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Monday, November 28, 2011

Chalk One Up For The Good Guys

"Laws that forbid the carrying of arms disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. ... Such laws make things worse for the assaulted and better for the assailants; they serve rather to encourage than to prevent homicides, for an unarmed man may be attacked with greater confidence than an armed man."
-- Thomas Jefferson, quoting Cesare Beccaria --

Here's one you won't read about on the editorial page of the rabidly anti-gun Roanoke Times:
Customer, armed robbers engage in shootout

Houston - Two armed men tried to rob a Denny's restaurant, but ended up fleeing after a shootout with a customer.

The shootout happened at a Denny's restaurant in the 11000 block of the East Freeway around 5:50 a.m. Saturday.

Officials said two armed suspects wearing bandannas entered and attempted to rob the restaurant.

The sole customer in the restaurant, a licensed concealed handgun carrier, saw the suspects enter, pulled out his own gun, took cover and fired at the robbers, detectives said.

Investigators said the suspects returned fire and fled the restaurant. The customer followed the suspects, firing as he went. The suspects jumped into a white minivan and fled the scene.

Officials said a white minivan with what appeared to be bullet holes was found later in the 1400 block of Griffen. It had been reported stolen, police said. [link]
You know how that saying goes (click on the image to enlarge it):

The end of the story?

"So far, police [who got to the scene of the aborted crime just in time to complete the necessary paperwork and to open "a case"] have no suspects in the case."

Whatever. A crime was prevented. And lives were potentially saved. Paperwork or no.