Anne Arundel County, MD Store Employee Shoots Intruder in Self Defense

As reported, an employee of Anne Arundel Cards and Coins, located in Glen Burnie, Maryland used his gun stop a an intruder:

Police say that at about 6:30am, an intruder attempted to break in to the business and got into an altercation with an employee.  A suspect, reportedly identified as Byron Keith Phillip, 30, is said to have  been fatally shot in self defense.  Phillip is said to have run out of the business, collapsed, and died from his wounds.

A recurring theme that I hear in anti gun arguments is the mistaken idea that if a person is law abiding and doesn’t get involved with criminals, then they won’t really have to worry about being attacked by criminals. While some crime is certainly criminal-on-criminal as they try to steal each other’s drugs and drug profits, there is plenty of crime randomly directed at law abiding citizens.  A few examples: This unarmed family had a random home invader come to their house, make them strip naked, rob them, and sexually assault their 10 year old daughter. This unarmed 85 year old woman had a home invading rapist randomly break into her home, rob her, and brutally rape her in multiple rooms of her house. These unarmed motorists and pedestrians were randomly targeted for robbery, kidnapping, and sexual assault. This elderly woman was raped and then set on fire after being randomly selected by a violent criminal. Crime can happen to anyone, even if they are the most law abiding, respected, and loved member of their community, and it is therefore wise to be capable of defending oneself against violent criminals.