Contributor Post Created with Sketch. Good Guy with a Gun Stops Bad Guy with a Gun

 

NRA executive vice president Wayne LaPierre was famously ridiculed in elite circles for his post-Newtown observation that “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

Well, from the facts-are-stubborn-things department comes this item from Atlanta:

Police say an armed man trying to rob customers outside an Atlanta shoe store was fatally shot by one of the patrons waiting in line to buy sneakers.

WSB-TV reports the shooting happened Saturday morning in the city’s Little Five Points neighborhood, where people lined up outside Wish Clothing to buy new $180 sneakers endorsed by Miami Heat star LeBron James.

Witnesses told police a man armed with a gun tried to rob people standing outside the store. But one of the customers drew his own handgun and shot the robber. Police say the suspect ran just a few yards before he fell dead.

Atlanta police officer John Chafee says the shooter won’t be charged because investigators determined he fired in self-defense.

I doubt that this lawful act of self-defense by armed citizens–the video report describes two concealed carry permit holders responding to the threat–will break through wall-to-wall coverage of the Zimmerman trial, or even compete for airtime with the latest anti-Second Amendment fulminations by the likes of Barack Obama, Michael Bloomberg or Dianne Feinstein. But 30 Atlantans owe their property and possibly their lives to the courage and preparedness of a couple of their peers, making me thankful that, for now at least, shoe stores are not “gun free zones.”

There are 21 comments.

  1. BrentB67 Inactive

    Properly armed and trained citizens doing their civic duty. Great story, thanks for sharing.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 4:15 AM PDT
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  2. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
    Paging Winston Smith – one for the memory hole. 
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    • July 2, 2013, at 4:24 AM PDT
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  3. merumsal Inactive

    Sorry, what was that? There seems to be a strong jamming signal coming from D.C.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 5:04 AM PDT
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  4. Bryan G. Stephens Thatcher
    Bryan G. Stephens Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Good for him. I, for one, would not stand outside in Little 5 points unarmed.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 5:16 AM PDT
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  5. Cornelius Julius Sebastian Inactive

    When seconds count, the cops are just minutes away.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 5:49 AM PDT
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  6. Nick Stuart Inactive

    No mention of race in the article linked by George. Couldn’t find any mention of the incident at all in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Anybody know the race of the parties involved?

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    • July 2, 2013, at 6:39 AM PDT
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  7. RW Cook Inactive

    The Blaze has one of these self-defense stories pretty much every day…

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    • July 2, 2013, at 7:15 AM PDT
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  8. Profile Photo Member

    I think this a very calming news story. 

    When you want casual entertainment, go for some validation. I definitely would watch thousands of these stories…if they showed them on a national level. (The news people don’t measure what lights our brains up because they’re too busy lighting their own brains up.)

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    • July 2, 2013, at 7:24 AM PDT
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  9. Fake John/Jane Galt Coolidge

    They left out the important part. What color / race are those involved? Did anybody use the n word at any time in their history? Only if we know these thing can we decide who is right and who is wrong.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 7:39 AM PDT
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  10. Ron Selander Member

    Unfortunately, the shooter is very likely to be charged with a serious felony – unless it becomes clear that lives were actually threatened.

    This is especially true if a progressive anti-gun person is the prosecuting attorney!

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    • July 2, 2013, at 8:11 AM PDT
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  11. Brad B. Inactive

    If other posters are to be believed on this site, the shooter here clearly behaved negligently and brazenly brought a gun to a volatile shoe store checkout line. He bears culpability you know. Awesome story seriously. I lived south of Atlanta this past year and urged my best friend to buy a pistol and expedite a pistol permit. He did so and less than 3 months later was walking the same streets of Atlanta with his wife and kids. Two thugs were following them and intimidating him so he simply pulled out the Springfield and aimed it at them. No shots fired but a safe family and terrified criminals.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 8:11 AM PDT
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  12. Ron Selander Member

    In other words, deadly force is seldom (in the eyes of the law) justified for the defense of property. More so if it’s someone else’s property.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 8:16 AM PDT
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  13. Neil Hansen (Klaatu) Inactive
    Ron Selander: Unfortunately, the shooter is very likely to be charged with a serious felony – unless it becomes clear that lives were actually threatened.

