As reported, two robbers walked in to the Jewelry Exchange last Wednesday afternoon. One of the robbers pointed a gun at the store owner, threatening his life. The owner quickly grabbed his own defense gun from under a desk, and shot the robber in self defense. The wounded robber and his unwounded co-conspirator then fled, leaving the store owner unharmed. Police found a wounded suspect laying in the grass about a block away, and expect that suspect to live. Police are searching for the other robber.
Once again, guns are a valuable self defense tool. Unarmed individuals can suffer a terrible fate when a criminal robs them, even if they fully cooperate with the criminal’s demands. The same is true for those who try to run from the robber. Thankfully, this store owner was armed for self defense, enabling him to defend himself against a pair of violent criminals.
I would also note that here, like the overwhelming majority of self defense gun uses, neither the victim nor any innocent bystanders are harmed. Those opposed to gun rights like to suggest that armed citizens will mow down innocent bystanders while defending themselves from criminals. This is simply not the case. Instead, the statistics show that civilians who fire in self defense are 5.5 times less likely than the police to shoot the wrong person. Sadly, this utterly unfounded belief that armed law abiding citizens are somehow a danger persists, even among those who really should know better.
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