Pennsylvania shopper killed while chasing bank robber
WASHINGTON, Pa. – A Pennsylvania bank robbery suspect fatally shot a supermarket customer who ran after him and tried to stop his getaway car, police said.
South Strabane Township police identified the dead man as Vincent Kelley, 46, of Washington, Pa.
First off, rest in peace, Mr. Kelley. The world would be a better place if more people got involved and didn't just let crime happen. It's a shame this worked out the way it did - it would have been much better if you'd been able to get the plate, call the cops, be a good witness and get the guy arrested. Or, even better, introduce his insides to the outside with your own firearm.
I can't put this any differently, I'm sorry. Going after someone armed with a firearm while completely unarmed is a bad freakin' idea. Sorry. Going after someone that just robbed a bank with a gun while completely unarmed and unable to protect yourself might work in the movies, where a touching soliloquy might turn the heart of the bad guy, but in real life you're a lot more likely to get get shot.
There's two things about this that really upset me. First and foremost, the senseless loss of life, of course. For a few dollars in a bank robbery a man lost his life. The goblin that did this took away a man's life for no good reason whatsoever. I hope he is convicted and sentenced to hang. Secondly, this plays right into the "give them what they want" mentality. The bleating sheep who would hand over their wallets in the vain hope the wolf won't eat them will point to this story triumphantly. See?
Folks, please don't confront armed goblins, even if you do have a gun of your own. Sure, if there are lives at stake, of course. But if the dude's on his way out, let him go. I know we're programmed to want to help, to stop the bad guy, to wear the white hat and save the day. That's wonderful and noble and we could use more of it. Just choose your battles, be smart about how and where and when you intervene, and if you can't effectively defend yourself, live to fight another day.
And for the love of all that's good and wholesome, carry your damn guns...
That is all.
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