As reported, a Myrtle Beach, South Carolina woman used her handgun to scare away an armed robber who had just told her “you’re dead.”
Police say that a woman who was on her way to work had just parked her car in front of the Bagel Factory on 20th Avenue North around 3:00am when a man opened her door, demanded money, and pushed her further into the car. After the robber kicked the woman and said “you’re dead,” the woman reportedly grabbed a handgun from her glove compartment and pointed it at the robber, causing him to flee, according to news reports. Police are searching for a suspect and reportedly have the knife and baseball cap that the robber left behind as he fled.
Those opposed to gun ownership would call this a self defense failure, because the victim didn’t shoot the robber. However, shooting the robber was not the goal. Instead, when using a gun for self defense, the true goal is to put an end to the threat posed by the criminal. Shooting the criminal is certainly a very effective way of ending the threat, as a dead or sufficiently injured criminal is incapable of continuing their attack. However, as we can see in this case, sometimes merely being armed will allow a crime victim to save themselves, even without firing a single shot.