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Why Concealed Carry is a Bad Idea

Posted on the 29 June 2011 by Mikeb302000
via Mercury News
An apparent good Samaritan who allegedly pulled a gun in downtown San Mateo after seeing a woman get pushed is facing a felony assault charge.
Twenty-three-year-old Ashley Viola pleaded not guilty on Friday to the charge as well as three misdemeanor gun counts.
Prosecutors say he tried to shoot the man who allegedly pushed the 57-year-old woman Wednesday afternoon, but didn't have a bullet in the chamber. According to police and witnesses, Viola began chasing the man with his gun drawn after witnessing the alleged assault.
Police who responded almost shot Viola before he surrendered.
San Mateo County District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe says there are concerns about Viola's mental health.
I don't think this is the only guy going around with a gun who fancies himself the arbiter of public comportment and the avenger of little old ladies. The problem is some of these guys are too stupid (deciding to shoot someone for "pushing") or too stupid (trying to shoot someone with no bullet in the chamber), or too stupid (almost getting shot by the police themselves) to be of help.
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