CLEVELAND, OHIO — When an armed robber attempted to take down a Family Dollar, he probably wasn’t expecting to run into a concealed carrier. With more concealed carriers in the United States than ever before, that’s a bad bet to make.
According to FOX 8 News, police are still investigating the scene that took place. Witnesses attest that the armed robber entered the premises and attempted to rob the store. A concealed carrier pulled his gun and shots were exchanged. The concealed carrier scored a direct hit to the robber’s head while suffering no injuries on his part.
No one else was injured.
WKYC News reports that the concealed carrier was detained by police while the investigation took place. No word on the robber or results due to the injuries he sustained.
This feeds into a number of things we regularly point out on this blog.
Carry every single day.
How many times when you walk into a local supermarket, grocery store, or pharmacy do you expect to run into an armed robber?
For most people, their guess is precisely zero. Broad daylight armed robberies are extremely dangerous because if the robber is dumb enough to try to commit a violent crime while he’s got that many eyes on him, chances are he hasn’t thought through his actions very well.
That’s a dangerous situation.
There’s no way of knowing if today is the day. When most concealed carriers go out to run errands, they’re likely not expecting to run into bad guys.
Because we’re not planning on it, we have to prepare for it.
Contingencies for a defensive gun use generally don’t dawn into the minds of anyone who has a reasonable expectation of civilization. We’re not conditioned to believe that something bad can happen at any moment of any given day. It would make it impossible to function in society. We’d all be holed up in reinforced defensive positions, sending runners out to go get supplies.
That’s not where we’re at and it’s not realistic.
But, taking on that responsibility to be armed in public, we have to consider the possibility that such an occasion may arise where we are called upon to defend our life, our family, and our property.
In this case, it’s a violent felony taking place. The concealed carrier will be investigated by police to see what his options were and how he chose to use deadly force to neutralize a threat.
It should be safely concluded that the reality of a defensive gun use is never clear-cut. We cannot anticipate when it will happen but we can prepare ourselves to respond accordingly.