This IHOP restaurant not too far from my home was robbed at gunpoint just after midnight last night. It isn’t even in what I would consider to be a particularly bad area of town. Robbed at gunpoint while eating a meal, if you are unarmed, you are completely at the mercy of the robber. Many will tell you, “Just give him what he wants,” and have you depend on the mental stability and good will of an armed felon. Your choices are limited.
If I am armed with a weapon, I have a choice. I can choose whether or not I will hand over my wallet. I can choose whether or not to be herded into the back room. I can choose whether or not to watch as the gunman kills others in the restaurant. Or forces the women to strip naked, and cuts the throat of the cook.
People ask me whether or not I would kill someone over the $50 or so that is in my wallet. My answer to them is that the robber is willing to, or he wouldn’t have a gun, and I am not shooting to take his life, I am choosing to shoot in order to save my own.
Others tell me that carrying a gun won’t help, that I will probably get killed anyway. Perhaps, but if nothing else, I have at least marked my killer in a way that will help him get caught. He will be the guy that you find somewhere between the scene of my murder and the closest emergency room with at least one 200 grain, .45 caliber hollowpoint lodged in his chest cavity.