Armed South African Store Owner Stops 2 Violent Armed Robbers

Published by the LearnAboutGuns.com Author on September 20, 2010 at 12:01 pm
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As I’ve previously noted, I mainly write about 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, as the case below from South Africa shows, armed self defense saves crime victims all around the world:

Police say that two armed robbers entered a shop in the Mercury House building in the Durban CBD in, South Africa.  The men are said to have pistol whipped the shop owner, causing him serious injury, while demanding money.  Acting in self defense, the shop owner reportedly broke free, grabbed his own gun, and fired at the robbers, striking one robber and holding the other at gunpoint until the police could arrive.  The robber who was shot is said to have been taken to a local hospital in critical condition, and required “advanced life support,” and an uninjured suspect was taken into police custody.  The owner of the shop was also taken to a hospital in “serious but stable” condition, for treatment of the injuries he received during the pistol whipping.  The robbery suspects will reportedly face charges of armed robbery with aggravating circumstances.

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 or severity of injury to the victim. A few additional examples: 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, whether in the USA or abroad.

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