and employees.
“We are so thankful for him,” said the restaurant’s manager, Lucy Garcia.
John Velleco is the Director of Operations for Gun Owners of America, a national grassroots organization representing more than 1.5 million gun owners.