Does anyone really think concealed carriers are going to stop carrying their firearm at Target because their interim CEO asked law-abiding Americans to leave their guns at home? For one thing, why should they? Target’s request does not have the force of law. The big box retailer continues to abide by local gun laws. If you can carry a firearm legally in your jurisdiction, you can carry a firearm in Target. For another, Americans who carry a concealed firearm into Target are practical people. While the ever-strident Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America and the odiously condescending MSNBC make fun of “guns in the toy aisle,” people who carry into Target understand that they may actually need a gun during their shopping trip. True story . . .
Man arrested in robbery and shooting at Aurora Target store [via denverpost.com]
Aurora police have arrested a 33-year-old man in a robbery at a Target store Friday night in which a gunman fired a bullet into the ceiling. John Robert Pomeroy was being held Saturday for investigation of aggravated robbery involving a controlled substance, felony menacing, robbery and attempted homicide, said Cassidee Carlson, Aurora police spokeswoman.
Two Men Admit Roles in Armed Robbery of New Jersey Target Store on Black Friday 2012 [via fbi.gov]
Two New Jersey men admitted this week to participating in an armed robbery of a Target Store in Union, New Jersey, on Black Friday in November 2012, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced today. Maryland Liggins, III, 29, of Newark, pleaded guilty today before U.S. District Judge Anne E. Thompson in Trenton federal court to an information charging him with conspiracy to commit a Hobbs Act robbery. On May 20, 2014, Darrell A. Carter, 24, of Irvington, New Jersey, pleaded guilty before Judge Thompson to an information charging him with one count of Hobbs Act robbery and one count of using a firearm in furtherance of a crime of violence.
Suspect identified in High Point Target armed robbery [via myfox8.com]
A man was arrested in connection with an armed robbery of Target in High Point, according to police.Officers arrested Nigel Moore, 39, following a traffic stop on Eastchester Drive shortly after 8 p.m. Monday.
This is a snapshot of dozens of armed robberies at Target stores. In most cases, no one is injured or killed. But not in every case. And certainly not in every potential instance. But that’s hardly the whole picture. If you Google “shooting target parking lot” you’ll find dozens of examples of people shot to death within shouting distance of the retailer’s doors.
There’s no getting around it: Target is a target for robbery and a magnet for violence. Given the amount of cash each store collects on a daily basis, given the neighborhoods in which some of these stores are located, it’s no surprise that Target cashiers sometimes find themselves at the wrong end of a gun, or that patrons are mowed down in the store’s parking lots. Kidnapped and killed, too.
The antis’ argument against carrying a firearm in Target: fat lot of good that’ll do you! The death of Joseph Wilcox – the armed civilian who tried to intervene at a Las Vegas Wal-Mart when two cop-killers entered and announced the beginning of a revolution – gives the gun grabbers not-so-secret satisfaction. See? You’re safer without a gun.
Have these antis ever Googled “concealed carrier stops robbery“? The search engine serves-up hundreds of stories of average Americans who used their firearms to stop armed robberies. Even if gun control proponents did their homework, they’d remain unconvinced. They see concealed carriers who intervene in criminal activity as dangerous wanna-be cops…regardless of successful outcomes. To their way of thinking, armed Americans don’t stop violence, they escalate it.
Common sense and actual, factual reality tell us that they’re dead wrong. Check out this fact check from actionarmerica.org:
Only 2% of civilian shootings involve an innocent person being shot (not killed). The error rate for police is 11%. What this means is that you are more than 5 times more likely to be accidentally shot by a policeman than by an armed citizen. But, when you consider that citizens shoot and kill at least twice as many criminals as do police every year, it means that, per capita, you are more than 11 times more likely to be accidentally shot by a policeman than by an armed citizen.
Regardless of the stats, the Moms who insist that so-called “gun-free zones” are safer than places that welcome armed Americans are seriously deluded. They can’t (or won’t) see the truth: when bad guys set out to rob, rape or kill, everyone’s a target. Some refuse to be victims. Many of those are armed. Most of those will not enter a Target without firearm – regardless of the political or economic implications. They just won’t do it. And who can blame them?