You Stopped Mass Murder- armed civilians saved lives in December

By Rob Morse

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Louisiana- ( They had seconds to save lives.  Fortunately, these private citizens were armed.  Many lives were at risk and these ordinary people did extraordinary things.  They stopped mass murder.  All of these examples are from December.

-Our first story was in a nail salon.  It was the holiday season and the salon was crowded.  10 employees and many customers were in the shop that night.

Two armed robbers entered the store.  The robbers presented their firearms.  They shouted threats at the store employees and their customers.  The robbers waved their guns and demanded money and valuables.

One of the store employees was armed.  The armed citizen shot one of the robbers.  Both robbers ran.  One robber drove away and left his wounded accomplice to hide in a stand of trees.  Police captured the robber and found his gun.  Neither the store employees nor their customers were injured.

-Our second story happened in a convenience store.  The store clerk saw two men walk into his store at 3:30 in the morning.  Even at that early hour on a weekday, there were 5 people playing video games in the back of the store.  The two men who walked in were wearing masks and carrying guns.  The clerk ran to the back office behind the counter.  The office had a solid door, but the robbers were right behind him.  The clerk tried to close the door as the robbers struggled to push it open.

The clerk reached around the door and shot the closest robber.  The robbers fired back as they ran.  Neither the clerk or his customers were hurt.  

-Our third story took place in a pawn shop.  The store owner and his employee had opened the store only a few minutes earlier.  They already had two customers in the shop.  Two more men entered, but these men were wearing ski-masks and carrying guns.  

The robbers yelled, “Get down on the floor. Get down on the floor or I’ll kill you.”

Then the robber fired his gun.  The owner drew his firearm and shot one of the robbers.  The second robber ran.

The store owner said he hated to kill another man.  The other store employee and the two customers were uninjured.

You saved many lives in December.  You save lives every day.  Thank you, and carry on.

Rob Morse: Rob writes about gun rights at Ammoland, at Clash Daily and on his SlowFacts blog. He hosts the Self Defense Gun Stories Podcast and co-hosts the Polite Society Podcast. Rob is an NRA pistol instructor and combat handgun competitor.

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Imagine, if you will, just how many innocent lives could have been/could be saved if our constitutional right was exhibited by even more concerned and conscientious citizens. Maybe with some of the “roadblocks” removed this could come to fruition. Stay vigilant, remain safe.


it is “to assure the security of a free state” that we THE PEOPLE have the right to arms. These accounts prove this works. IN all these caes, the security of those involved rested upon the armed individual GOOD GUYS who acted decisivel and accurately.

BillyBob Texas

Chuck – why did you say that twice…?

Oh, wait….because when you put it in the first time at 2:00 – it didn’t show up ! So we don’t know whether it went in, or did it get lost in cyberspace and are we wasting our time commenting…..?

So you put it in again 18 minutes later…..assuming it didn’t go in the first time…..logical thought.

Bad website design..THIS should be fixed….


Please, please, please, change the graphics so that the pistol in that lady’s handbag is pointed muzzle down rather than up at the belly button of the guy standing behind her.


Please, please, please, redo the graphics so that the pistol in that lady’s handbag is pointed muzzle down instead of pointed right at the belly button of the guy standing behind her.

Ron H

#Chuck’ I admit the graphic could show it muzzle down. As a LEO, I often wore a shoulder rig that carried my pistol in a horizontal position, or S.O.B. (small of back) which place the handgun upside down with the muzzle pointing to the side. No matter how you carry your preferred handgun, it needs to be in a secure holster.

BillyBob Texas

YOU ARE THE DEFENSE, not only for yourself but also for all the Sheep standing around you.
Someday those Sheep might be my young kids when I’m not around…..I THANK YOU.