Looking for some evidence that sometimes good overtakes evil? Look no further.

This week, an Alabama dad took his kids to McDonald’s in Birmingham and was leaving around 10:45 p.m.  When the manager opened the door to let them out, another man came in wearing a mask.

The masked man began shooting.  Whether he was trying to rob the store or was targeting another customer, no one knows. The father, however, opened fire on the gunman, fatally wounding him.

“Right now it appears the victim made a decision that cost his life and the father made a decision that preserved his and (his) children’s’ life,” Birmingham police Sgt. Bryan Shelton said.

Other people were shot, including the unidentified dad and one of his kids.  Thankfully, neither have life-threatening injuries. One employee who had hidden in the freezer during the attack calls his dad a hero.

“He’s my hero,” Washington said. “Because I can only imagine how it would’ve went if he wasn’t armed.”

Image Credit: David Schott

Hat Tip: CBS News

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Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.