How do you stop the real war on women? With a Glock 43 and an open carry permit.
Josh Williams, 39, is another good guy with a gun, a hero who stopped the alleged rape of a woman in September. Williams, a resident of Austin, Texas, likes to go running along the Hike-and-Bike trail at least once a week. In the early mornings, he carries a cell phone, a flashlight, and his firearm.
In an interview with KVUE News, Williams explained that he carries his firearm while jogging in the early morning: "It's dark, and I don't know what's out there, so I have it to protect myself and other people."
"That's what it's all about anyway, to help other people with it, not just myself."
On the morning of September 15, around 5:30 a.m., Williams was running when he heard a woman screaming. Pointing his flashlight in the direction of the screams, he found a woman being sexually assaulted. According to KVUE, this crime was one of a series of recent similar attacks in the area.
Williams immediately went into action.
"I came up, pulled my gun and told him to get off of her," he said. "Get on your knees and show me your hands."
The assailant, identified by police as 22-year-old Richard McEachern, fled the scene. Police managed to arrest him days later, aided by Williams' description and the description from the victim. He has been charged with sexual assault and is currently in the Travis County Jail.
Williams said that he’s been licensed to carry his Glock 43 for about 10 years. This was the first time he's ever had to use it.
"I didn't think I'd ever have to pull it," he said. "Did I want to? No, but just right place, right time."
Even after Stephen Willeford stopped the Texas church shooter with an AR-15, leftists continue to challenge the reality that a good guy with a gun can stop crime.
But that doesn't change the fact that there are heroes like Josh Williams out there.
"I don't see myself as being a hero," Williams told KVUE. "But I guess I am."
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Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.