Sam Gerard: “Newman get rid of the Helicopter!”
Sam Gerard: “Because I don’t wanna get shot!”
Tommy Lee Jones, the Fugitive 1993
Yesterday on my way home from my door to door ad sales attempts I noticed a Channel 7 truck at the now closed BP station on water street.
I pulled into the empty lot to find out what was going on. I saw a Camera stand setup to get ready for a shot at a local variety/liqueur store.
Turned out there was yet another visit by an armed robber at the store right across from the projects.
Considering how many times that store has been hit in the years since the Sicilians and their children moved out of this neighborhood I thought the story would have been as newsworthy as the failure of the super Committee to come up with cuts, but this story, as Channel 7 reported yesterday, had a twist.
The robber likely wasn’t as educated or as experienced as the fictional US Marshall Samuel Gerard, but he had one thing in common with him. He didn’t want to get shot, and when that possibility entered the equation he as the old Johnny Horton song goes “began a runnin”. At the speed he was going it wouldn’t surprise me if he ended up “down the Mississippi to the gulf of Mexico”.
I’d say that’s quite a story. I’ll bet quite a few people go in that store to shake the clerk’s hand and buy a thing or two over it. The Sentinel and Enterprise put it on the front page, but their report had an interesting line in it:
(Sgt. Glenn) Fossa said the clerk has a license to carry a gun, which had not been revoked as of Monday afternoon.
Now think about that line for a moment, what reason would there for the clerk to have his gun license revoked? The entire point of a firearms permit is for self-protection. Not only did the clerk act in a responsible manner but he was able to protect himself without doing harm to the person threatening his life, harm that frankly would have been justifiable self-defense.
This is a perfect example of the 2nd Amendment in action a citizen concerned for his safety, arms himself, not because he doesn’t have faith in the local police. I know Sgt. Fossa, he’s a good guy but the reality is when seconds count the police are minutes away. Perhaps this is a lesson the ladies of the occupy movement should take to heart. What are the odds that another robber is going to try to mess with that clerk? When do you think the next time someone is going to try to rob this store?
The answer? It will be when the Sentinel reports that the clerk’s firearms license has been revoked.
Update: Meant to include an old joke: A reporter notices an elderly lady carrying a 357 magnum in a hip holster. The reporter asks the lady why she carries a 2 pound gun on her hip, she answers: “Because I can’t carry a 200lb policeman on my back.”