Defensive Gun Use of the Day: Awry is Awrong Edition

“Police are investigating a fatal shooting during a robbery gone awry at a southwest Albuquerque smoke shop on Friday.” Awry? Awry would have been an innocent taking a bullet. We’d say things went about as well as they could have, given the circumstances. An un-named clerk shot an un-named robbery suspect until he stopped. Breathing, that is. And got the skinny from the clerk’s cousin: “The clerk always carries a gun with him, she said. ‘You know, just the world we live in now, I mean, he’s always prepared to defend his family, his friends, and himself,’ Baumeister told the television station . . . ‘It’s unfortunate when things have to end this way.'” Hard to argue with that. We don’t know if the fact that the store appears to sell more bongs than Bolivars or Benson & Hedges makes it any more crime prone, but the clerk got to go home that night. The robber . . . not so much. [h/t Aaron L.]


  1. avatar Accur81 says:

    How dare you imply that the presence of bongs implies that crime may also be prevalent!

    1. avatar MotoJB says:

      Yeah, really! It’s also totally legal here in CA, where we have hundreds of thousands of “sick” people with toe-aches that NEED their weed. Sheesh, the nerve.

      1. avatar Blinky Pete says:

        Yeah, they should just outlaw it completely, because that’s working so well for states like Texas, Louisiana and Florida.

        1. avatar Kory says:

          When you outlaw drugs then only the criminals will have drugs.

      2. avatar ItsLate says:

        The War On Drugs was a War On Us The People, & the CIA hates competition in the Drug Business. Besides the hallucinogenic high (& pain relief) attributed to Marijuana, it has cancer fighting attributes. Also much was made out of hemp (clothes etc.) before it was illegal. Legalizing hemp would create jobs & industry. Prohibition of Alcohol didn’t work. The War on Drugs doesn’t work. Sending people to jail fro it’s use is idiotic. Many Prosecutors are calling for legalization. Now the AG has declared drug possession you loose your gun rights. You know how easy it is for LEO to plant drugs? Duh!

        1. avatar Fejjie says:

          Cancer fighting attributes?? What medical journal did you pull that information from? Marijuana can help fight chemotherapy induced Anorexia and associated nausea but nothing more. PS-It does help give you lung cancer though.

    2. avatar NeonCat says:

      I’m sure it has nothing to do with the fact that due to the WoD such businesses tend to have more cash sales than traceable payments like checks, credit cards, etc. and are therefore very lucrative targets.

    3. avatar Blinky Pete says:

      Well, since we’ve given people no legal recourse on the marijuana matter, yeah, by default criminals will be involved. You know, same way if we outlaw guns, only outlaws will have guns.

      1. avatar Accur81 says:

        I’m merely making the observation that legal weed in CA has not resulted in as much peace as some would expect. I don’t much care about weed, but Marijuana DUI is a PITA. Other than that, and a few other minor reservations, I don’t care for it.

  2. avatar jwm says:

    The store was engaged in lawful commerce regardless of our opinions of the products they sell. I believe the tobacco products they sell do more damage to the public each year than firearms or automobiles combined.

    As for the shooting. Good job, the good guy goes home and the bad guy doesn’t. Win win.

  3. avatar DrewN says:

    Given the very small profit margin on tobacco products almost every shop in my area carries a ton of bongs,humidors,airsofts,novelties,pocket knives etc. Given that alot of the new pyrex bongs retail for upwards of $350 and wholesale for around half that, it’s hard to blame them.

  4. avatar JPD says:

    That clerk is doing his part to help the budget of New Mexico. One less criminal to get a room with a TV, free clothes, food, medical care, shelter, free counseling, education, and recreational activities. Per 2011 statistics, $47,100 per inmate, nationwide average cost in our prison systems.

  5. avatar Wyatt says:

    Hope he isn’t fired. You would be for defending yourself at almost any corporate chain, I think.

  6. avatar Ruun says:

    It’s much easier to blame the weed and those dirty pot-heads than the government unconstitutionally overstepping its bounds.

    1. avatar Kelly in GA says:

      My experience with pot heads tells me that they don’t rob a place. They just sit in a corner eating Oreos.

  7. avatar Joseph says:

    Apparently the robber entered the smoke shop and got smoked. Good for him.

  8. avatar Spencer says:

    Ill bet the fake weed and other synthetic drugs had a lot more to do here than cash or grass.

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