Wait! Don’t watch the video yet. What’s wrong with this sentence: “Being trained in martial arts, Edri tried to disarm the robber.” I mean, if that’s all you knew about the story, would you approve or disapprove of Alethea Edri’s decision to take on an armed robber at Denver’s Colefax Avenue Video One store? Let’s add some details, you make up your mind, and THEN watch the video. Starting with this: the robber entered the store, pointed a gun at Ms Edri at nearasdammit point blank range and told her to get on the floor . . .
That’s not good. Why would he tell he to get on the floor instead of the usual “Gimme the money”? But judging from the video [which you'll watch in a minute], Edri was standing in front of a plate glass window when the robber gave her the command. Not herded into a back room or standing behind the counter.
OK, so Edri is a trained martial artist. She doesn’t look like one, or move like one, or talk like one, but let’s assume she is one. A really good one. If you have mad martial arts skills and the assailant was within spitting distance, would you, at that point, attack with your hands?
It’s a good time to do so, right? Fight early and fight viscously.
“I threw the bag down and grabbed the gun and stepped up to hit him in the jugular,” said Edri, manager of Video One.
The problem is she missed because she says the gunman is left-handed.
“I’m used to disarming a right-handed person,” said Edri.
So I guess we could say that didn’t work out so well for Edri. The assailant “stepped back” and shot her.
Or maybe Edri did the right thing. The bullet was a through-and-though, in one side of her arm and out the other. She lived to tell the tale. Isn’t that all that matters?
The again, maybe it was stupid. Maybe she should have just hit the deck and let the robbery play out. Most vide store robberies are not assassinations.
Judgment call? You tell me. While I tell you [who hasn't watched the vide yet] this: post-incident, she insults the robber. Calls him stupid. A man who owns a gun, isn’t afraid to use it, remains at liberty and, presumably, owns a TV. And/or knows people who do.
Edri says she’s now afraid of being shot. Be afraid Ms. Edri, be very afraid. And now would be a good time to get a CCW permit. Perhaps. What good would a gun have done in this situation? Enquiring minds want to know.