I strongly applaud The Star for its front-page report of the ATM user who successfully defended himself with a gun (8/3, Local, “Customer shoots gunman; Confrontation in Northland parking lot ends with the robber hospitalized”).
The story is important because it lets the criminal element know that their activity carries a higher risk now that concealed carry is a reality in Kansas City. More stories like that will surely result in a reduced number of attacks on innocent citizens.
I never look forward to someone being injured, but the first thing I thought of when I read “Customer shoots gunman” was, “It’s about time!”
Every day I read stories of armed robberies and other violence, and finally a story comes along where someone was able to fight back. I wonder what this thief was thinking when he figured out he robbed the wrong person this time.
I took a concealed carry class so that if I needed to I could protect myself or my family. I felt that would be the only situation where I would pull a weapon on someone. But I’ve also never had someone demand my wallet while shoving a gun in my face.
Maybe the gunman learned a lesson. Maybe all those who prey on the law-abiding will take notice. You never know who is armed, and we are no longer going to be victims to thugs. It is time to take back our streets. The wave of violence reported in Kansas City every day has pushed passive citizens to action.
Be forewarned: Times are changing, and so are the laws. Now citizens are supported more and more by legislation to defend themselves and their property from thugs who prey on Joe Citizen.
To the man who was forced to shoot this thug: I know you will relive this moment the rest of your life. Sleep soundly. You did Kansas City and the world a service. Thanks!
Mark S. Leslie