Man attacked for second time considers getting a concealed handgun permit

LUCAS Dawson began carrying a knife after being attacked while kissing his male lover in a South Philadelphia Park four years ago.

Now, after a second assault by gay bashers - one of whom he killed in self-defense - Dawson's thinking about getting a gun.

The 21-year-old was cleared yesterday of charges in the fatal stabbing of a 17-year-old boy who was among a group that attacked him near his East Mount Airy home on Oct. 29.

There was great relief at the Dawson home yesterday after the decision by a Municipal Court judge, but now the concern is his safety.

Last night, Dawson packed to leave home for fear of retaliation.

"I mean, seven guys jumped me, and one guy died," he said. "There's still six other people that want to hurt me.

"I fear for my safety, and that's why I'm moving away," he added. "I won't carry a knife on me anymore, but I am considering getting a gun permit." . . .


Blogger Y. Beece said...

What is your opinion on this?

11/13/2005 5:18 PM  
Blogger John Lott said...

Thanks for writing Beece. I think that the person has strong reasons for getting a concealed handgun permit and that he should consider getting one. The person was found to have acted in self defense in this attack, and he is fortunate that he was able to defend himself against this many attackers with just a gun.

11/19/2005 1:39 AM  

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