South African Store Owner Fends Off 4 Armed and Violent Robbers

As I’ve previously noted, I primarily write about armed self defense cases in the United States. This is because I’m an American, who focuses first and foremost on American gun and self defense rights. However, I also like to occasionally discuss armed self defense cases from around the world, such as this recent case from South Africa:

Police say that four robbers, armed with guns, entered a store in Bloemfountein and began to pistol whip a woman while shooting at the store’s owner, as part of their robbery attempt.  The store owner reportedly grabbed his grabbed his own gun and fired, striking one of the suspects in the chest.  Upon seeing their accomplice get shot, the three uninjured robbers ceased their attack and fled, according to police.  The injured robber was found dead at the scene, according to paramedics.  The woman who was pistol whipped was treated for minor injuries, and police are seeking the three surviving robbers.

Once again, guns are a valuable self defense tool, whether the crime victim is in the United States another country.  Unarmed individuals can suffer a terrible fate when attacked by a violent criminal, even if they fully cooperate with that criminal’s demands.  The same is true for those who try to run away from the criminal.

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On the other hand, fighting back against robbers can be quite effective as a means of reducing the risk of injury to the victim.  This Guyana man used his handgun to stop 4 robbers who were armed with an ice pick.  Similarly, this Belize City man used his gun to stop a violent robber who attacked him in his own yard. As another example, this armed South African business owner used his gun to stop a pair of robbers. This armed Israeli citizen stopped a terrorist who was using heavy construction equipment to attack random people. I could go on with more examples, but the point should be clear – armed self defense works.