It took getting robbed at gunpoint for liberal comedian Tim Young to turn conservative and change his mind about gun laws, proving there is wisdom in the old adage — “a liberal is just a conservative who hasn’t been mugged yet.”
After being robbed at gunpoint by two men in Washington, DC on January 17, Tim Young emerged from the incident determined to get a concealed carry permit so he does not have to feel so defenselessness again.
Young had the gun pointed in his face on M Street around 7:45 p.m. The two male suspects made off with his cell phone.
The next day he tweeted:
Details: Last night I was robbed at gunpoint by 2 men in DC by the new @TheWharfDC on the way to get coffee at @dolcezzagelato at 7:45pm.
They got my phone and tossed me around while people watched from a half block away. Then they ran off.
Thanks to @DCPoliceDept for your help.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) January 18, 2018
WUSA9 reports that Young grew up in Baltimore, Maryland, and, until being robbed in D.C., never saw the need to get a gun, much less carry one. He indicated that “he’s been in some bad places in his life and nothing happened to him [in those places] … [so] he assumed things would continue to go that way.”
But that mindset changed abruptly when he stood helplessly as one of two suspects pointed a gun at him and demanded his valuables. Young said, “Terrified. You know, when I talk to people about this … you’re scared. There’s no man card involved. I was defenseless.”
Young says he will not allow himself to be in that defenseless position again: “When you’re in an instance where there’s a gun is pointed at you and your life is being threatened for your property and no one’s going to help—and now I know that no one’s going to help—I want to feel more secure. I want to feel safe, and I have something to defend myself with.”
.@TimRunsHisMouth says 6-7 people saw what happened and didn't help while he was being robbed. He's now changed his mind on guns. Wants to feel safer. Tells @brucejohnson9 he plans to apply for a conceal & carry permit. #OffScriptOn9 pic.twitter.com/I6ACSAUMPI
— WUSA9 (@wusa9) January 20, 2018
As for people who continue to oppose concealed carry, Young gave voice to millions of conservatives across the nation who have long accused liberals of living in a naive fantasy land.
“I think a lot of those people who are opposed to having a conceal carry permit and being able to own a weapon have never had one pointed directly at them when they have nothing on them.”