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Special State-Sponsored Permission!

Various law enforcement agencies and military units  have memorials to those that have fallen in service to their country.

If we ever build such a memorial to concealed carriers who put their lives at risk to save others, the name of Joseph Robert Wilcox, 31, of Las Vegas deserves to be on that wall.

Wilcox was killed yesterday (June 8) attempting to take down the deranged couple that had just  murdered Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Officers Alyn Beck and Igor Soldo at a nearby Cici’s Pizza location.  Wilcox apparently spotted the husband as he rushed into Walmart, and tried to take him down.


So what??
Most CCW courses are basic safety classes, I’ve seen many I wonder if safety is even taught that well.

Please do not fool yourself into thinking you are trained to fight just because the state issued you a license

When the rubber meets the road, a lot can be going on, and basic training may not save you, I don’t know how much training Mr Wilcox had, , and he may have changed the course of the event, but he lost.  (Maddened Fowl)

Not to cast aspersions toward Mr. Wilcox, but most of us are armchair adventurers at best.  I’ve been in IPSC competitions wherein civilians cleaned the clocks of sworn officers, but these were pretend, not real life.  And I’ve observed many officers whose firearms safety regime was trumped by their huge egos.  And they paid for it.

Most of us are not sworn officers or spec ops guys home on leave from Afghanistan.  We are regular Joes (and Janes) going about our mundane daily lives, but we do so armed.  And many of us have received a permission slip from our respective States to carry our tools concealed as we go about our business.

The concealed weapon permit is akin the driver license.  It doesn’t mean that we are automatically Mario Andretti upon our receipt of it.  Keep training, keep learning, keep maintaining and most importantly, keep paying attention to your surroundings.

We, as civilians, have no obligation to rush in like John McClane (Die Hard films) in the movies and save everyone.  And most of us don’t have the skills.

Know yourself, too!

h/t Bob Owens, The Duck


About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


6 thoughts on “Special State-Sponsored Permission!

  1. Well said, and on the money… Situational Awareness ‘should’ always be in the forefront of our minds if something goes down. That was Wilcox’s mistake…

    Posted by Old NFO | June 20, 2014, 8:10 am
  2. Wilcox probably kept a couple of others from being killed, but you have to wonder did he save those who wouldn’t carry their weapon (if they had one)? I try not to lean too far in either direction with this thinking, but I have my CCW to defend me, my wife, and my family if they were nearby in any given situation. Not to be a hero and save the day for everyone else. I’m not responsible for every person too lazy to look after their own safety…. and if I take action to save my wife and me and it happens to save others, then great. I’m not about to rush into a situation like Wilcox did when me and mine are already safe.

    Back when I lived in the Memphis area, there was a story where some leagly armed chick intervened in a convenience store armed robbery and somehow saved several people by holding a gun to “some dude’s” head and forcing him down to the floor until police got there. In the news coverage the next day, there was some female ingrate who was in the store and “saved” by the gun owner whose only comment was, and I kid you not, “it made her nervous that people like this woman carried guns around”, not that there was a vicious critter trying to hold her up….. both she and the criminal were of the same racial persuasion, while the female gun owner was …. not… (this is Memphis… you figure it out).

    Of course the woman carrying was saving herself and that she kept every else from getting hurt or killed was just a good side effect.

    Would I do what Wilcox did? His outcome is a good reason not too. The attitude of the female saved by the gun owner is another reason not to if you’re not immediately threatened yourself.

    It doesn’t always pay to be a hero. No good deed goes unpunished.

    Posted by Matt | June 20, 2014, 9:31 am
  3. Most of us are not sworn officers or spec ops guys home on leave from Afghanistan.

    Nor do you have to be.
    Remember the first two killed? They were sworn officers. To ambush someone, you don’t need training, you just need opportunity and the will to do it. Just ask a Muj in the sandbox. They take on spec op guys every day.
    If Wilcox had another set of eyes, even unarmed eyes, the outcome could have been drastically different.

    He paid the ultimate price, but we may never know if he is OK with that or not unless the family speaks out.

    Posted by KM | June 20, 2014, 9:55 am

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