YAKIMA, WASHINGTON- A 32-year-old man was shopping at the Yakima Wal-Mart with his three kids when an unprovoked stranger attacked him with a metal tee-ball bat. Apparently that’s not the whole story…
The Yakima Herald reported:
A 32-year-old man who was shopping with at least three children at a Yakima Wal-Mart was the victim of an unprovoked assault when a stranger picked up a metal tee-ball bat and struck him, according to Yakima police.
The victim was not injured, but he did have a concealed weapons permit, which he immediately put to use, police said.
The report goes on to say:
A video from the store’s security system shows the victim shopping with at least three children. According to the affidavit, the video shows some of the children move out of view as a man is seen coming over, picking up a metal tee-ball bat from a rack and striking the other man in the shoulder with it.
The victim, who police said has had a concealed pistol license since March 2013, then pulled a .357 Sig Sauer pistol from a holster and pointed it at the suspect, the affidavit said.
At first glance this story comes across as a crazy guy attacking a family man for no reason. If you’re like me, you’re probably wondering what would provoke someone to hit a random guy with a bat in front of his kids, in a Wal-Mart. After scrolling through the comments section of the article, a man claiming to be the victims father set the record straight and confirmed my initial suspicion.
The man was not randomly attacked, instead he was targeted by a felon who was trying to steal his open-carried gun.
How you carry your weapon is completely up to you and what you are comfortable with. The topic of whether concealed or open carry is best has been argued for years, and will likely continued to be argued for many more. The issue of importance is not how you carry, it’s that you do carry. Making the responsible decision to ensure you and your family’s safety should always be your top priority.
If you do choose to open-carry, know that your open gun can make you a target for criminals (like the guy above). This method should be practiced by individuals with a high level of situational awareness, and those that aren’t afraid of a little controversy.
You can find the original news story here.