“If you carry a gun for self-defense, the bad guy is just going to take it away from you and use it against you.”
Uh huh. Unless, of course, you see your loved ones threatened by three low-life thugs robbing your family business, whereupon you manage to draw your gun and ventilate all three of them even though they have the drop on you.
Small, family-owned independent businesses are the worst kinds of places for criminals to pick for a robbery. This is due to several reasons:
- They’re more invested in their merchandise, and less likely to give it up without a fight. The cashier at the Stop-N-Rob chain store has no money of his own in the till or on the shelves.
- Family-owned small shops are usually staffed by family members and/or close friends—people who care much more about each others’ well-being, and who will have more of an impulse to vehemently defend an attacked co-worker.
- Small, independent family stores don’t have onerous corporate policies against carrying firearms, or rules that require the employees to “give the robber what he wants.”
Whenever you hear about a robbery where the robber drew a brisket full of lead instead of a handful of twenties out of the register, odds are ten to one it’s a mom-‘n-pop store, not a regional or national chain franchise.
I know there are some of my friends and acquaintances who favor the “just give them what they want/no property is worth a life” approach. Well, what if they tie you up and take you to the back room? They may have gotten ready to leave, or they may have intended to take out the witnesses to what was already a 10-year prison term felony. Pardon me if I don’t want to bet my life on the good judgment and empathy of someone who makes a living sticking guns in people’s faces.