No shots were fired. This thug was running for his life after a liquor store clerk in Sunderland, Ma. pulled out a firearm in self-defense after the robber came in and displayed a large knife and demanded cash.
You won’t see this in the statistics because no shots were fired and nobody was injured. Remember these events happen every single day, multiple times per day. Sometimes, the presence of a firearm stops a robbery or assault without the victim even knowing what could have happened. From WWLP.
Sunderland Police Chief Jeffrey Gilbert told 22 News that a man wearing a white knit cap with holes cut out for his eyes, walked into the Spirit Shoppe on Amherst Road, and pulled out a large knife.
According to Chief Gilbert, the robber told the clerk, “I’m all cracked out! Give me all your cash.”
At that point the clerk displayed his own weapon, a handgun of unspecified caliber, and the unsuccessful robber ran out of the store empty handed.
Update: What I mean about “not in the statistics.” The government and private organizations collect all sorts of data on the use of firearms during a crime, but the data is driven by injuries, deaths, and the criminal using the gun. There is no data set from the FBI crime statistics telling us how many times a gun is used for self-defense. Like mentioned above, activities like open carry could stop a crime before anyone – except the criminal – knows it’s about to happen. We also know concealed carry – when the criminal knows it’s possible the target may have a gun – can stop a crime too.