A Chicago woman defended herself with lethal force after a harrowing attempted robbery from an armed man who was locked in a struggle with her. And then one liberal news editor expressed outrage at how she rescued herself.
According to ABC 7 Chicago, the unnamed woman was waiting at a bus stop in the high-crime Fernwood neighborhood when a 25-year-old man tried to rob her at gunpoint. A struggle ensued, and the woman, a concealed-carry license holder, drew her gun and shot him in the neck.
Her attacker ran away, was later picked up by police, and died in the hospital. Area residents praised the woman’s actions.
Bianca Daniel said, "It's tragic that he did die, but the lady had to do what she had to do. She's on a bus stop, probably going to work, you know, and she has to encounter that early in the morning. I'm kind of of proud that, like, that's what she did because she stuck up for herself."
“He got what he deserved!” another neighbor, Shonta Hodges, said. “He ran up on the wrong person, so she did what she had to do.”
Witness Cedric Dumas said quite simply, “This is normal for around here. He forgot that people around here carry guns, and you will get popped. He got popped.”
But the editor of ThinkProgress, a very liberal political news blog, seemed to think that what the woman did was despicable. He went after conservatives, too, for praising her after the news story went viral.
“Conservatives are thrilled a woman with a concealed-carry permit shot and killed a 19-year-old would-be mugger. That's not how justice works. The penalty for theft is not death, nor do we want it to be,” Zack Ford wrote on Twitter Tuesday.
Conservatives, as well as other commentators, were quick to point out the obvious problems with this statement.
Ford continued to defend himself in another tweet. Both tweets have since been deleted.
“The punishment for armed robbery is not death, though. Of course I don’t think he should have had a gun either, but if she had let him rober her, even at gunpoint, both likely would have survived. It’s the praise for her gun ownership that bothers me,” he wrote.”
Then National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch ripped into him with some simply truths. And it was beautiful.
She wrote on Twitter, “The hazard of targeting and then pulling your illegally possessed gun a woman as she waits alone for the bus is that you may get shot. Stop shaming women who defend themselves. Women have every right to consider their safety first before that of the person ATTACKING THEM.”
“The idea that women should not defend themselves and instead attend first to the wellbeing of their attacker is some of the sickest BS ever. What a mind job,” she added. “If you target a woman and attack her she has every right to drop you. Make predators afraid — as opposed to shaming women for wanting to live or not be assaulted or violated.”
Ford later apologized for his tweet, saying it was “poorly worded.” He said he was sorry for implying that the women didn’t have a right to defend herself and that conservatives were happy that someone died. But he did reiterate his stance that he’s against the idea “that more guns will make people safer.”