In the battle over statistics and gun control, there is one crucial but invisible statistic that will never be reported.
Tragedy that doesn't happen because of a gun (owner).
Ernestine Aldana owns a grocery store near the corner of Muskego Avenue and Becher Street in Milwaukee. On Dec. 14, Aldana was working in the store when a man entered the store and pulled a knife on her.Nobody is dead. Nobody is shot. And a crime was prevented. Yes, a gun did that. Rather, a gun owner did that.
"I was really scared," she said.
But as the man reached for cash from the drawer, Aldana pulled a gun from underneath the counter.
"I didn't think," she said. "I didn't remember what was being said. I just took a step back, grabbed the gun and that was that."
As the gun came out, the man ran away.