    This is especially true if a progressive anti-gun person is the prosecuting attorney! · 10 minutes ago

    From the posted story:

    Atlanta police officer John Chafee says the shooter won’t be charged because investigators determined he fired in self-defense.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 8:24 AM PDT
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  14. Ron Selander Member
    Klaatu
    Ron Selander: Unfortunately, the shooter is very likely to be charged with a serious felony – unless it becomes clear that lives were actually threatened.

    This is especially true if a progressive anti-gun person is the prosecuting attorney! · 10 minutes ago

    From the posted story:

    Atlanta police officer John Chafee says the shooter won’t be charged because investigators determined he fired in self-defense.

    5 minutes ago

    Interesting. But, I’d wait to hear this from the County/District Attorney.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 8:31 AM PDT
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  15. Foxfier Inactive
    Alfred Gonogo: I think this a very calming news story. 

    When you want casual entertainment, go for some validation. I definitely would watch thousands of these stories…if they showed them on a national level. (The news people don’t measure what lights our brains up because they’re too busy lighting their own brains up.)

    There’s a site for that.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 8:36 AM PDT
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  16. Neil Hansen (Klaatu) Inactive
    Nick Stuart: No mention of race in the article linked by George. Couldn’t find any mention of the incident at all in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

    Anybody know the race of the parties involved? · 14 hours ago

    The AJC story on the incident can be found here.

    No mention of race of either shooter or victim.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 8:58 AM PDT
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  17. George Savage Contributor
    George Savage
    Ron Selander: In other words, deadly force is seldom (in the eyes of the law) justified for the defense of property. More so if it’s someone else’s property. · 44 minutes ago

    True enough. But if the person demanding my property is pointing a pistol at me or my neighbor, I would reasonably surmise that he may pull the trigger. Hence, by shooting him first I am defending life and not property.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 9:04 AM PDT
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  18. Ron Selander Member
    George Savage
    Ron Selander: In other words, deadly force is seldom (in the eyes of the law) justified for the defense of property. More so if it’s someone else’s property. · 44 minutes ago

    True enough. But if the person demanding my property is pointing a pistol at me or my neighbor, I would reasonably surmise that he may pull the trigger. Hence, by shooting him first I am defending life and not property. · 12 minutes ago

    I agree with you also.

    However, if you want to read somewhat deeply into this type of situation, try reading some of the articles by Massad Ayoob; he is, in my opinion, the best and most authoritative gun-writer on the subject.

    By the way, how many weeks elapsed before they charged George Zimmerman?

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    • July 2, 2013, at 9:24 AM PDT
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  19. HVTs Inactive

    And they say capital punishment doesn’t deter crime. Well, here’s one criminal that won’t offend again.

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    • July 2, 2013, at 11:20 AM PDT
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  20. Wylee Coyote Member
    Wylee Coyote Joined in the first year of Ricochet Ricochet Charter Member

    Here’s another case, from last week.

    “A man at the store then saw what was happening and pulled out his own handgun as the suspects left the store. Police say the passerby challenged the suspects at gunpoint. Watson remained on scene until police arrived, but Wright fled, according to investigators.”

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    • July 3, 2013, at 2:11 AM PDT
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  21. Foxfier Inactive
    Klaatu
    Ron Selander: Unfortunately, the shooter is very likely to be charged with a serious felony – unless it becomes clear that lives were actually threatened.

    This is especially true if a progressive anti-gun person is the prosecuting attorney! · 10 minutes ago

    From the posted story:

    Atlanta police officer John Chafee says the shooter won’t be charged because investigators determined he fired in self-defense.

    5 hours ago

    Zimmerman was similarly OK…before Martin’s family lawyers started going to the media, over a month later.

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    • July 3, 2013, at 2:15 AM PDT
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