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 By Grant Atkinson  August 1, 2022 at 6:32pm

A woman who confronted a group trying to break into her vehicle successfully used her legally carried weapon to defend herself and her property over the weekend.

According to WBBM-TV, a group of four to five males attempted to break into a car parked car at about 8 p.m. Friday in Chicago’s Hyde Park neighborhood.

Police said the owner of the car, a 34-year-old woman, confronted the criminals, according to the station. When she did so, one member of the group allegedly pointed a gun at her.

The woman was a concealed carry license-holder, and she drew her weapon to defend herself. She shot at the group, striking a 13-year-old boy in the neck.

The boy was transported to the University of Chicago’s Comer Children’s Hospital in “fair condition,” WBBM reported.

Meanwhile, the rest of the group fled the scene, and police said no weapon was recovered, according to WBBM. An investigation into the incident is ongoing.

While it is certainly a tragedy that a 13-year-old found himself in a group of criminals, the initial account indicates this woman was within her rights to shoot at the group.

If the investigation confirms one of the criminals pointed a weapon at the woman, she had every right to fire in self-defense no matter what age the perpetrators were.

Democrats have been on the warpath against guns in recent weeks. On Friday morning, the Democrat-led United States House of Representatives passed legislation to ban “certain semi-automatic guns,” NPR reported.

Did this woman make the right decision to protect herself?

“The majority of the American people agree with this common sense action,” President Joe Biden said of the legislation.

While he called on the U.S. Senate to pass the bill, it is unlikely to pass, given that Democrats hold power in the Senate only by virtue of Vice

President Kamala Harris’ tie-breaking vote.

NPR reported the ban would apply to “some 200-plus types of semi-automatic rifles, including AR-15s, and pistols.”

Of course, the likely result of such a bill becoming law would be disarming law-abiding citizens, such as the woman who defended herself Friday in Chicago.

Meanwhile, criminals like the group that reportedly targeted her vehicle would likely continue to obtain guns despite the law, because they have proven they have no interest in following laws at all.

The House’s passage of this gun-grabbing bill followed the passage of the Safer Communities Act, which Biden signed into law in June.

That new law included expanded background checks for Americans under the age of 21 who wish to buy a gun, in addition to funding for “red flag laws” that allow government authorities to seize firearms from citizens they deem to be dangerous.

Democrat Mayor Lori Lightfoot of Chicago championed the new law.

“I commend the bipartisan group of U.S. Senators who are bold enough to stand up to the gun lobby and take meaningful action to reduce gun violence in our communities,” Lightfoot said in a June 22 news release.

“For far too long, the rhetoric surrounding the gun debate has been dominated by excessive fear-mongering by extremists and their sympathizers, which has led to decades of legislative inaction.”

The clear implication from Democrats like Lightfoot is that guns are inherently evil and need to be heavily regulated.

In reality, guns in the hands of law-abiding citizens are integral to preserving safety. The woman who successfully defended herself and her property Friday in Lightfoot’s Chicago was just the latest example of this fact.

Grant is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He has five years of writing experience with various outlets and enjoys covering politics and sports.

Grant is a graduate of Virginia Tech with a bachelor’s degree in journalism. He has five years of writing experience with various outlets and enjoys covering politics and sports.

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