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Gas Station Robber Brings His Knife To A Gunfight And Loses


BOLTON, CONNECTICUT — A robber wielding a knife was successfully stopped by an armed clerk without further incident, reports Connecticut state police.  The attempted robbery happened just after 10 pm, with the robber brandishing a white-handled switch-blade and demanding all the money in the register.  The clerk didn’t do anything until she attempted to climb over the counter.  That’s when he drew his legally registered gun.  She quickly climbed back off the counter and left the store, according to the Hartford Courant.

No patrons, customers, or others were hurt in the process.  Business likely resumed as normal after state police finished taking down the woman’s description and obviously snagging some of that sweet, ultra-crisp surveillance footage.

Not every defensive gun use has to end with bullets fired.  The clerk did the right thing — neutralize the threat with the minimum amount of violence necessary.  It was obviously enough to make the armed robber retreat and that’s good enough.

As a clerk at a convenience store, there will likely be a time where someone somewhere is just stupid enough to try something.  The discretion in using his firearm only came up when his life was potentially at risk.  Good guy gun-owner.

For the rest of us out there in this wild and crazy world, it’s always good to take every threat as credible no matter the source.  Situational awareness, head on a swivel, and good judgement — those are all the makings of a fine concealed carrier.

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James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry…

James England is a Marine Corps veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and has served as a defense contractor in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. His daily concealed carry handgun is a Glock 36 in a Lenwood Holsters Specter IWB or his CZ-75D PCR in an Alien Gear MOD holster.

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  • Mike Vee

    So she gets to attempt to rob someone else with a knife? Maybe she will have to stab the next victim, possibly killing them. One between the eyes might have saved the next victims life.

    • Ian

      There ya go. My sentiments, exactly.

    • Greg Lawhorn

      Or she changed her underwear and realized what a category-5 stupid thing that was to do, and will never try anything like it again.

      • Ron

        People aren’t that smart.

  • That is a huge risk to not fire when someone with a knife is that close. The 21 foot rule is taught to police for a reason.

  • Ron

    Sounds like BLM wrote this. Don’t shoot my son if he robs from you, he’s a good boy. This will really make someone think twice. NOT

  • Jack

    To those who criticize the clerk for not shooting, look, he effectively used his wherewithal and his tools to save his life. That is the point of concealed carrying. Maybe the criminal will s trike again, maybe she will have learned her lesson, there’s no way to know. But the clerk is alive and healthy, and that is the victory.

  • roadtested

    I have little doubt that the robbery was heroin related.

  • rktman

    “That’s when he drew his legally registered gun.” Does not compute. But then again it is Connecticut. One of the states that helped found this country and freedom. What the hell happened to the north east U.S.? Massive lib takeover apparently.

  • charlie baker

    There’s something you don’t see every day. A lone, White chick attempting to stick up a store. Weird. Maybe she’s homeless and wanted to spend some time in the slam…three hots and a cot.