By David Codrea
USA – -(Ammoland.com)- “A local waitress who fired her gun at three fleeing robbers is now out of a job,” The Newnan Times Herald reported Monday. “Heather ‘Shorty’ Burkinshaw-Stanley learned Friday by phone that she was terminated from her job at Waffle House a day after the restaurant was robbed.”
Several facts seem clear:
A trio of men reportedly threatened to shoot everyone in the building if their demand for cash was not met.
Despite a corporate ban on customers bringing personal firearms on its premises under the guise of “policies that make everyone feel welcome,” Waffle House locations have been prime targets for welcoming armed robbers – including “a surge in robberies at Newnan-area Waffle Houses.”
A simple web search shows the policy is anything but effective. That means the predators feel they can expect minimal resistance. And Waffle House management knows that, but still insists on employee and customer defenselessness.
As to the incident resulting in the waitress being fired, there are lessons here that all gun owners should have learned and that hopefully, will sink in with her.
“After they departed on foot, Stanley retrieved a gun from her own car in the parking lot and fired over the heads of the robbers,” the report elaborated.
“I wasn’t sure if they were coming back or not,” Stanley explained. “I was in fear for my life, my co-workers’ lives, and I did what I thought was right.”
Perhaps retrieving a gun in case the robbers returned was prudent. But firing a gun over the suspects' heads as they fled – a tactic I’ve not seen taught by any accredited trainer – certainly would make for a problematic legal defense. Not only does it violate Jeff Cooper’s Rule 4 of gun safety, a quick look at the Waffle House location shows it is in an area with other restaurants, hotels, businesses and well-traveled roads. As another story from over the weekend shows, what goes up must come down, and sometimes with injurious results.
There’s one other important lesson, and that’s after you’ve been involved in a shooting, shut up about it. Don’t try to justify yourself to the media and especially never talk to the police without benefit of counsel. Ms. Stanley had better hope her GoFundMe page, set up to offset her loss of income, doesn’t turn into a legal defense fund plea.
There’s also a final question, one some of us have been asking for some time: Why would anyone who believes in the right to keep and bear arms patronize Waffle House?
About David Codrea:
David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating / defending the RKBA and a long-time gun rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament.
In addition to being a field editor/columnist at GUNS Magazine and associate editor for Oath Keepers, he blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.