In 2013, Circle K was reported to have a policy that disarms their employees. Like many businesses the working theory is that it’s cheaper to suffer multiple robberies, (and risk dead and injured employees and customers) than to allow employees to defend themselves and their customers. One of the problems with that calculus is that it encourages more armed robberies of Circle K stores, thus increasing the actual risk to employees and customers, while decreasing the risk to the bad guys . . .
Don’t think for a minute that those bad guys don’t know that. From abc15.com:
PHOENIX – Officials are looking for a man who they believe robbed three different Circle K locations around the West Valley.
On September 6th between the hours of 4:20 a.m. and 5 a.m., a male entered three Circle K stores and robbed each at gun point.
In the screenshot above, the suspect is holding a gun-like object. Is it really a gun? My educated guess is that it’s a single action revolver with the ejector rod housing on the right side of the barrel. His finger seems to be on the trigger, but I cannot make out enough detail to determine if the hammer is cocked.
Details like that can make a big difference in the calculation of whether the odds of resisting are in your favor.
The robber has identifiable tattoos on each arm and we have a decent view of his face which should make it easier to track him down.
Wisconsin destroyed the legal argument that businesses incur more liability by allowing their employees to exercise their Second Amendment rights. They did that by granting them immunity from lawsuit for allowing customers and employees to carry firearms.
In this case, not resisting worked for the Circle K clerks. That may not be the case next time.
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