That’s definitely not something I want to experience, but I’ll certainly take Robert Eells’ word for it. Eells survived a bullet to the gut, drew his legally concealed gun, returned fire and repelled three street scum who were trying to rob him. Chalk up another one for the good guys. The Temple University student was just fortunate he wasn’t walking the two blocks to campus when he was attacked…
Because like most schools, Temple is a gun-free zone. And island of peace and tranquility in a sea of Philadelphia. So while Eells is licensed to carry, he has to leave his gun at home when heading the two blocks to campus and back. And no one needs a gun on campus, do they? As philly.com tells it:
Sophomore Robert Eells, 21, of Chalfont, Bucks County, was sitting with at least one friend in front of their home in the 2300 block of North 12th Street shortly before 2 a.m. when three assailants approached and demanded money.
When Eells failed to comply, the assailants opened fire, police said. Eells, struck in the stomach, fired a couple of rounds toward the would-be robbers, wounding one suspect, a 15-year-old boy, in the chest and a leg.
Fortunately, the famously carry-supportive Philly PD viewed the incident as a clear case of self defense.
The teenager will face charges of aggravated and simple assault, robbery, and possibly attempted murder, said police spokeswoman Tanya Little. She said Eells had a license to carry a firearm and probably would not be charged.
“As far as the investigation stands now, I don’t believe so. He was acting in self-defense,” she said. ”If you do have a permit, that would be the time to use your weapon, when someone tries to rob you and shoots you,” she said.
I wouldn’t want to find out how the Philly PD would handle the same situation if the three thugs had only pulled a gun and hadn’t shot first. Maybe Eells should consider himself lucky he was shot. Stupid as that sounds.
Philly has the same issues and crime as any other big American city. Certainly the administrators at Temple, an urban campus, know that. It would be nice if they considered their students’ safety and didn’t require those who are licensed to carry a gun to disarm themselves in order to attend class.