Everyone has seen security guards at convenience stores from time to time. But what if those stores traded out their uniformed guards and brought in cowboys instead?
Silly as that may sound, a story from WFAA News 8 out of Dallas makes the idea seem a little more reasonable — and certainly entertaining.
On Tuesday night a punk apparently decided it would be a good idea to rob a 7-Eleven convenience store.
The only problem is that he picked the wrong 7-Eleven. Others might have had your typical employees, but not this one.
This 7-Eleven had a clerk who also happened to be a West Texas cowboy, and that cowboy didn’t take kindly to the alleged crook’s attempts to stab him with a screwdriver.
That’s when things went just about as bad for the alleged robber as possible.
Instead of beating him senseless, the cowboy managed to get his hands on some rope, and then he went to work doing what he does best.
He got hold of the punk and when he let go, he left an immobilized, very hogtied would-be robber behind for the police to pick up.
The rope job worked almost too well because, while it kept the suspect immobilized and ready for cops, it was so tight that they couldn’t untie it.
Before they could free the suspect, they had to use knives to cut him free.
Police took the man away, doubtless grateful for the cowboy’s careful packaging, and paramedics treated the cowboy clerk on scene for minor injuries.
There are a couple of lessons we should take away here.
First, we live in a world where the aggressive use of force often determines outcomes. It would be nice if we lived in a world where reasoned, virtuous discussions determined everything that happens. But we don’t.
Instead, we live in a world where the strong can overpower the weak, and the governmental powers we put in place to stop that often end up dealing with a crime after it’s been committed, not before or during.
Second, that means that we are each responsible for our own safety. It shouldn’t be that way. In a perfect world, it wouldn’t be that way. But this isn’t a perfect world.
This cowboy was able to physically outmatch the alleged violent robber. A lot of people would not have been. And, had the alleged robber gotten a lucky shot in with the screwdriver, the cowboy might have gotten the worse end of the fight.
The solution to physical differences is awareness, training and the ability to meet force with equal or greater force. And that often means using a firearm.
Guns are the only tools so far devised that can put a 90-pound woman on close to the same footing as a much stronger 210-pound rapist.
Sometimes police, and even cowboys, are around to stop crime. Most of the time they’re not. And in those times, you’d better be ready to provide for your safety and your family’s, because help likely won’t make it in time. Learn, train, carry.
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