As reported, a would-be robber was shot in self defense by his victim in a grocery store parking lot:
Police say that on Saturday night, a man borrowed his friend’s car to run to the grocery store in Conyers, GA for some orange juice. When the man parked and got out of the car, two robbers approached the man and threatened him, as part of their robbery scheme, according to news reports. Acting in self defense, the man reportedly drew and fired his gun, striking one of the robbers and causing the other to flee. One suspect was reportedly found found dead at the scene, and police are seeking the second suspect. No injuries to the robbery victim or the multiple witnesses were reported.
Once again, guns allow law abiding citizens to defend themselves from violent criminals. Had this robbery victim not had a gun, he could have been seriously harmed by the robbers for not having enough money. Make no mistake about it – robbery is a violent crime against the victim’s person, and a deadly threat to their life.
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.