According to recent reports, a furniture store owner in Odessa, Neb., recently reacted decisively upon arriving to find an altercation in the parking lot.
“As I was getting over there,” Lucas Gerdes said, “somebody yelled, ‘He’s got a knife.’ I guess just spur of the moment, I just yelled out, ‘I’m grabbing a gun,’ and went back inside for a gun.”
Not only did he likely save stabbing victim Johnny Quintana’s life; the diligent business owner held the teenage suspect until authorities could arrive.
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Police arrested Caleb McDonald, 18, at the scene; and, according to Quintana, he is now concerned with healing from the nine stab wounds he sustained during the attack.
“I’m feeling tremendously better, actually,” he declared, adding that doctors were astounded that none of the injuries were life-threatening.
Among local business owners, toting a gun for protection is hardly a foreign concept. Howard’s Jewelry owner Craig Hand told KSNB that an experience years ago taught him how important such preparedness is.
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“I had a guy 15 or 20 years ago that pulled a knife on me,” he said, “and I managed to get by without having to shoot him. As soon as I pulled the gun out as said, ‘You have to leave,’ he left.”
Hand and Gerdes shared a common philosophy on gun ownership.
“As it’s been seen in many other occasions,” Hand said, “when a bad guy goes around shooting somebody with a gun, the only thing that stops them is a good guy with a gun.”
Gerdes echoed that sentiment, noting that the incident at his store proves that if “good people have firearms, it stops bad people.”
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