Four years ago, a failed grad student went postal, opening fire inside a screening of The Dark Knight at the Century 16 theater in Aurora, Colorado. James Holmes shot and killed 12 people and wounded seventy others. The spree killing triggered a “debate” between gun owners who lamented the fact that the cinema was a “gun free” zone and wished there’d been an armed civilian to stop or at least slow the slaughter, and those who saw Holmes as yet another poster boy for civilian disarmament. Meanwhile, Aurora gym owner Graham Dunne didn’t wait for a [theoretical] resolution . . .
Aurora resident Graham Dunne is a man who wears many hats. He’s a weight lifter who is married with three children [with] a full time job . . .
[Dunne’s] Fit Republic Parker, like any other retail business, is susceptible to crime. “There’s always the concern of theft, armed robbery,” he said. In addition to good locks, a cash vault and security cameras, Dunne employs one more piece of equipment. A concealed firearm, “I carry a gun to protect myself and to protect my customers.”
Not only does Dunne carry a gun himself, he encourages his customers to do the same with a sign displayed in his store’s window that reads, “Guns are welcomed on the premises.”
Dogs are welcome too, according to kdvr.com.
By putting his money where his mouth is, by encouraging his customers to exercise their natural, civil and Constitutionally protected right to keep and bear arms in their own defense and — hopefully not — his, Graham Dunne gets TTAG Gun Hero of the Day award. Here’s the kicker: he’s a cop. You can post your congrats to his Facebook Page.