Tuesday, December 27, 2011

You are the weapon.

Mama said knock you out:








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The place had been robbed before and the clerk was keyed up and had already made up his mind to resist. When the dude came in with the hoodie and bandana and what appeared to be a pistol, the clerk coldcocked him as soon as he was within arm's reach.

As PDB once noted, better a pointed stick and a furious anger than a death ray and the soul of a rabbit.

29 comments:

staghounds said...

This is exactly the same "news" industry that tells us that being prepared to resist with a pistol is dangerous and stupid.

And, clerk dude- take cover, let him lie there and bleed. A criminal is perfectly capable of using your Florence Nightingale impulse to shoot, stab, or beat you to death.

Kevin said...

Dude has a HELL of a left hook.

TxRed said...

Unless the clerk works for a family owned business, he'll be fired for "violating company policy". Corporate 'Murika don' much like it when you cause their insurance premiums to increase.

Also, do you think the "alleged" robber's nose always looks like that, or did our large-armed friend the clerk supply him with some over the counter rhinoplasty, pro bono?

WV: prour; We're mighty prour of what you did to that miscreant, mister.

Anonymous said...

Better a pointed stick and a furious anger than a death ray and the soul of a rabbit.

Thank you for that.

CA

Tango Juliet said...

If he wants money, get a job.

What a novel concept.

elmo iscariot said...

...better a pointed stick and a furious anger than a death ray and the soul of a rabbit.

Sorry to be a prat here, but I got the first two Loeb volumes of Livy for Christmas, and there's something quotable on every page. After the Rape of the Sabine Women:

But even the Crustuminians and Antemnates moved too slowly to satisfy the burning anger of the Caeninenses, and accordingly that nation invaded alone the Roman territory. But while they were dispersed and engaged in pillage, Romulus appeared with his troops and taught them, by an easy victory, how ineffectual is anger without strength.

Tam said...

Elmo Iscariot,

...whereas, if the Romans and their death rays had had the souls of rabbits, we'd know how to pronounce Etruscan. ;)

docjim505 said...

The "conventional wisdom" is that resisting a crook leads to more deaths. My thought is that, if more crooks thought that they'd go out feet first (or, at least, with a nose job that they hadn't planned on!), there'd be less crime to start with.

A debate that will never be settled, I suppose.

Tango Juliet said...

"The police cannot protect the citizen at this stage of our development, and they cannot even protect themselves in many cases. It is up to the private citizen to protect himself and his family, and this is not only acceptable, but mandatory.” -- Col. Cooper

Bubblehead Les. said...

Good attitude and spirit, but keep in mind, this was one dumb mother who tried to rob a place, then put both hands on a bag w/o his weapon. I wouldn't try this if there was a #2 covering me with a 12 gauge, unless the next order was to turn around and go to my knees. That's when you get the Double Ought in the back, so you might as well go for it.

Jake (formerly Riposte3) said...

@ Elmo Iscariot: Well, if the guy with the death ray also has a furious anger, the guy with the pointed stick is pretty much boned. But both death rays and pointed sticks are useless without the will to use them.

@ Bubblehead Les: Yes, and yes. But I would also add good tactics to the list, since he did wait until the twit let himself get distracted with the bag o' money.

elmo iscariot said...

...whereas, if the Romans and their death rays had had the souls of rabbits, we'd know how to pronounce Etruscan. ;)

Ha! Naturally, it's best to have both.

Montie said...

Tango Juliet,
As one who has spent 26 years in the LE profession, I couldn't agree with Col. Jeff more.

Oh, and ditto what Kevin said about that left hook!

Pakkinpoppa said...

Don't try and rob a place with what "appears" to be a pistol, especially this particular place tomorrow. My guess is, there may be a few real pistols there the next day.

staghounds said...

As though we knew how to pronounce Latin.

Anonymous said...

"some over the counter rhinoplasty, pro bono"

Ha!

"If he wants money, get a job."

Word.

Take note, Occutards: it's 7 words, y'all .... all under 3 syllables, so I'm sure you can manage.

Kristopher said...

Staghounds: The clerk disarmed him. He was carrying a pellet pistol in his waistband.

Rabbit said...

Don't tell anyone, but my form is just camouflage. The stripes are real.

Montie said...

Staghounds,

I dunno, the Latin teacher I had for two years in high school was pretty sure SHE knew how to pronounce Latin. But then again, without any native speakers around these days, who knows how much it's been butchered over the centuries of hand-me-down.

Tam said...

staghounds,

"As though we knew how to pronounce Latin."

Touché!

(Although, thanks to the furious anger of Rome, we're thousands of years closer to correct with Latin than we are with Etruscan. ;) )

staghounds said...

1. Kris, a cornered rat is always dangerous. While clerk is leaning in with those paper towels this slug could easily gouge an eye or bite a nose.

I only mention it because you aftermath like you train and plan for, too. Let the EMTs help him.

2. I have it in the back of my mind that at the Congress of Berlin the British delegates communicated by speaking Latin. The Public School pronunciation differed so from the Continental that it was safe from comprehension by foreigners.

45er said...

I was about to post on this when I saw it was already done. What is interesting is that in the interview the clerk stated that he normally carried a gun and would have shot him, but didn't have it that day. Strangely, that was edited out of this story. Always carry your gun.

Justthisguy said...

Cap'n Lex has also noticed this. I left a comment about it on his post there.

Larry said...

I don't know if he's a southpaw but that left hook certainly does the job. Whenever I see this video I have to laugh.
And he was not fired, his boss said something to the effect of "punching the crook isn't store policy, but Merry Christmas!" or something like that.

Joanna said...

2. I have it in the back of my mind that at the Congress of Berlin the British delegates communicated by speaking Latin. The Public School pronunciation differed so from the Continental that it was safe from comprehension by foreigners.

That's awesome.

"You'd be surprised how fast a completely peaceful civilization can whip up a couple million shotguns." -- Starslip

MSgt B said...

Saweet!

That guy's my new hero.

No hesitation. Helluva left hook.

If I owned the store, I'd buy him a beer.

Wayne said...

Linked again at Instapundit. How's the site meter doing?

Anonymous said...

Mustafa? WTF? Haven't seen the reference to his probable religion mentioned. I'd have just shot the turd.

Old NFO said...

Nice left cross there! :-)