Armed Patron Celebrated As Hero After Opening Fire On Two Robbers

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When two armed robbers entered a Texas restaurant last weekend, the dining room was clearing out as owners prepared to close for the evening. One of the patrons finishing up his meal, however, was able to jump into action as the suspects made their way toward the cash register.

Owner Koy Sam recalled that seeing the two armed robbers storm into the business was alarming.

“All of a sudden, my wife ran back panicking,” he said, noting that one of the suspects forced him and his wife to the ground as the other made his way to the till.

A vigilant customer stepped in and grabbed one of the men, firing his own gun at the other as he ran out of the Houston eatery. All the while, Sam said, the patron reassured everyone else that the situation was under control,

“He was amazing,” the owner said. “He absolutely kept us all calm, made sure everything was OK.”

The customer was able to hold one suspect until authorities arrived, though the accomplice was able to exit the scene. A KHOU report indicated it is not clear whether the second suspect was hit when the patron opened fire.

K&S Seafood was left with several bullet holes in its front windows, but staff and customers were safe – as was the money in the register. Thanks to the quick thinking of an armed patron, the restaurant is enjoying some local celebration and an increase in business.

Conservative radio hosts in the area have reportedly been urging listeners to visit the restaurant, and some existing customers are doing their best to promote the establishment. Thomas Bazan, for example, is making the rounds in surrounding neighborhoods distributing promotional fliers.

“There’s wickedness and evil,” he said, “and we need to stand up against it and fight back.”

The willingness to fight back shown by the armed customer Saturday evening prompted Bazan’s wife, Paula, to pursue getting a concealed handgun license. She was among those eager to praise the customer’s actions.

“Thank you for your bravery,” she said, “and thank you for being prepared.”

h/t: IJReview

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Pizza Delivery Driver’s Job In Jeopardy After Act Of Self-Defense

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According to recent reports, a man is recovering in jail after being shot during a botched robbery Sunday in Georgia. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution indicates a delivery driver working for a local Papa John’s was making a delivery when 24-year-old Decatur resident Donquaz Devon Stevenson ordered her to get on the ground at gunpoint.

“She arrived at the location and a male began approaching the vehicle she thought was there to pick up the pizza,” said DeKalb County Police Capt. Steve Fore. “When he got to her, he produced a handgun and forced her out of the vehicle and onto the ground.”

Instead of giving in to his demands, however, she was able to retrieve her own handgun and shoot Stevenson in the face.

“She had her own firearm in her pocket,” Fore explained, “and while down on the ground she was able to retrieve that firearm and then shoot the suspect.”

The would-be robber was apprehended a short time later and was jailed on an armed robbery charge. An accomplice was able to get into the employee’s vehicle and drive away, however, and police are still searching for the suspect as of the latest reports available.

Fore explained that the victim felt she “had no other choice” in responding to the threat, adding she “must have been in fear for her life and she reacted.”

At this point, however, she and her family are hoping Papa John’s will be as understanding. Her mother spoke to a WSB-TV reporter and explained her daughter is not only in shock after the harrowing experience, she is afraid she might be fired for carrying a gun at work.

h/t: Bearing Arms

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Look At The Crazy Thing That Happened When An Engaged Couple Tried To Get This Photo Reprinted

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Texas residents Stephanie Wehner and her fiancé Mitch Strobl were making final preparations for the big day — their wedding and reception this coming weekend. As part of their celebration, they decided to share engagement photos with friends and family attending the ceremonies.

So, they dropped off 13 photographs at a Dallas Walmart to have them reprinted as handouts. When Stephanie went back to the store to pick up her reprints, there were no pictures of her and Mitch with his prized 12-gauge shotgun. Even the original of the couple posing with the gun was missing.

And what the Walmart employee said regarding why the photo couldn’t be released floored the couple, who told their story to local TV station WFAA.

You can watch the TV news report on what might be dubbed the “shotgun wedding” controversy by clicking on the video above.

