A gun owner, Christopher Cantwell, drew his firearm after a few people began to get hostile after he was recording an altercation that he came upon while walking home. I’ll let him explain exactly what happened (source):
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Recently, there have been some thefts at my friend Ian’s house. So I have been taking it upon myself to sit on his porch at night in an effort to catch the crooks in the act. Last night I was there until around 3am, and on my way home, I heard women crying, and men yelling at them on Main Street in Keene New Hampshire.
I approached them with my camera phone recording the scene. There were two men, and two women. I stayed in the center divide of the street and only spoke when spoken to. They asked me to stop recording, but I refused because I feared the incident might turn violent. I told them “I’m just here to make sure nobody gets hurt”.
At one point, one of the men said “Get the fuckin camera out of here now” and I told him “I’m not gonna do it”. A man and a woman began walking toward me in an aggressive posture, before the woman began screaming and ran toward me. I told them repeatedly to stay away from me, as I am a licensed concealed carrier, and had a revolver under my jacket.
I ran across the street to get away from the woman, and then the men advanced toward me. One of the men wore a red sweatshirt, the other had no shirt on. The man with no shirt on began running toward me, so I told him “I’m not getting in a fight with you stupid, I’ve got a gun on my hip!”. He kept coming, so I pulled out my weapon, dropped my phone and told him to get the fuck away from me.
He stopped his advance for a moment, then he advanced on me again. With my finger on the trigger I shouted “Don’t come any closer!” thinking to myself “This guy is advancing on a loaded gun pointed at his chest, he’s dangerous and I’ll kill him before I let him get within arm’s reach”.
His friend, and the women all came closer to me, at one point saying something to the effect of “You’re not gonna shoot me, you’re not a cop bro”. Luckily, he did not test this theory. I am not a cop, far from it, but will end lives before I let multiple assailants attack me while I carry a loaded gun. The thought of one of these lunatics getting my weapon put me in survival mode like I’ve never experienced before.
Within moments, the Keene police arrived. The KPD knows who I am. They are all too familiar with the things I’ve said on this blog and on my YouTube channel. Despite that, they were professional, courteous, and fair. I allowed them to take my weapon, and check my pockets. I explained the situation to them, I showed them the video, and they were convinced I was in the right. They gave my gun back to me, shook my hand, and let me go.
They told me they were taking one of my assailants into “PC”, which I assume means protective custody. This made sense to me, because somebody who advances on a loaded gun pointed at their chest likely is not in his right mind. I explained that I was not asking them to do anything to my assailants, they said they understood and were just taking the one into PC.
You can see and hear the entire incident in the video below. I’d like to talk more about it, but if I’m honest with you, this incident still has me rattled and my language skills are not at their peak. This video could afford some edits for the sake of quality, but I present it here with no edits other than my watermark for transparency purposes.
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After reading the details above and watching the video, what would you have done in this similar situation?
Would you have done the same thing?
Would you have started recording at all, or would you have called the police and waited from a further distance?
Chime in below, and let’s get a good discussion going.