As reported, a robber in Philadelphia, who had already victimized two other people that evening, approached his third victim just after midnight. The robber reportedly shoved the victim against a vehicle, threatened him, and demanded money. The victim, who was armed for self defense, drew his handgun and shot the robber, ending the attack. A bystander called 911, and police arrived to find the robber dead and the victim unharmed. The victim had a concealed carry permit, and police say they do not expect any charges will be filed against the robbery victim.
Once again, concealed carry has allowed a law abiding person who was going about their peaceful business to defend themselves from unprovoked and violent attack. Had this man not been armed, he could have been harmed by the robber for not having enough money to steal, or perhaps just because the robber felt like harming someone that day. Make no mistake about it – robbery is a violent crime against a person’s body and life, not just a taking of their property. As such, robbery victims are legally and morally entitled to defend themselves with deadly force.
The city of Philadelphia also owes this man a debt of gratitude. He took a violent robber off the streets, preventing that criminal from ever harming another victim. We’ll never know exactly how many more people this robber would have attacked over the years to come, but the fact that he robbed three people in a single day makes it clear that this armed crime victim has saved numerous future victims.