MAYFIELD HEIGHTS, OHIO — An armed robber was found a few blocks away from a Dairy Queen after getting shot by one of its employees. Police say that the robber pointed a gun at employees around 10:20 p.m. One of the employees was a concealed carrier.
According to FOX 8 News Cleveland, the concealed carrier fired one shot at the armed robber before the suspect fled on foot. Police tracked him down a few blocks away and got him treated for a non-life-threatening gunshot wound.
The concealed carrier had a permit, complied with police, and was not taken into custody. The event will still be investigated by police but it appears to be a clear-cut case of self-defense.
Closing up at the local Dairy Queen shouldn’t be that stressful. There’s quite a few Americans who likely remember a time when the thought of a Dairy Queen stand getting robbed would be a pure act of imagination or fiction. Now, it’s just another “soft target” for armed robbers with no experience, no brains, and likely a stolen gun.
How the heck do we get back to a society where dumb acts of violent crime don’t seem so common place?
The only real answer to that is to make that choice much more dangerous. If a young man with a stolen gun and double-digits IQ wants to endanger your life and those around you, you have to fight back.
I’m sorry if you were hoping for a better answer or a less violent answer. It doesn’t exist. When the collective IQ of your criminal pool drops while the population of that criminal pool increases, the average person is left in a real bad place. Either you fight back or you wait to be a victim.
Now, there’s a likely chance you, as an individual, will never encounter the type of situation where you need to draw your concealed carry handgun to fight. But ask yourself: are you willing to risk your life on that bet?
Most concealed carriers have made that answer, loud and clear: No. We will not be victims.
That answer comes at a price. There’s a daily responsibility to maintain control over our handguns, our situational awareness, and our awareness on where we are mentally and physically. We have an obligation to follow the law. We have an obligation to avoid needless conflict. And most importantly: we need to carry that handgun every single day.