Not often is the public given access to the video of a defensive gun use situation like the kind we report on here at Concealed Carry Inc. However, sometimes criminals forego the secrecy and attempts to hide their face from the public and desperately attempt a daring crime.
Regardless of a criminal’s level of frenzy that would decide how willing they are to attempt a crime, we know that a well-trained good guy with a gun will be able to handle a situation and the criminal’s level of daring will do nothing but perhaps give himself away on the great proof of video. That’s exactly what happened in Las Vegas recently.
As you can see, the situation in the video goes from about zero to sixty in no time flat. Proving just how fast there can be a change in the demeanor of an attacker.
The robber knocked over the front counter of the store and immediately began to smash it as he grabbed an iPad and a cell phone. At that point, he felt completely in charge and who knows how much further the situation would have gone had the store owner not retrieved his handgun. According to reports, he had just completed a concealed carry class a month earlier.
As the firearm was drawn, and a cool head remained on the clerk, the crook suddenly calmed down and just as quickly as the situation escalated, things began to calm down.
Now in this situation, there were no shots fired, and according to the clerk there was never a moment in which he had his finger on the trigger of the gun. While that’s all well and good, we do want to point out that, had the crazed man decided to get violent with the clerk before robbing him, the story could have turned out very differently.
While we certainly get behind having a gun in a safe, we also believe that the only time it should be in one is when it’s not in use by you. That doesn’t only apply to shooting and target practice, as holstered on your person fits the bill, too. We are advocates of waking up in the morning and putting your gun on like you would a pair of pants.
Further, we don’t take our guns off until it’s time for bed at night. Thankfully this story turned out okay in that the man behind the counter was not attacked, but if he was it could have been bad. Let me reword it a bit differently to drive my point across: Carry your gun on you, in a good holster, until you go to bed at night. Wake up in the morning, and then put it back on again.
Finally, the clerk said his priority was getting the thief out of his store. It is extremely important to give verbal commands when you have someone on the other side of your muzzle. You’re likely not a police officer, so choosing your words carefully is a must. It’s not usually a good idea to shoot someone as they flee, so if you tell them to stop and they run, don’t shoot.
However, it shouldn’t be your goal to just get someone out of the store or your house. You should want that person to get caught by the police, and make their job as easy as possible by holding the criminal there, telling him not to move. Telling the bad guy to leave is a best-case scenario for him.
We are glad that this defensive gun use turned out okay, and it’s always good to see one that takes place where the trigger isn’t even pulled because stories like this happen a lot and don’t usually make the news.
What would you have done differently? Let us know in the comments below. Also, here is some concealed carry training to get your permit in Virginia, allowing you to carry a gun in 29 states.