When two gun-toting Black males wearing ski masks entered a Walgreens in Benton Township, Michigan early last Sunday and ordered the employees into a back room, the stage was set for something horrific.
There are at least two distinct categories of armed robberies. There are those bandits who just want the loot as quickly as they can get it and then be gone even quicker. Then there is another much more dangerous kind that is all to willing to visit extreme violence on their victims. Ordering store clerks into another area of the store, especially a secluded back room, is usually a sure indication that the robbers intend to leave some dead bodies there. That is exactly how it has played out in the overwhelming majority of such cases.
This time that didn’t work out so well. There was another store employee already in the back room and when he saw what was going on he confronted the robbers with his lawfully-carried firearm. When one of the crooks attempted to fire at him (his gun jammed), the story clerk fired several shots. The raiders immediately turned and ran out of the store. It isn’t known yet whether either of them were hit. Police have alerted area hospitals to report anyone seeking treatment for gun shot wounds (hospitals are required to do that anyway).
A Township police lieutenant praised the store clerk who fired the shots and credited him with likely saving the lives of his co-workers.
It’s always a good thing when the good guys win, but there are those who condemn the actions of this heroic stork clerk. This comment from the newspaper story linked above illustrates that strange sort of thinking:
All of the other comments to the story vehemently disagree with Mr. Winters.
If you needed more evidence that so-called retail security “experts” should seldom be listened to on matters of your personal security, they are calling for the lawfully-armed store clerk hero who saved his fellow employees from terrible violence to be fired and for retail stores to tighten up policies against clerks being armed.
Prison interviews with inmates who have made a career of robbing retail stores indicate many if not most of them made a practice of avoiding the mom and pop stores for one simple reason: They invariably have guns.