 

h/t: usatoday.com

Photo Credit: WFAA

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Retired Navy Veteran Suing Governor Cuomo For Second Amendment Violation

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A retired NYPD detective who also served in the United States Navy is suing New York Governor Andrew Cuomo (D), other state and local officials, and a hospital. The reason? His firearms were confiscated by his local sheriff’s office after he sought voluntary treatment for insomnia.

The suit was filed by Donald Montgomery in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of New York in Rochester on December 17, The Daily Caller reported. It is challenging the validity of the New York SAFE Act, one of the toughest gun control laws signed into law by Cuomo in 2013.

Montgomery, who served in the NYPD for 30 years, is asserting that his constitutional rights were violated. As The Daily Caller explains, the story began last May when Montgomery sought treatment from his primary care physician after a bout with insomnia.

He and his wife then relocated to be closer to family. This move involved the purchase of a new home and the sale of an old one.

The retired detective sought treatment a few days later at Eastern Long Island Hospital, complaining of the same symptoms. He was diagnosed with “Depression; Insomnia.” Montgomery was prescribed medication and advised to come back to the hospital if symptoms persisted.

He returned May 23, complaining of the same symptoms, and stayed at the hospital for 48 hours. But even though he voluntarily checked in on both occasions, the hospital erroneously marked him as an involuntary admission.

Being marked as involuntarily caused the SAFE Act’s reporting provision to go into effect. According to Fox News, anyone considered at risk for owning a firearm by a mental health professional in the Empire State must be reported and entered into a database.

But the rub for Montgomery comes in the details. According to the suit, he does not meet the SAFE Act’s criteria.

Nurses’ notes show he did not have any mental health problems during either stay. The notes read:

“Patient has no thoughts of hurting himself. Patient has no thoughts of hurting others. Patient is not having suicidal thoughts. Patient is not having homicidal thoughts.”

The notes added that Montgomery was “mildly depressed,” but the assessment read that “Insight, judgment, and impulse control are good.” Additionally, a psychiatrist said to him, “You don’t belong here” and “I don’t know why you were referred here.”

Still, his records were referred to the Mental Hygiene Legal Service which, according to their website, “provides legal services, advice and assistance to persons receiving care or alleged to be in need of care at inpatient and community-based facilities for the mentally disabled.”

The Daily Caller notes Montgomery’s four firearms — a Colt .38 handgun, a Derringer .38, a Glock 26 9-mm, and a Smith and Wesson Bodyguard 380 — were confiscated by the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Office a week after his hospital stay. His gun license was suspended in June and terminated three months after that.

The U.S. Navy vet is asking in the suit that New York State notify in writing any individual whose name has been entered in the SAFE Act database. He also alleges that his Second, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendment rights were violated, and that the hospital infringed upon his privacy by sharing information with the New York State Police.

h/t: Mental Recession

Image Credit: Diana Robinson (Flickr)

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Chicago’s Anti-Gun Mayor Called Out For The Sign Posted In Front Of His Home

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Although he is affiliated with a nationwide network of mayors dedicated to implementing strict gun control measures on law-abiding citizens, recent reports indicate Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel is not opposed to firearms when used to protect him and his family.

Earlier this month, Emanuel’s son, Zach, was mugged just outside of the prominent Democrat’s home. In response, reports indicate Chicago police were on the scene in a fraction of the time such calls generally take to complete. Even on a typical day, documents show multiple officers are assigned to guard Emanuel’s home around the clock.

A local Fox affiliate noticed that even this level of armed protection is apparently not sufficient for Barack Obama’s former chief of staff. WFLD captured a sign posted in front of the residence after the recent attack warning that the premises are off-limits and being protected by the U.S. Secret Service.

As The Daily Caller noted, mayors are not among the public figures typically afforded such protection. According to the department’s website, Secret Service agents are only authorized by law to protect a limited range of individuals without an executive order from the president.

Photo Credit: Twitter

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