This guy obviously never read Chapter 1 of the Self-Defense for Liberals Handbook, which clearly states that, when approached by a violent criminal, you should simply and obediently "just give your attacker what he wants".
All this gentleman wanted to do was to beat the store clerk with a pipe, for crying out loud. What's the harm in that? Shame on this paranoid, vigilante nutjob of a store clerk for "escalating the cycle of violence".
Opinion and commentary, garnished with a sprig of cynicism, served with a heaping side order of sarcasm, and washed down with a tall glass of common sense, by a gun-toting political refugee from the People's Progressive Republic of Massachusetts, currently residing in New Hampshire and doing what he can to keep the Granite State beautiful and free.