Defensive Gun Use(s) of the Day: Battling Buckeyes Edition

Looks like it was a rough day of rest for armed robbers in the Queen City area yesterday. First, the victim of a mugging in Lockland, a Cincinnati suburb, pulled his gun and aerated all three miscreants who’d asked him for an involuntary donation of his disposable income to their Christmas accounts. Then an ill-advised attempt to hold up a gas station not far away went seriously awry when the stickup man took a pot shot at the attendants . . .


Two workers at the Sunoco gas station off Hamilton Avenue in Springfield Township fired their guns after a gunman shot at them during a hold-up just before 12:30 a.m. today, police said. The suspect, a man in his late teens or early 20s, died at the scene. His name has not been released.

When it comes to defending your business, two pistols are always better than one. The newspaper website is quick to pint out that, (harrumph!) police don’t recommend that crime victims take defending themselves into their own hands.

But it some of the locals appear to disagree.

“You have the right to protect yourself,” said Scott Carpenter, 31 of Springfield Township, who gets his coffee at Sunoco every morning. “I know everybody who works in there. They are all great guys. Everybody knows they have guns. That’s why I was surprised someone tried to rob them. It does not make sense. This is not the best neighborhood.”

Guess not quite everyone who needed to know that the people working at the Sunoco station were armed got the news. And based on the fact that the “suspect” currently occupies a drawer in the morgue, he won’t be able to tell anyone, either. Oh darn.