Family of armed thief upset that armed citizen shot their son

An 18-year old man in Mobile, AL, decided to rob a Family Dollar store on November 12th, bringing a gun with him to threaten the store’s employees. While in the middle of the robbery, standing over an employee he had ordered to their knees and hold his gun to their head, a customer who was carrying a concealed handgun entered the store to do some shopping. Seeing the man with a gun to the employee’s head, the armed citizen drew his own gun and told the thief not to move. The thief responded by attempting to swing his gun around onto the citizen who then opened fire, hitting the thief 5 times. Police and paramedics responded, bringing the thief to the hospital where he is recovering.

Pretty cut-and-dry, here. Arming yourself for defensive purposes is usually phrased as “self-defense” but the laws are pretty clear that you are permitted to engage in order to protect your own life or the life of another if the threat against either is immediate and credible. Anyone who argues that a situation where an assailant has ordered someone to kneel down and is holding a firearm against that person’s head doesn’t qualify as an immediate and credible threat against a person’s life is seriously stuck on stupid.

And on that queue, enter the thief’s family:

A family member who did not want to be identified said White should have never been shot to begin with.

“If his (the customer) life was not in danger, if no one had a gun up to him, if no one pointed a gun at him – what gives him the right to think that it’s okay to just shoot someone?” said the relative. “You should have just left the store and went wherever you had to go in your car or whatever.”

Bob Owens of Bearing Arms is pitch perfect:

The thug’s degenerate family blames the man who shot their son, their son’s friends—everybody but their two-time loser son, who was out on bond for a prior robbery when he was shot by the shopper, an act that perhaps saving the employee’s life.

Indeed. What makes it okay to just shoot someone, they ask? The fact that their son decided to point a gun at someone in the commission of a crime, that’s what. Had the kid not been trying to commit armed robbery none of this would have happened. Suggesting that everyone else should simply ignore when their fellow citizens are having their lives threatened by criminals and go happily along with their day rather than holding their family member accountable for his own actions is disgusting, to say the least. The family should be counting their blessings that their son is still alive and, therefore, able to actually mend his ways. He’s got the chance to correct his course in life and still make something positive of himself. I know a few armed citizens that are sufficiently competent in their marksmanship that it wouldn’t be a situation where the criminal was recovering in a hospital after 5 shots.