An armed “vigilante” in Auburn Hills, Michigan opened fire at supposed shoplifters as they left an area Home Depot store. As it turned out, a “good guy with a gun” put innocent people in danger and may get charged.

The shooter, a 47-year-old woman, was a concealed carry permit holder who acted like a deputized law enforcement officer. However, shooting non-threatening people for simple theft is poor judgement. Law enforcement authorities are still determining whether to charge the woman.

The argument that a “good guy with a gun” stops bad people creates more opportunities for accidental deaths. Regular citizens are not trained officers, and shouldn’t try to intervene during a shooting or a crime, especially if a gun is involved.

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Farron Cousins is the executive editor of The Trial Lawyer magazine and a contributing writer at DeSmogBlog.com. He also hosts the weekly DeSmogCAST and serves as co-host for Ring of Fire on Free Speech TV. His writings have appeared on Alternet, Truthout, and The Huffington Post. Farron received his bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of West Florida in 2005 and became a member of American MENSA in 2009. Follow him on Twitter @farronbalanced