“Because I don’t wanna get shot” Fitchburg Edition

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"Because I don't wanna get shot" Fitchburg Edition

Sam Ger­ard: “New­man get rid of the Helicopter!”

New­man: “Why?”

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.

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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.

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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 Glenn) Fossa said the clerk has a license to carry a gun, which had not been revoked as of Mon­day afternoon.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.”

Sam Gerard: “Newman get rid of the Helicopter!”

Newman: “Why?”

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.

WHDH 7 News on the scene

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.

The Prep work before the segment

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.”