Shopper pulls gun, stops robbery cold (from WND)

Shopper pulls gun, stops robbery cold (from WND)

This is a discussion on Shopper pulls gun, stops robbery cold (from WND) within the In the News: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly forums, part of the The Back Porch category; http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/ar...TICLE_ID=59503 I am sure follow-up news will be from the police saying that citizens ought not take this kind of action but leave it to ...

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    Shopper pulls gun, stops robbery cold (from WND)

    http://www.worldnetdaily.com/news/ar...TICLE_ID=59503

    I am sure follow-up news will be from the police saying that citizens ought not take this kind of action but leave it to the police to apprehend the BGs, but hey! +1 for the GG!
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    Good ending, bad tactics. Not only does he announce his presence and give commands to an armed robber who has his gun (presumably) pointed at the cashier, he presents an EMPTY weapon to the BG! What if the BG hadn't been such a meek and gentle soul, and had decided to shoot it out with the GG? The GG has a small club against the BGs firearm! Yikes....

    Glad it worked out, but phew...
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    Good for him. I don't know that I would have taken the risk (of ordering him down), it'd take a split second for him to pull the trigger (the BG). I'm glad he was patient and it worked out with no one hurt.

    And on another note, I dig your avatar.
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    Since I could not be sure he would respond to a command to drop his gun instead of shooting the clerk or, worse, me, I would have announced that I was armed and his robbery was over in a different way.
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    He racked the slide to load it. A total idiot in my book, and extremely lucky to be alive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supertac45 View Post
    He racked the slide to load it. A total idiot in my book, and extremely lucky to be alive.

    Agreed, what is the point of carrying if you don't have one in the pipe?
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    Quote Originally Posted by CT-Mike View Post
    Agreed, what is the point of carrying if you don't have one in the pipe?
    I agree but this is a very cursory report.

    Rather than:
    "Merrell racked the slide on his gun to load a round in the chamber."
    what really happened may be:

    "Merrell racked the slide on his gun to load another round in the chamber."

    To demonstrate that his weapon was loaded... perhaps?

    At least I hope he was smart enough to have his gun loaded...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supertac45 View Post
    He racked the slide to load it. A total idiot in my book, and extremely lucky to be alive.
    Agreed.

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    As Opfor stated:

    "Good ending, bad tactics."

    I agree. Hey, all's well that ends, right?

    GG 1, BG 0.

    In the end, I guess that's what counts.
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    Another, slightly more friendly version of the story:
    http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp...&nav=menu188_2
    "Charlie says he responded immediately. "When I heard it I automatically took mine (gun) out." And Charlie says he was ready to act. "If he had raised it (gun) up yes I would have shot him.""

    Implies it was loaded and the BG wasn't really aiming it at anyone, was just brandishing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Supertac45 View Post
    He racked the slide to load it. A total idiot in my book, and extremely lucky to be alive.
    So very true.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Smooth23 View Post
    Another, slightly more friendly version of the story:
    http://www.wthr.com/Global/story.asp...&nav=menu188_2
    "Charlie says he responded immediately. "When I heard it I automatically took mine (gun) out." And Charlie says he was ready to act. "If he had raised it (gun) up yes I would have shot him.""

    Implies it was loaded and the BG wasn't really aiming it at anyone, was just brandishing.
    Thanks for finding that. Sounds like Charlies no idiot, just the other reporter.

    From the article:

    Charlie says was face to face with the suspect. "He just stare and looked at me for a minute. I cocked it back and then, all of a sudden, he laid it down on the counter and put all the money down."
    Am I mistaken, or does this read that he cocked the hammer for emphasis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by matiki View Post
    Am I mistaken, or does this read that he cocked the hammer for emphasis?
    Hmm, good catch, I'm not sure.

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    If any of you were there in "Charlie's" place, and not in the immediate area of the BG, would you have done what he did and moved to where the action is happening?

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    Quote Originally Posted by morintp View Post
    If any of you were there in "Charlie's" place, and not in the immediate area of the BG, would you have done what he did and moved to where the action is happening?
    Absolutely not. You'd have to be
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