In Claxton, Georgia on Sunday, am armed stick-up man attempted to rob a Shell Food Mart at about 4 a.m. It didn’t turn out as well as he expected. The clerk on duty at that early hour was armed, too. “Surveillance video shows the suspect approach the counter, pull out a hand gun, and start waving it around. (Rick) Patel then reaches under the counter and pulls out his own gun.” Patel chased the would-be holdup man front the store . . .
The suspect ran and Patel is seen on video chasing him out of the store. Patel said the suspect’s gun went off as he ran toward the self storage business next door. Patel said he’d do it again if he had to.
This sort of incident has been seen over and over again. It’s fairly common for crimes to be stopped by armed citizens. What’s seen less often is the attitude of the store owner:
“I’m really proud,” said Shell Food Mart owner Bhinder Singh Dhiman. “Whatever he did I’d like if everybody started doing it that way, the robbery will be stopped, especially for convenience stores.”
Singh is exactly correct. The effect of disarming yourself so as not to present a threat to armed robbers only encourages more armed robbery. It’s why ransoms shouldn’t be paid to kidnappers. It encourages more kidnapping.
On a larger scale, Rudyard Kipling captured the essence this principle in his poem, Danegeld:
It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
For fear they should succumb and go astray,
So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
You will find it better policy to say:
“We never pay any one Dane-geld,
No matter how trifling the cost,
For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
And the nation that plays it is lost!”
The robber in this story held up five stores that night, and got money from three of them.
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