DA says victims complied with demands during robbery but were shot anyway
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Prosecutors say a Tennessee pharmacy owner killed during a robbery had handed over several bottles of oxycodone before he was shot to death.So, the pharmacist complied, did exactly as the robber demanded, and got shot dead anyways. Seems he would have been a lot better served reaching under the counter for a .38 Special. As it was, a customer died and two more were wounded as the criminal tried to leave no witnesses. This being TN, though, I'm a little surprised that no one else in the store was armed - although it is easy to armchair quarterback when no one's pointing a gun at me...
Grainger County District Attorney General Jimmy Dunn made the comments Friday, one day after the owner of Down Home Pharmacy in Bean Station, a town in East Tennessee, was killed during the robbery. Police say a customer was also killed and two people were wounded.
This is the fallacy of the "Just give them what they want" argument, folks. You. Never. Know. Sure, the guy sticking a gun in your face may be a father, out of work for a year with no money, struggling to feed his family, hating himself for having to do this and meaning you no harm. Or he could be a junkie looking for a fix whose drug-addled brain thinks it's better to execute everyone in the room rather than get caught for armed robbery. You. Never. Know. Telling people to comply with the robber's demands rather than fight back assumes that the robber is in control of their mental faculties and acting rationally.
That's an assumption I am not willing to make.
If someone threatens your life, you had damn well take them at face value. You absolutely NEED to act as though they have every single intention of following through on that threat - because they just might. I don't necessarily mean start shooting - if the opportunity presents itself, "running like a scared jackrabbit" is a perfectly viable defense strategy. If you're a halfway decent runner they're not about to chase you, and moving targets are hard to hit. But if you can't run away, whether from age, infirmity, or familial obligations, then you need to have a plan to deal with someone making threats against your life.
I prefer using the best tools possible, whether they be from Gaston Glock, Mssrs. Smith & Wesson, or otherwise...
That is all.
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