Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Call 911?, or intervene and save a life?

Suppose your wife drops your toddler into a cheetah pit at the zoo. Would you -
  1. Call 911? or
  2. Yell for a zookeeper? or
  3. Promptly jump into the pit to rescue your child?
Most rational people would immediately act to rescue their loved one from this or any other danger.

Suppose you are standing outside a store, and you see someone go in and attempt an armed robbery against your friend, a clerk there. Would you -

  1. Call 911?
  2. Yell for help?
  3. Retrieve your handgun and attempt to rescue your friend?

 Here in Knoxville, an 18 year old man identified as Tamon Stapleton was killed attempting to rob a Bread Box located at 6210 Asheville Highway in the wee hours of the morning with an illegal* gun. WVLT reports,
a friend of the clerk saw the robbery in progress from the parking lot, got his own gun and walked inside the store. . . and fired once.
WBIR interviewed the mother of the deceased, who said,
If the store clerk would have killed him I would have felt different. But because that man came into the store and killed him as he watched this robbery go on...he was not in danger. He could have dialed 911 and then went in to the store. But he didn't, he just automatically went into the store and shot my son in the head.
It is easy, perhaps for a grieving mother after the fact, to second guess the actions of a citizen who protected a friend. But other brigands and thieves should be warned:

More and more Tennesseans (and Americans in general) are recongnizing that the police can't and shouldn't be everywhere. They are choosing to arm themselves against potential criminals.

The WBIR story reports that the shooter did not have a handgun carry permit. It is unclear whether or not his gun was on his person, or in his vehicle. In Tennessee since July 1 last year, a permit is not needed to keep a loaded firearm in a vehicle. See my related reports HERE and HERE. Another little known nuance of Tennessee law is this section:

  • Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1322.  Defenses.   A person shall not be charged with or convicted of a violation under this part if the person possessed, displayed or employed a handgun in justifiable self-defense or in justifiable defense of another during the commission of a crime in which that person or the other person defended was a victim.
So, this law would apparently cover the shooter, even if he had the gun on his person and did not have a permit.

As to the armed robber, #interredisdeterred.

Given this situation, what would you do?

See Dave Workman's commentary at Examiner HERE.

 *Note, the term illegal is used here because the serial number had been removed 


  1. 1) When life is at stake and seconds count the police are just minutes away.
    2) It would probrably have to be somebody I cared about enough to get involved in a shooting on their behalf.

  2. One more violent criminal who wont ever kill or maim someone.

    His momma should be thankful he never got that far.


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