Don't Bring a .22 ...
And, to think, this went down in Kennedy Kountry.
A grocery store clerk in Framingham had a surprise Monday night for a would-be robber who flashed a .22-caliber Ruger and demand cash, police said.
The grocery store clerk pulled out a more powerful gun.
After looking at the .22, the clerk at A & J grocery on Kendall Street grabbed a .45-caliber semi-automatic gun and loaded a bullet into the chamber, police said. As the failed robber fled, the clerk pulled the trigger, shooting a bullet that missed the man but hit an ATM machine and a door inside the store, police said.
The suspect remains at large.
Rhetorical Question of the Day:
Toward which activity will more law enforcement and prosecutorial resources [read: taxpayer dollars] be allocated by the City of Framingham and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts?
(A) Tracking down the perpetrator of this attempted armed robbery and bringing this "misunderstood victim of societal injustice" to justice.
(B) Prosecuting the store clerk for daring to defend himself from an armed assailant, and depriving this "dangerous threat to society" of his right to carry a firearm (assuming he was licensed to do so, the story doesn't say one way or the other).
UPDATE: Via Dan in the comments...
Grocer thwarts robbery attempt
Tavarez said other people who find themselves in a robbery situation should just hand over the money.
Lieutenant Paul Shastany of the Framingham police agreed.
"We don't recommend that people try to outdraw or outduel a suspect with a gun," he said. "In most cases that ends tragically."
That must depend HEAVILY on one's definition of "tragic".
Because, "in most cases", based on the reporting of such incidents in the news, the scumbag on the wrong side of the law is the one who ends up losing.
No, I don't have any hard data to back this up. But if armed store clerks in this country were getting injured or killed, as a result of their having drawn their weapons on armed assailants, more frequently than they were successfully defending their lives and property, believe me, we'd be hearing about it.
And then some.
"Tragically", my ass.
"I've wondered what I would do in a situation like that, and I guess I found out last night," Tavarez said, moments after chatting with a Framingham police detective inside the store.
"What I did had a lot to do with my daughters," he said. "I wouldn't want them to grow up without a father."
Sadly, there are too many politicians in Boston, Washington DC, and elsewhere who do not share those sentiments. To them, the right of some gangbanging thug to take your money and orphan your children takes precedent over your right to prevent said thug from doing so.
It's "for the children", of course.
Now, get on the train, and everything will be fine.