After the tragic events earlier this month when 17 people were murdered in a high school, the debate surrounding Second Amendment rights has picked up the steam. Many want modern sporting rifles banned, claiming they have no use in self defense. They are wrong, as this most recent episode clearly demonstrates.
The incident happened Monday in Oswego Township, Illinois. A man, armed with an AR-15, stopped an attack by one of his neighbors.
It happened Monday at an apartment building on Harbor Drive in Oswego Township.
An argument between multiple people turned violent. One of the men had a knife. Dave Thomas, who witnessed the attack, went into his home, returned with his rifle and ordered the attacker to stop.
“I poked my head out the door. There was a pool of blood, blood was everywhere in the hall,” Thomas said.
“There was still a confrontation going on. There were about three or four people involved at this point,” Thomas said. “So I ran back into my house and grabbed my AR-15. I grabbed the AR-15 over my handgun — bigger gun, I think a little more of an intimidation factor. Definitely played a part in him actually stopping.”
The attack stopped, immediately. The man with the knife fled. Thomas didn’t fire his rifle, as there was no longer an active threat.
The suspect got away, briefly, but was captured by police not long after. The man who’d been stabbed was transported to a hospital. His condition is unknown.
Thomas’s use of his rifle was completely legal, police say, and he has a valid firearm owner’s identification card and a concealed carry permit. No charges will be filed against him.
“The AR-15 is my weapon of choice for home protection,” Thomas said. “It’s light, it’s maneuverable. If you train and know how to use it properly, it’s not dangerous. And this is just a perfect example of good guy with an AR-15 stopped a bad guy with a knife. And there were no lives taken, so all in all it was a good day.”