- - Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Dahir Ahmed Adan is the Somali terrorist who wandered through the Crossroads Mall in St. Cloud, Minn., with a sharp knife, taking a religious census. He demanded of shoppers whether they were “Christians or Muslims,” and put his knife to the Christians. He finally ran into his worst nightmare, a good guy with a gun and who knew how to use it. The good guy, Jason Falconer, usually described as an an “off-duty police officer,” drew his gun and dispatched the terrorist to see whether he really would get 73 virgins in paradise.

But this good guy with a gun was more than just an “off-duty police officer.” He operates a shooting range and trains holders of permits to carry a gun. He is an instructor certified as qualified by the National Rifle Association, and competes in shooting tournaments. He knew exactly what he had to do when he confronted the man spreading terror, who had stabbed eight men and women with the “wrong” answer. St. Cloud Mayor David Kleis praised Mr. Falconer as a hero.

Good guys with guns are finally getting their just due. When Donald Trump suggested, after the mayhem inflicted by a radical Islamic terrorist at a nightclub in Orlando, that lives could have been saved if employees or patrons at the nightclub had been armed, since the terrorist did his grim work over hours, not minutes, President Obama called the idea “absurd.”

Mr. Trump’s commonsensical idea, the president said, “defies common sense.” Bill Clinton, the Democratic nominee’s husband and sometime surrogate on the hustings, told an interviewer that if there had been a good guy with a gun at the nightclub the massacre would have been even greater than it was.

Families of certain of the shooter’s victims disagreed, and a week later they had their evidence of what can happen when a good guy with a gun happens to be on the scene of a massacre. When a man opened fire on patrons waiting to get into a nightclub in South Carolina, he shot three of them, and then turned his gun on a fourth man, who turned out to be another good guy with a gun. The good guy took him out, probably preventing another Orlando. Neither Mr. Obama nor the Clintons asked those who had been waiting in line what they thought of this good guy with a gun.

Either the president or the Clintons might usefully ask Traci Johnson, an employee of Vaughn Foods in Moore, Okla., what she thinks of good guys and guns. Miss Johnson had been stabbed by an intruder at the grocery who had just beheaded another woman, and turned to make Miss Johnson his second victim of the day. But her employer, a good guy, reached into his desk where he kept a gun, and used it the way guns are meant to be used.

Terrorists are by definition men without honor or manly courage, and prefer to attack the innocent and the helpless. They look for prey in “gun-free zones.” They make it their evil business to know that outside those “gun-free zones” in America are more than 14 million trained holders of permits to carry concealed guns. That’s a lot of good guys that aspiring mass murderers are likely to meet. When they do their next stop is likely to be the graveyard. That’s good for everyone.

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