According to a recent report in Fox 17, an armed mother and apartment building manager in Des Moines, Iowa was forced to draw her firearm in defense of her son, who two thugs hovering outside the apartment complex tried to kidnap when she confronted them with her lawfully carried firearm. That report, describing the situation, reported:
The skywalk may be nearly empty but the doors are open from morning to night.
“Everyone’s welcome to be here,” says security guard, Will Hunter, “this is a public space and I respect that.”
Hunter’s job with Per Mar Security is to keep the public space a peaceful one. It’s not easy. “We do have the shelter down here and you have a lot of mental illness in the homeless community” he says, “and that’s just a sad fact.”
Last week two people walked repeatedly in front of the Hubbell Tower Apartments door. Manager Shay Lindberg—her young child at her side–finally opened it, asking if there was a problem. One of the people grabbed her child. A struggle ensued, but Lindberg was armed.
Fortunately, that strategy in dealing with thuggery worked. The two ruffians left after the firearm was pulled on them, leaving Lindberg’s son alone. Sergeant Paul Parizek of the Des Moines Police Department, commenting on the situation and how this is an example of a privately carried fiream serving the potential victim and society well, said:
“It certainly looks like the big turning point here, the pivotal piece to keeping her child safe was the fact that she was lawfully armed with a handgun, and she produced it and told them ‘let go of my kid.’”
That wasn’t the end of the story. Immediately after the duo stalked off after Lindbergh drew down on them, she called the building’s security guard, Will Hunter, who was able to determine who one of the suspects was based on past experienced with her.
Hunter, acting quickly, both called the police and gave them the names of the suspects and then followed the duo, tracking them until the Des Moines Police Department could take over following the two suspects.
Hunter, commenting on the security at the location, said “Everybody’s welcome on the skywalk. If everybody’s following the rules, you are not gonna be bothered by security because it Is a public place.”
The two suspects, Michael Ernest Ross and Laura Lynn Potter, were subsequently arrested and charged with felony child stealing. Potter was on probation at the time of the incident and so was also charged with violation of her probation.
Meanwhile, President Biden is calling for more gun control, further attempting to disarm Americans as law-abiding citizens like Ms. Lindbergh rely on those firearms to keep them safe from the predators out on the streets thanks to soft on crime policies.
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