DC Deputy Mayor: Just give them what they want and hope, pray they don’t kill you

The stupid is strong with this one. Washington D.C. Deputy Mayor Paul Quander lets residents know if you’re robbed, you should just give in to the demands so you can walk away and live. The problem is, you don’t always walk away.

Do you take the chance, or fight for your life when you’re threatened with death? Play the odds? I have no idea how I would react if three thugs approached me with guns drawn, and I hope I never get put into that situation. If I was carrying concealed, I may well give up my phone and wallet and see how things progress, but things can turn really bad, really fast.

In the example provided, the young man suggested a kidnapping was either discussed or a possibility. If things deteriorated to the point where a loved one was being taken, I would not be surprised if all hell broke loose and rained down on those three fools awfully quick. God forbid I might get shot, I might die, but at least I made an attempt to stop the almost certain death that would fall on my loved one.

But you see, Quander does not want to allow you opportunity to save yourself. And remember this very important fact, just because you are carrying a concealed weapon, does not automatically demand escalation to deadly force. At some point, a line is crossed and you need to make the decision to draw to save your life or hold out and see if the even de-escalates. Quander wants to ensure you have no option other than begging for your life. Roll over, be scared, give them what they want and pray they won’t kill you.

Quander claims

If you are armed, it escalates the situation. It is much better, in my opinion, to be scared, to be frightened, and even if you have to be, to be injured, but to walk away and survive. Because you can, you’ll heal, and you can replace whatever was taken away. But the trauma of that gunshot to you or to someone else is traumatic.

Warner Todd Huston

Um, so… being beaten — or “injured” as Quander so dismissively put it — raped, stolen from… that all isn’t traumatic?

This cretin does not deserve to be an official concerned with public safety nor, most especially, “justice.”

I agree. This man does not deserve your respect or to be representing anyone as a public servant.

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Steve McGough

Steve's a part-time conservative blogger. Steve grew up in Connecticut and has lived in Washington, D.C. and the Bahamas. He resides in Connecticut, where he’s comfortable six months of the year.


  1. winnie on March 7, 2012 at 6:07 am

    Oh, the horror of shooting someone who has you at gunpoint.? He sounds like an apologist for the thugs out there committing this kind of violence on innocent citizens….trying to save the criminal’s life.? Who cares if you’re traumatized after being raped, beaten, left for dead, or if they put a bullet in your head after you’ve given them what they want?? How do you get these pukes off the streets if they leave *no witnesses*?? Answer:? you don’t.? THEY live to rob/kill on yet another day because they got away with it.? Let the story get out that citizens are protecting themselves with concealed weapons and you’ll see crime go down mighty fast.? Just my opinion…we all have the right to defend ourselves, especially when it comes to bodily harm.

  2. stinkfoot on March 7, 2012 at 7:51 am

    The last thing that so-called progressives want is for people to be empowered..? As long as that fact is registered then most of what government does starts to make sense according to their convoluted logic.??
    We have the right to defend ourselves against an armed thug threatening our life but how to we exercise our right to protect ourselves against the suit and tie thugs elected to office who seek to deny us our responsibility to protect ourselves, our families, and our property from not only the armed threats that might be posed by the small time thief but the legislated threat created by the criminal organization known as congress?

  3. Tim-in-Alabama on March 7, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Armed robbers are a lot like Iranians. If we’d just talk to them without preconditions, they’d like us more.

  4. Dimsdale on March 7, 2012 at 11:18 am

    Standard liberal fare: roll over and play dead, and let your assailants have whatever they want, whether the assailant is a criminal or a criminal posing as a politician.

  5. JBS on March 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm

    This liberal crap really steams me.
    Let’s see: Mayor of the murder capital? He has a police detail protecting him. He DOESN’T CARE, he is safe and has his protection.
    We would probably find out that he has some connection to the criminal element. Oh, wait, they are his electorate! No wonder he doesn’t want anyone hurting his likely voters.

  6. Truthseeker on March 7, 2012 at 1:33 pm

    I somewhat understand his comments since due to security fears, the Feds will likely NEVER allow concealed carry anywhere in DC.? I can just hear the debate in both the house and senate, where both parties in their fear of assination would not allow this.? However, I?think he could at least have made a plea for concealed carry.? BTW, I live the the blue land of Illinois.? One of the last states that does not allow concealed carry.? I can only blame this on the Chicago Dems who rule the State.

    • Steve M on March 7, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      That argument (the Feds not allowing concealed carry ever) does not work at all. It’s a totally false premise because any criminal can take the Metro right into the city from anywhere and bring a weapon. If a criminal is going to kill someone, a sign or a law won’t stop them. All these restrictions do is ensure law abiding citizens can not take steps to protect themselves.

  7. JBS on March 8, 2012 at 7:49 am

    By definition, criminals don’t obey laws.

  8. ricbee on March 8, 2012 at 10:25 pm

    After my military service I realized that I never want to be captured & gun or no gun,I will fight to the death rather than give it to any aggression. In a plane,a bus,on foot,it matters not,they will have to kill me to get anything I have.


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