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Armed lawmaker fights off armed robber — and he’s a Democrat!

At least one Democrat “gets it” when it comes to the Second Amendment.

On Tuesday night, Pennsylvania state Reps. Marty Flynn and Ryan Bizzarro — both Democrats — were walking home after accompanying two female representatives to the Capitol in Harrisburg when they were approached by two thugs, one brandishing a gun, who demanded their wallets, reports the Philadelphia Inquirer.

 

Rep. Marty Flynn Rep. Ryan Bizzaro
Rep. Marty Flynn, D-Lackawanna, left, and Rep. Ryan Bizzarro, D-Erie.

Instead of turning over his wallet, Flynn pulled out his own concealed handgun and began firing at the would-be assailants. They continued exchanging fire but no one was hit.

Flynn, a former Lackawanna County prison guard, is also trained in mixed martial arts and boxing, according to the Inquirer.

“I was just shooting to survive, just to protect myself and my friend,” he  told reporters.

“You don’t know what’s going through their mind,” Flynn said. “But I am going to defend myself. I’m not going to be a victim. “

Two suspects — Jamani Ellison, 17, and Jyair Leonard, 15 — were apprehended a short time later with two alleged accomplices — Derek Anderson, 17, and Zha-quan McGhee, 15. They are being charged with attempted homicide, conspiracy, robbery, aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, and carrying a firearm without a license.

Which teen was brandishing the weapon hasn’t been determined. Flynn said the gunman had a bandana covering the lower half of his face.

“It was like the devil in the night,” Flynn said. “I knew he meant business. It was him or Bizzarro.”

The incident happened on the same night as a gun safety seminar promoted by Flynn and Lackawanna College.

But Flynn’s experience taught the best lesson of them all.

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Carmine Sabia

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