A New Hampshire man thwarted an attempted carjacking by pulling his lawfully carried firearm and holding the suspect for police, CBS Boston reported Wednesday from Nashua.
“As he started to get in, I didn’t have time to think about it, I just reacted, by the time he got in my car, I had my weapon out and pointed at his head,” the report quoted gun owner Paul Jensen.
New Hampshire is a “shall issue” state. That means, assuming a person is not statutorily prohibited from owning a gun, authorities must permit the concealed carrying of firearms in accordance with state law.
“The process is simple and straight forward,” HandgunLaw.us advises. “Cost is $10 and the License/Permit is valid for four years.”
Compare this outcome, where no one was injured because the presence of a gun in the hands of a law-abiding citizen ended the carjacking attempt without the need to resort to actual violence (so much for the frequent accusation that gun owners are violent and just itching to shoot someone if they get the chance), with the outcome of another carjacking a few days earlier in Newark, New Jersey, when a young lawyer was shot to death in front of his wife.
‘Issuance of the permit is almost completely discretionary, and New Jersey courts have upheld the policy of strictly limiting permits ‘to persons specifically employed in security work . . . and to others who can establish an urgent necessity for carrying guns for self-protection’,” that column noted, quoting USA Carry reports.
No one is arguing the situations in Nashua and Newark were the same or that being armed always guarantees a happy ending. Jensen is lucky his assailant was unarmed, and he should have had his door locked. And the unforgiveable situation in New Jersey may still have ended tragically, even had the lawyer been armed. We’ll never know.
The question here is who has the moral authority to tell another human being they do not have a right to defend themselves? And that all such decisions will be made for them by armed functionaries of the state, who are under no legal obligation to protect those they so cavalierly deny a choice in the matter to…?
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