There’s a reason firearms are sometimes called “great equalizers”: A gun in the hands of a law-abiding citizen can level the playing field with criminals, and give individuals a fighting chance against being prey.
That’s exactly what a handgun did for a cashier in Kinston, North Carolina. According to WITN News, an armed robbery at a convenience store went sideways after the employee refused to be a victim, and defended himself with a concealed pistol.
“Officers were called to the USA Store on 201 S. Adkin St. for a report of an armed robbery,” reported the local news station. “It happened right around 10pm. Officers were told that two black men entered the store and demanded money; one of them reportedly carried a rifle.”
The criminals no doubt thought that nobody would dare fight back if they were carrying a large gun. They thought wrong.
“Police say the store clerk fired a shot at the two suspects who then fled the scene in a silver vehicle,” continued WITN. Surveillance video was also released of the incident, and it shows the dramatic confrontation unfold.
As the two men barge in, the second thug quickly raises his gun toward the employee behind the counter. Thinking quickly, the worker appears to step sideways and then draw his own handgun, targeting the intruders.
The moment the robbers see that their “victim” is armed, they panic and flee. In the confusion, the man with the rifle drops his own gun in the doorway, leaving a helpful piece of evidence behind for the police. How thoughtful.
It isn’t clear how many shots the clerk managed to get off or if any of the criminals were injured. Considering how well armed they were, however, it’s a safe bet that the employee’s concealed carry pistol may have saved his life.
Once again, the media and liberal narrative that “guns never solve anything” has been proven to be false. One look at this video shows just how quickly and dramatically one armed citizen changed the dynamics of the incident.
The simple fact is that most criminals seek out easy targets. Once those “victims” bare their proverbial teeth, thugs often go scurrying back where they came from.
That certainly doesn’t mean that guns are magic crime-stoppers, but case after case shows that firearms can protect people and save lives when seconds count.
For instance, the NRA’s “Armed Citizen” archive collects press and police reports of guns being used by Americans for self-defense. It contains thousands of real-life, verified instances of individuals using guns to defend themselves.
Statistics back up a trend that no doubt drives gun-grabbers crazy: Gun ownership in America has been increasing, but violent crime numbers are actually declining.
“According to data retrieved from the Centers for Disease Control, there were 7 firearm-related homicides for every 100,000 Americans in 1993,” reported CNS News.
“By 2013, the gun homicide rate had fallen by nearly 50 percent to only 3.6 homicides per 100,000 population,” continued that news outlet.
But what about gun ownership stats?
“Adjusted for the U.S. population, the number of guns per American increased from 0.93 per person in 1993 to 1.45 in 2013, which is a 56 percent increase in the number of guns per person that occurred during the same period when gun violence decreased by 49 percent,” CNS explained.
There’s no getting around it: When in the right hands, guns can stop crime… and that’s what two thugs in North Carolina found out the hard way.
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