These cases pop up occasionally and on the one hand, your gut instinct is to consider giving them a pass because of grief, but on the other, marinating their son in this attitude is probably EXACTLY why he’s out committing an armed robbery.
Witnesses at the Dollar General told investigators that a person entered the store, revealed a handgun and then demanded money from the cash register, [Lt. Jason] Hall said.
A worker, who was not working at the cash register, was armed and confronted Rappley.
Witnesses said that he pointed the gun at employees, Hall said.
In a 911 call, a man told dispatchers that a man with a gun attempted to rob him at the store.
“He pointed a gun at me,” the caller said. “I had a firearm on me. I pulled my firearm and I shot him in self-defense.”
….The sister went on record with the following statement, voicing her opinion on the actions of the clerk, even after admitting that her brother was in the wrong;
“He’s got some responsibility, but not all. Right and wrong is wrong, that was wrong for that clerk to shoot my brother in the chest. Yes, he’s robbing them. Oh, well! Call the police, that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re not supposed to take matters into your own hands.”
This is exactly why if you’re a man, you need to learn how to handle a gun. The bad guy was pointing a gun at his chest. He could have killed him and guess what? There was no cop there. The fact that he had a gun may be the only reason he’s alive right now. One day, that may be the only thing that keeps you or your family alive. Buy a gun and then, more importantly, LEARN HOW TO USE IT. Get some real training. Go to the range. Get comfortable enough that pulling that trigger feels natural. Once you get to that point, you hope you never need to use it, but if you do, then you won’t have to hope that you get lucky enough to use it right even though you don’t know exactly what you’re doing.