Ohio: Midwesterner Repels Two Assailants Armed with Baseball Bat, Saves Herself from Bad Day
According to The Daily Caller, a Ohio woman, Dinah Burns, who is licensed to carry a "concealed-carry" firearm had only recently began carrying her firearm for personal protection.
Dinah was out walking her dog, Gracie, on a path near an elementary school in Lancaster recently when two men approached her with a baseball bat and threatened to abduct her.
“Two gentlemen came out of the woods, one holding a baseball bat, and said "You’re coming with us,’” Burns told WBNS, adding that Gracie was little to no help in repelling the two men who wanted to kidnap her. Thankfully, Burns didn't have a baseball bat, but she did have a legally-issued firearm!
COMMENT: Fortunately, "concealed-carry," is available to all citizens throughout the US who can pass a police background check. Ms. Burns responded by saying, "Well, what do you want?," as she reached into her pocket, slipped the safety off of her "concealed-carry" firearm as she brandished it at the two men.
“As I was doing that the other man came toward me and raised the baseball bat in a threatening manner. I pointed the gun at both of them and said, "I have this...and I’m not afraid to use it."
The men backed off and left hastily, Burns told the news station.
“I think if they’d gotten any closer, I would have fired,” she said, citing her concealed carry training which taught her “to get out of a situation, back out, get out of it as much as you can without having to discharge your firearm.”
I'm very thankful thankful that it turned out the way it did, and hope it doesn’t happen again, but I will be prepared,” Burns said.
Ohio, which began issuing concealed carry permits in 2004, has experienced a massive surge of new "concealed-carry" permit requests. According to THE COLUMBUS DISPATCH, 96,972 new permits were issued in 2013, a 50% increase compared to 2012.
Permit renewals quadrupled over the same time span to 48,370.
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