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In the history of the USA, has a good guy with a gun ever stopped a bad guy with a gun?

Tim Furgerson

Tim Furgerson

Updated 10d ago . Upvoted by Tobie Openshaw, South African former competitive shooter, instructor and gunsmith for 15 years.

You ask: "In the history of the USA, has a good guy with a gun ever stopped a bad guy with a gun?"

Do you mean like:

October 1, 1997 Pearl High School (Pearl High School shooting - Wikipedia)

January 16, 2002 Appalachian School of Law (Appalachian School of Law shooting - Wikipedia)

Plans to murder everyone in the Muskegon, Michigan store and steal enough cash and jewelry to feed their "gnawing hunger for crack cocaine" fell apart for a band of would-be killers after one of their victims fought back.

Muskegon, MI, 8/23/95 Aug. 23, 1985 Muskegon Jewelry Store Shooting (NRA-ILA | The Chronicle, Muskegon, MI, 8/23/95)

The mass church shooting in Colorado Springs was stopped by the shooter being shot by a church member with a CCW permit.

December 9, 2007 New Life Church Shooting, Colorado Springs, Colorado (2007 Colorado YWAM and New Life shootings - Wikipedia)

July 7, 1999 National Shooting Club Santa Clara, California gunshop shooting in 1999 was stopped by an armed citizen after the shooter declared that he was going to kill everyone. Police found a list of intended victims in his car. Only the perpetrator, Richard Gable Stevens, was shot.

Santa Clara Gunshop (Gun-shop employee prevents massacre(California, 1999))

December 17, 1991, Shoney's Family Restaurant Anniston, Alabama defense where a CCW holder stopped armed robbers who were herding employees, customers, and his wife into a cooler. He shot both robbers, killing one.

Aniston Shoney's Shooting (Keep and Bear Arms)

July 13, 2009, at the Golden Food Market Shooting Richmond, Virginia: The gunman tried to shoot several people, was stopped by a CCW carrier.

Golden Food Market Shooting (Statistics show concealed carry saves many lives, takes few)

Aug 03, 2012 Peach House RV Shooting, Early, Texas armed citizen, Vic Stacy, shot and stopped a deranged man who had just murdered two neighbors and was firing at police with a rifle. Stacy made a very long shot with his revolver, three times as far as the perpetrator was from the police officer, who had an AR-15 type rifle.

Early Texas Peach House Shooting ( RV PARK KILLINGS: 'Witness shooter' recounts shootout with gunman who killed two in Early)

That sounds like a very good story… but it never made the national news.

I wonder who made the decision to spike that story.

Of course, when a mass shooting is stopped by an armed citizen, there are not as many victims. This leads to the charge that it would not really have been a "mass shooting".

I have added this incident at the request of a reader:

May 27th, 2010 AT&T store in New York Mills, New York. Abraham Dickman had a history of anger against employees of the AT&T store in New York Mills, New York. On May 27th, 2010, he walked into the store with a .357 and a list of six employees. He shot the first employee, but was stopped from further attacks when Donald J. Moore, an off duty police officer who was allowed to carry his own handgun when not on duty, drew and fired his .40 caliber, killing Mr. Dickman before he could fire any more shots. AT&T store (WKTV News)

College Park, GA, May 4, 2009.

Two gunman entered a party and ordered the men separated from the women. Then they started counting bullets. "The other guy asked how many (bullets) he had. He said he had enough," said Bailey.

When one of the assailants prepared to rape a girl, a student was able to access a handgun and engage the two attackers in a firefight, driving one off and killing the other before the thug could rape his girlfriend.

"I think all of us are really cognizant of the fact that we could have all been killed," said Bailey.

College Park (College Student kills home invader.)

February 12, 2007 Trolley Square Shooting, Salt Lake City, Utah. Another off duty police officer stopped the Trolley Square shooting with his personal handgun. He stopped the killing and contained the shooter until police reinforcements arrived and ended the situation.

Trolley Square Shooting (Trolley Square shooting - Wikipedia)

25 May, 2008 Players Bar and Grill, Winnemucca, NV Shooting.

The shooter, Ernesto Villagomez, entered the Players Bar and Grill and killed two people. He reloaded and was continuing to shoot when a citizen with a concealed carry permit shot him and stopped the killing.

Winnemuca Shooting (Victims Released; No Charges Filed Against Reno Man In Winnemucca Shootings)

Parker Middle School Dance Shooting

14 Year old Andrew Jerome Wurst killed one person and wounded three others when he was confronted by James Strand who subdued Wurst with a shotgun and held him until police arrived.

Parker Middle School Dance Shooting (Parker Middle School dance shooting - Wikipedia)

April 24, 2012 Destiny Christian Center Shooting.

Kiarron Parker rammed his car into another in the church parking lot, got out and attempted to kill multiple church members. He was only able to kill one before a member of the congregation, the nephew of the lady killed, and an off-duty police officer, drew his handgun and shot Parker, stopping the killing.

Destiny Christian Center Shooting (Police identify man who shot, killed pastor's mother at church)

Tyler Courthouse shooting, 2005 While police officers were involved in this shooting before and after Mark Alan Wilson intervened, no more people were killed after he shot the shooter, who had body armor, and who was able to return fire and kill the CCW holder, Wilson.

Tyler Courthouse Shooting (Tyler courthouse shooting - Wikipedia)

Or do you mean like these run of the mill incidents from the last couple of months:

Teen Car Robber Shot at Close Range

Father Shoots Son in Self Defense, Police Say

North Long Beach Resident Shoots, Kills Alleged Burglar

Gun store owner shoots, kills armed robber, police say

Reports: CPL holder shoots 2 suspects who tried to rob him in Detroit

Police: Man shot in Orem with life-threatening injury was home intruder

Homeowner Intruder Shot Twice but Manages Escape to ER

Oak Cliff home invasion suspect fatally shot

Uber driver shoots, kills would-be robber on William Lehman Causeway

Officials: BBQ stand owner fatally shot would-be-robber in self-defense

Grocery Clerk Shoots Machete-Wielding Man

OSBI: Noble County shooting death may be self defense

Armed Employee Saves Store Clerk from Serial Robber with Gun

Man shot dead by homeowner identified as a Utica resident

Man says he feared for his life when he shot intruder in west Springfield

Tulsa Homeowner Shoots Man In Possible Break-In

West Virginia Homeowner Shoots at Intruders

Man who shot subject in McDonald's drive-thru will not face charges

Man shoots 2 armed men who tried to rob him at ATM, police say

Three men shot in self-defense, police say

Grocery Store Clerk Shoots Suspect Allegedly Chasing Him with Machete

Man shoots alleged knife-wielding robbery suspect in self-defense in Lewiston

Pizza Hut Employee Shoots & Kills Robber

Enraged Man with Drugs and Knife, Shot and Wounded

UPDATE: Sheriff's office says there was a 2nd suspect in Rigby home invasion

Suspect Begs Homeowner Not To Shoot, Then Escapes

They Aimed Their Guns At A 73-Year-Old... And That REALLY Ticked Him Off.

Elderly resident shoots masked intruder

Update: Pizza Hut employee shoots, kills attempted robber,...

Man Shot Dead After Trying To Rob Gun Owner

I don't know, maybe the use of a gun to defend oneself and loved ones, doesn't fit the media narrative they're selling.