Walter Mencken 2:37 p.m., March 1
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Don't Bring a Bat to a Gun Fight
At a Long Island convenient store that had only been open six months, a guy in his 40s came in to rob it. He looked menacing standing there with his Louisville Slugger. Until the store owner pulled out something that could shoot slugs into his body -- a large shot gun.
The guy immediately dropped to his knees, but his hands together as if he was praying, and asked for forgiveness. He said the economy had driven him to do this and he's just trying to support his family.
The store owner took pity on him, and gave him a loaf of bread. He then opened the register and handed him two 20s. I think he should've opened fire, and given him two bullets.
When the owner went in back to get milk to give the guy, he took off. Oh...and he left the bread behind.
This store owner is getting all this good press. And I'm glad he's okay. But when he said he asked the thief to promise he wouldn't rob anyone else...well, I wished I owned a gun. So I could shoot my TV set.
Look, it's one thing when Samuel Jackson gives Tim Roth his wallet in Pulp Fiction. They're both criminals.
But this guy is a hard worker. If someone comes in to rob him, claiming that it's the economy...maybe he can instead go in and ask for a job application. If your first option during troubled times is to rob someone, and possibly kill them, you're really not someone that deserves to be on this planet.
And, with that...it's going to sound like I contradict myself with the following.
I agree with the decision of authorities to charge that pharmacist in Oklahoma with murder.
I'm sure you've seen the video. Two teenagers (16 and 14-years-old), were trying to pass a gang initiation. That was to rob a pharmacy. And they failed miserably.
The pharmacist, a Gulf War vet, pulled out a gun and shot at them. One guy was hit and went down. He chased the other out of the store.
Surveillance cameras show him walking back in, past the boy on the floor. He went into a back room and put his empty gun down. A few seconds later he came out with a different gun (gotta love those ex-military folks) and at point-blank range, shoots the kid in the head a few times. Authorities say it was those shots that killed him.
Now, don't get me wrong. I'm glad this kid is dead. He would've been nothing but a menace to society.
I just have a problem with premeditated murder.
I've heard countless talk shows (including Dennis Miller a few days ago, who was wrong when he claimed it's only premeditated if you leave the house with the intention of going to find the person you're going to kill).
This guy is making the rounds on lots of talk shows and for some reason, his speech is slow and slurred. I'm not sure if he's on any medication, or if his lawyers cooked up a scheme that has him talking about his back injuries, and being disabled. It will garner him sympathy (maybe Drew Peterson can learn something from this guy, before he opens his pie hole again). Surely, potential jurors hear these interviews.
I feel the same way about this pharmacist as I did with that guy in Texas that shot two people that were burglarizing his neighbor.
Call the police and stay out of harms way. Don't throw yourself into a situation you can clearly avoid, just because you own a gun.
I'm all for people that believe you have the right to keep a gun. But not when they stick up for bozos like these two.