This armed robber thought he had an easy score…NOPE. The clerk thought fast and acted faster, and ended the threat this armed robber presented as quick as he showed up!
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Secondary source of the original news story from this armed robber: https://get-asp.com/lq6b It says that he was sentenced to 30 years for this crime, probably because of his many priors.
This clerk has been in more than one deadly force encounter against an armed robber, too! https://get-asp.com/86nb
What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against an armed robber?
- You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. I don’t think any convenience store clerk in America is under the delusion that an armed robber can’t target them, but we must all recognize that it can come our way!
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. All convenience stores are transitional spaces, and it seems like every armed robber loves them.
- I know plenty of people who use a “run to the store gun” if they’re just going to get a gallon of milk at the local convenience store or go get some fast food, but taking what we jokingly call a starter pistol (because they’re good for starting trouble but not so good for ending it) into these kinds of transitional spaces is unwise. Convenience stores and fast food restaurants are the most likely place to encounter an armed robber, so don’t skimp on your tools for these places.
- Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. Thankfully this clerk had enough time, but if he had been looking the other way, the armed robber’s proximity would have made it impossible for him to get to his gun. Keep your firearm on your person!
- The goal in any defensive firearms use is to stop the threat. The clerk here did a great job of stopping the armed robber and nothing more. Never draw a firearm if you’re not willing to use it, but if the presence of the firearm stops the threat, don’t pull the trigger! If the bad guy flees or surrenders, that’s a very successful defensive firearm use and you’ve met the goal. If your first shots stop the threat, don’t take more shots that can turn a defensive encounter into charges for you. Shoot as many times as you must in order to stop the threat, and once the threat stops, reassess and stop shooting.
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