Those who would like to deny Americans their right to carry firearms would do well to watch effective uses of defensive shootings. This is one of those, for sure. A robber busts into a convenience store with a gun. What he hasn’t planned on is a customer with a gun. What he gets, in the ultimate display of irony, is a store full of customers with guns and training.
Watch the video below, and you’ll see what I mean. The robber here has the worst possible luck imaginable. Everyone has guns. The woman behind the counter may be the exception, and odds are she has one too.
They’re milling about, business as usual, when a man in a helmet pops in and brandishes a gun. In most robberies, this is where the unsuspecting store owner would hand over their cash. The thief, usually, bolts. Too often, though, these robberies involve violence.
This angle doesn’t show the man that takes down the robber. I’d be willing to bet dollars to doughnuts that these other men all work together. They seem to operate in a coordinated manner. One man steps up, hands on his head. He’s clearly giving visual signs of compliance. When those hands go up, it shows the robber that he’s not a threat.
But watch how he blocks for the others. He runs a bit of interference, and those arms above his head do even more to keep block the view of the man in the helmet. This allows the guys behind him to draw and fire unseen.
In this angle, you can see the active response from a man not seen in the first angle. As one man moves up to block, this man retreats, uses the display rack to shield himself from view. He draws, aims, and fires several times. The bandit falls, dropping his gun, and that, as they say, is that. Problem solved.
The shooter then runs out the front to see if the robber had an accomplice. In these sorts of robberies, there is usually a man sitting on a motorcycle, right outside the door. Those drivers tend to bolt when the shooting starts.
This is all a completely clear demonstration of the power of concealed carry. But it is more than that, too. It is evidence of training. The men in this video don’t lose their cool. There is no visible panic. In fact, it is just the opposite. They’re able to fake the outward signs of compliance well enough to fool the robber. Then their teamwork kicks into overdrive, and the threat is eliminated.