On Friday, police reported that two women were brutally attacked in Oklahoma City on Thursday at their workplace. One of those women died, her head severed from her body in the gruesome assault. The other woman survived, her attacker having been stopped by a citizen carrying a concealed handgun. Without the weapon, Traci Johnson might be laying in the morgue instead of recovering at the same hospital where her attacker is being treated today.
Mark Vaughan is the COO of Vaughan foods, the business where the attack took place. He is also a reserve Sheriff’s deputy and was carrying a concealed handgun on the premises at the time. Vaughan shot the assailant multiple times, severely injuring him and stopping him as he was in the process of stabbing his second victim.
Truth Revolt spoke with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Department and confirmed that Vaughan has been a reserve officer with the department since 2010. Vaughan’s license to carry is part of his reserve commission. However, reserve deputies are not issued service weapons. The weapon used to save Traci Johnson’s life was a personal handgun, purchased an owned privately, and carried by employee of the company where the assault occurred.
It is not yet known if Vaughan had a private license to carry prior to joining the Sheriff’s Department. Police confirm, though, that he was not acting in his capacity as a deputy at the time of the murder and assault.
The implication of these facts is clear: the presence of an armed citizen prevented more murders. The Sheriff of Oklahoma County agrees, and states:
“Mark put an end to the threat by shooting the suspect and saving the life of a second victim who was being actively attacked by the suspect. There is every reason to believe that the lives of untold others were saved who would have been targeted by the suspect if it hadn’t been for Deputy Vaughan’s actions.”
The presence of a gun prevented a murder. The use of the gun. The action of the man who carried it. According to even the press and the police, that is the reason Traci Johnson is alive today.
Gun control advocates want you to believe that the only good gun is no gun. But today we have seen in practice what so many have argued in theory. Today, Americans can once again be thankful for our right to bear arms.