A concealed carry owner who had been hanging out Thursday evening with his wife at a Texas sports bar — a location where guns are usually banned — leaped into action after a customer who was behaving oddly reportedly opened fire on the bar manager.
According to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the altercation began about 6:45 p.m., when a deranged man later identified as James Jones, 48, entered the Zona Caliente Sports Bar and Grill in Arlington and “started yelling and making incoherent, strange statements.”
When bar manager Cesar Perez, 37, approached Jones in an attempt to calm him down, the disturbed patron pulled out a gun and fatally shot him. It was at this moment that the unnamed good Samaritan retrieved his concealed weapon and fired at Jones, killing him on the spot.
“By all accounts, he decided to engage the shooter because he wanted to prevent further loss of life,” police spokesman Lt. Christopher Coop said.
And rightfully so, given that, according to Coop, Jones “had the capacity to harm many more people in the business if he wanted to” with the gun, which he reportedly did not even possess a license to carry.
“Had the good Samaritan not intervened, there could have further loss of life,” he added in a statement to the Arlington Voice.
While it’s enormously tragic that Perez, a man described by a friend as someone who always had a smile on his face, perished Thursday, the fact that nobody else lost their lives that evening save for the perpetrator needs to be shared across the nation.
Why? Because sadly, only a select few states, allow firearms in bars. Texas is not one of them. According to Austin NPR station KUT, guns are prohibited in places of business that make more than 51 percent of their revenue from alcohol sales.
The fear, of course, or fear-mongering, is that the presence of guns will increase crime in establishments that serve alcohol.
But if the experience of states that do not prohibit weapons in bars is any guide, that fear is misplaced.
In Virginia, for instance, lawmakers voted in 2010 to allow legal gun owners to carry concealed firearms into sports bars.
Within one year, the number of firearm crimes at bars and restaurants statewide declined by 5.2 percent, as reported at the time by the Richmond Times-Dispatch.
Yet if one were to have only heeded the fear-mongering tales trumpeted by liberals, one would have thought that allowing guns in sports bars and restaurants would have led to mass carnage.
Well, it hasn’t. If anything, it’s helped to save countless lives. Just like a good guy with a gun very likely saved numerous lives Thursday in that Texas bar.