A 31-year old man was confronted by two armed robbers, who tried to dispossess him of his valuables at around 10:00 pm on the 5300 block of South Compton Avenue, St. Louis, Missouri. According to police reports, the armed citizen drew his firearm fatally shooting one of the robbers on the spot. The second robber sustained gunshot wounds to the thigh and was detained two miles away, in the 4200 block of Schiller Place. Investigations are still ongoing, and the police are yet to identify those involved in the incident.
Several incidents involving the use of a firearm for self-defense have grabbed attention during the current crisis. In states like Missouri, the level of homicides has been on the rise during the period of restricted movement. It is impressive to see that law-abiding citizens can gain the upper hand over armed criminals, who want to take advantage of the crisis to victimize Missouri residents.
Missouri enjoys expanded rights to own firearms, including the "stand your ground" doctrine. The law allows law-abiding citizens to use firearms for self-defense when confronted by armed criminals. The state is also a permitless carry state as well as a shall-issue state. However, local authorities can restrict firearms in buildings they own or lease. Open and concealed carry are allowed for citizens above 19 years, and military officers above 18 years old. The state can also require permits for open carry.
Despite the gun-friendly situation in Missouri, there have been attempts to create stricter gun laws and limit law-abiding citizens' ability to defend themselves against armed criminals. The mayors of St. Louis, Kansas City, Columbia, and Springfield cities have been pushing for the adoption of various firearm restrictions, including prohibiting the use of firearms by minors for self-defense. However, the Republican-dominated legislature is unwilling to support the violation of the Second Amendment rights of Missourians.
Meanwhile, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick is pushing universal background checks in our state, and if left unchecked, it will not be long until we see bills like this getting traction in Austin. Texas is embarrassingly ranked 29th for gun rights, and with the help of the political elites in Austin, we will surely rank among New York, California, and Illinois if left to their own devices. Please join our fight today, and help us restore Texas' place as the standard for the U.S.
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