Pet Shop Clerk Shoots Armed Robber in Self Defense

As reported, a criminal entered a Cleveland, Ohio pet shop, armed with a knife.  Once inside, the mask-wearing Joseph Joplin used his knife to threaten the clerk at the register.  Another clerk heard the robbery and grabbed his gun.  Joplin then then threatened that second clerk with the knife.  That clerk then fired one shot in self defense, which resulted in the robber’s death.

In an ideal world, there would be no crime.  In a slightly less ideal world, the police would be able to intervene during every crime, and stop the criminal before an innocent citizen is harmed.  Sadly, we live in neither of those hypothetical world.  Instead, we live in a world where crime is all too common, and unarmed citizens can suffer greatly when a crime occurs.  The countless cases like this are why I support gun rights and reject the naive idea that we would all be better off without guns.