Didarul Sarder, a valet driver working at the General Motors Technical Center in Warren, Michigan, is being hailed as a hero for his courageous actions Wednesday morning. Sarder was standing by when a woman attacked a GM employee with a steak knife in what police are calling a “domestic dispute” that spilled over into the workplace. Sarder, fortunately for the 52-year-old female employee being stabbed, was licensed to carry a concealed weapon. He drew his handgun on the attacker and put an end to the violence.
Initially, it appeared that Sarder might be punished for his refusal to stand aside and watch a woman be murdered. The first reports out of Warren said that he had been fired after the incident for violating the company’s gun policies. There are conflicting reports about that now, but the important thing is that justice prevailed in the end. Gun policies be damned – what worse message could we send than to persecute those who would save a life?
Warren Mayor Jim Fouts gets it. He released a short statement on social media praising the valet. “I would like to commend Didarul Sarder who probably saved a 52 year old woman from being murdered by quick action,” said Fouts Wednesday night. “Outside the GM Tech Center this morning he observed a 52 year old female repeatedly being stabbed with a kitchen knife in her back, neck, and abdomen. His quick action using a licensed hand gun on the attacker undoubtedly saved this woman’s life. Had he not legally exercised his second amendment rights this woman would probably not be with us today. […] Hero’s should be rewarded not terminated. Didarul is a resident of Warren and a resident that we can all be proud of!”
Alas, if this story catches traction in the national media, Sarder’s woes are likely just beginning. This incident goes against everything liberals want Americans to believe about guns. In fact, it’s the kind of story that could do grave damage to their prevailing arguments. Don’t be surprised if they dig into this poor guy’s closet for anything they can use to taint his heroism.
Just as guns can be used to mow down innocent people, so too can they be used to protect them. It makes no sense to devise a society where only criminals and murderers are armed. Owning and carrying a handgun legally makes you no more likely to kill an innocent person than anyone else. But it does, perhaps, make it less likely that you’ll be that innocent victim. And as the lucky woman in this case can attest, it’s not a bad thing to have a responsible gun owner around when things go south.