When a shooting at a Waffle House in Antioch, Tennessee claimed the lives of four people, the media was all over it. There was endless coverage of the shooting and its aftermath, especially since it involved an AR-15.
Just a few days earlier, however, there was another shooting at a Waffle House in New Orleans.
Didn’t hear about it, you say? Well, that’s because it involved a good guy with a gun stopping an armed robbery.
“Around 10:19 p.m. Thursday, Ernest Thomas and another man with semiautomatic handguns entered the Waffle House in the 2900 block of Elysian Fields Avenue,” the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported April 21.
“The other man jumped the counter and demanded money from the cashier, while also taking $8 from a costumer, according to an NOPD release Friday afternoon.”
That’s when a customer decided he wasn’t going to let the armed robbers get away with it.
A customer armed with his personal firearm drew his weapon as the other robber approached him, causing the unidentified robber to flee, according to police.
Thomas wasn’t quite as smart. He thought the best way to solve this problem was to point his gun at the customer.
“The customer fired several shots at Thomas, who then ran out of the Waffle House and fled in a white Chrysler with the other robber,” the Times-Picayune reported. “The customer later told police that he believed he had struck Thomas.”
And, indeed, police caught up with Thomas at the hospital, where he was being treated for several gunshot wounds.
While the motives behind an armed robbery are different than those behind a mass shooting, both can turn very bad in a hurry.
There’s another thing in common between the two situations: both can be most effectively stopped by a good guy with a gun. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again.
In Antioch, the hero managed to wrestle the gun out of the shooter’s hands. It likely would have been a lot simpler, and a lot quicker, had he been armed and trained himself.
Some Twitter users noted the difference in coverage.
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Like the Tennessee Waffle House, one of the customers in the New Orleans location stepped up to the plate and prevented the situation from deteriorating.
— The Infamous El Guapo ?? (@elguapo64) April 27, 2018
This Waffle House in New Orleans was protected by a ‘Good Guy With A Gun’ against 2 armed robbers on 04.20.18. The media seems to be very quiet about this robbery though.https://t.co/pq30IkPf7Q pic.twitter.com/KxylwjHld7
— Take The Cannoli (@takethecannoli8) April 23, 2018
But why should this surprise us? If no innocent people are killed, it’s not news.
And the more trained people we have legally carrying guns, the less news we’re going to have, even if more bad guys are going to end up leaving looking like Swiss cheese while trying to make headlines.
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