As reported, the owner of a diner used his gun to stop an pair of early-morning robbers:
Police say that at about 5AM, the owner of E.J.’s Diner arrived to open his Indianapolis, IN eatery when two men entered. One of the men reportedly walked up to the owner and demanded money, with his hand in his pocket in a threatening manner. Fearing for his life, the owner is said to have fired his .22 magnum handgun in self defense, striking the robber in the shoulder and causing both robbers to flee. Police are searching for the suspects, and no injuries to the diner owner were reported.
Once again, guns are a valuable self defense tool. Unarmed individuals can suffer a terrible fate when a criminal robs them, even when they fully cooperate with the criminal’s demands. The same is true for those who try to run from the robber.
On the other hand, fighting back against robbers can be quite effective as a means of reducing the risk of injury to the victim. A few examples: This armed barber shot an armed criminal who threatened him and his son, saving their lives. This armed pet shop clerk shot an armed robber who threatened a fellow employee’s life, as well as his own life, preventing them both from being stabbed. This armed pizza delivery man defended himself against 3 armed robbers, and walked away unharmed. This armed citizen stopped a bank robber, while this armed Israeli citizen stopped a terrorist.