One wounded, One Dead in
by Kurt Amesbury, J.D.
Orlando July 12, 2000 -
You've seen this kind of headline before: Robbers looking for a quick
buck held up a Hungry Howie's Pizza shop in the Orlando area this
evening. The robbery erupted into gunfire leaving one person wounded
and another one dead.
Not at all.
The dead and wounded were the two
The two criminals arrived at the
store on bicycles, wearing masks and brandishing guns, swept into the
store and demanded money of the two frightened girls working the
But their luck ran our when the
manager, who had been pistol-whipped by the thugs, drew his handgun
and, despite his injuries, was able to shoot both perpetrators,
wounding one in the leg and killing the other.
Clinton/Gore's solution to crime
would have disarmed the store owner - or made him a criminal for
having the means to resist the robbery and protect his employees. But
not only did the armed manager stop a robbery and protect two young
women, he ensured that one robber will never stick up another store,
and that the other will almost certainly have a long time to think
about another line of work. What else was achieved
Besides the three lives
safeguarded, the owner will not suffer financial loss because
criminals decided to attempt to take something to which they had no
right. The cost of pizza won't have to increase to cover the loss.
And robbers may be a little more cautious about trying to stick up
that particular store.
But the long-term effects are at
least as important. Since the average career criminal commits more
than 180 crimes a year [Rand Corp.] who knows how many
robberies, burglaries, assaults or murders were prevented tonight?
I'm only guessing, but armed robbery is usually not a first offense
for the criminally-inclined. It will be interesting to see how long
the rap sheets were for these two thugs.
Would the Clinton/Gore plan for
disarming America have kept guns out of the hands of the criminals?
Possibly. I'm sure Clinton/Gore gun control laws would make it just
as difficult for criminals to get guns as the Clinton/Gore "War on
Drugs" has made it for criminals to buy illegal drugs.
Note: Despite the fact that the two
persons identified as "criminals" above are reported to have worn
masks and attempted armed robbery, they have not yet been convicted
and are as yet, only alleged criminals. Even the dead
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