“That man was a hero. We could have had some bodies.” That’s the considered opinion of Jenny O’Donnell, owner of E.J.’s Place a Houston area bar after an armed patron took out two stick-up men early yesterday morning. “(A) head bartender and waitress were closing up for the night when two men walked into the bar and demanded everyone get down on the floor. Two other men ‘lingered at the bar door,’ she said. That’s when a customer at the bar pulled his own gun and started shooting at the men….” The armed patron must have been a pretty good shot, too, because one of the robbers dropped dead just outside the door and another didn’t make it out of the parking lot before beginning to assume ambient temperature. There’s no telling how many pops the armed customer had before unloading on the doods with heaters. And we may never find out . . .
Why? Because like the two accomplices who are still breathing and on the run, Jenny O’Donnell’s hero took off into the night. And the local 5-0 is looking for all three.
What’s the bet that E.J.’s Place sports a state-mandated 51% sign? If so, that makes any licensed concealed carrier a felon for walking in the door while packing. Not that bad things ever happen in bars.
If you listen to the two candidates running for Governor, both support easing the state’s gun control laws to legalize open carry in the Lone Star state. As we noted earlier this week (with the help of ammoland.com), bar room carry in North Carolina hasn’t resulted in the predictably predicted nightly drunken shoot-outs, with owners mopping up blood along with spilled beer every morning. Maybe someday residents of the firearms nirvana of Texas will know the same degree of freedom.