An afternoon robbery attempt at a Burger King ended as it should have: with the gun wielding thug dead on the floor, killed by a citizen with a concealed weapons permit. Unfortunately, the protagonist was also shot multiple times and seriously wounded.
The Miami Herald reports:
The bloody event unfolded about 4 p.m. Tuesday at the restaurant at Northeast 54th Street and Biscayne Boulevard. It was a time, employees said, when it is usually crowded with schoolchildren and people getting out of work early.
The robber entered wearing a ski mask. He approached a clerk, showed his gun and demanded money, said Miami police spokesman Jeff Giordano.
A customer eyed him and the two started arguing. The customer had a concealed-weapons permit and his gun — and the two exchanged gunfire.
The robber crumpled to the floor and was pronounced dead at the scene.
The customer, with several gunshot wounds, was in serious but stable condition at Jackson Memorial Hospital’s Ryder Trauma Center.
I actually think about these scenarios quite a bit. I have had a concealed carry permit in my state since the early 90s and I think that it is natural to think about potential scenarios and responses like what happened in the Burger King in Miami. With the increased crime that we are seeing in these lean economic times, I have started carrying everywhere that is legal. Pumping gas? Carrying. Shopping at Wal Mart or Home Depot? Carrying. In a restaurant? Carrying. Walking the dogs? Carrying.
I would submit that the mistake that the armed citizen at Burger King made was in giving the other guy a chance, and he could have paid for that error with his life. In that scenario, once I see that guy come in with a mask and a gun he has forfeited his right to life and I would shoot him in the back without warning. To do anything less would jeopardize the safety of the innocents in the scenario.
One commenter on the Herald article showed what a spineless coward really is:
“Why get involved.
if i had a gun and a robber comes in to a burger king asking the cashier for money its none of my business !!!
To that commenter I reply with a quote from founding father Samuel Adams: Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you. May your chains rest lightly upon you and may posterity forget that you were our countrymen.
This thug got what he deserved. I wish the armed citizen a speedy recovery.