Story 1: Houston Carrier stops robbery
Last week, another concealed carrying good samaritan was able to stop a bad situation from getting worse. Around 9pm on a Friday night, just before an Auto Zone was about to close, three men walked into the store wielding guns. They demanded cash from the register and held the clerk at gunpoint. Luckily, a customer was just pulling into the parking lot and he too was carrying a firearm. After witnessing the robbery in progress he decided to take action. He pulled his weapon and entered the store demanding the criminals to put their guns down and lay on the floor. 911 was called and the deputies arrived while the robbers were still being safely detained by the concealed carrier. All three were arrested and are likely to face felony charges for aggravated robbery with a deadly weapon. No shots were fired, no one was hurt, and all the criminals were taken into custody. Deputies stated their appreciation for the carriers actions, but also felt the need to state that they believe people should not do the same, saying that similar actions could have started a shoot out and might have gotten people hurt.
Story 2: New Orleans man arrested after defensive shooting
On the night of the 28th last month, a New Orleans man was arrested after he shot a trespasser. Early Wednesday morning, Venson Abraham got a call from his home security company warning him that there was was a possible intruder breaking into his garage. So Abraham grabbed his gun and when out to investigate. The 73-year-old homeowner discovered 2 intruders on his property. As the intruders began to run Abraham yelled at them to stop. Apparently, one man actually did stop, turned around and reached for his waistband. It was then, at the moment that Abraham feared he was reaching for a weapon, so he shot the suspect in the neck. It was revealed after police arrived that the 53-year-old intruder did not have a gun, he was taken to the hospital in critical condition. Abraham was later arrested and charged with aggravated battery, with a bail set at Ten-thousand dollars. Many neighbors and friends have expressed their views about the situation, saying that Abraham is a decent man who doesn’t deserve to go to jail. The criminal element in Abrahams neighborhood is known to be potent. In fact, this is the 2nd time Abraham has had someone break into his garage. He even put up an iron fence to keep intruders out after the first occurrence. Fortunately, juries rarely convict in a case like this, according to Defense attorney Robert Jenkins.
Story 3: Smart Guns
The integration of more advanced technology into our daily lives has revolutionized the way we do everything. In the past years of gun violence we’ve experienced, some have tried to push for the modernization of gun safety. So-called smart guns, like ones pitched by the young start-up owner, Kai Kloepfer, have sought to make firearm operation exclusive to designated users. In 2012 the 18-year-old began to develop a system of using fingerprint scanner technology to stop the wrong people from using firearms. He became inspired to help reduce gun violence after the 2012 Aurora theater shooting that occurred just 35 miles from his home in Boulder. Since then he has spent the past 4 years working on the design of the product. But he’s not the only one, years ago Cold and Smith & Wesson both attempted to create smart gun models for their customers. Neither brand was able to succeed and actually inspired backlash in some cases from the market. The question surrounding the success of this start-up, just like in any other industry, is whether it provides enough value for the consumer to switch. In this case, you’ll have particularly difficult time as it’s been shown.
Story 4: Jewelry store owner stops armed robbers with AK-47
Employees and customers of a jewelry store in Conroe, Texas are safe after a failed robbery and execution. On Monday afternoon, Jeff’s Jewelry was stormed by 4 men dressed in all black, and armed. They demanded money, jewels, and customer valuables. When they began to flee the store, one robber turned, pointed his gun back into the crowd and begin to shoot at customers and employees. Luckily before he got was able to shoot and injure anyone, he was killed. Jeffery Turner Jr., the owner of the store, had pulled out his AK-47 and shot the thief dead. Luckily no one else was injured in the shooting. But this isn’t the first time that the store has been the target of a robbery. 2 years ago, another group of men busted into the store just before opening time. They drove a van up to the store and smashed the door with a sledgehammer. Once inside they quickly realized they made a mistake when an employee pulled out a shotgun. Immediately after they realized this heist wasn’t going to be that easy, they turned tail and fled.