Slaying of Convenience Store Clerk Points to Complicity of Not-So-Silent ‘Partners’

When it comes to armed robberies, answer one question: How? (7-Eleven Franchising/Facebook)

U.S.A. – -(Ammoland.com)- “‘Senseless': Woman Working at 7-Eleven Fatally Shot in Waldorf,” NBC 4 Washington reported. “A woman working at a convenience store in Waldorf, Maryland, was fatally shot early Thursday by a man who announced a robbery, officials say.”

The predator was wearing a surgical mask, by the way, so he not only escaped, but the helpfulness of the cameras at providing certain identification is compromised. In other words, the first line of defense such companies claim provides security has been nullified by the new Covid reality – not that the effectiveness of cameras hasn’t been disputed in conflicting studies for some time.

Right from the start we are given two key pieces of information to let us know that the victim was mandated defenseless by two different “authorities,” one exerting control over her livelihood and the other over her freedom, such as it was.

7-Eleven does not allow its clerks to be armed. They even go so far, according to a poster documented on ConcealedNation.org, as to instruct employees on how to not resist robbers, and to also rat out any co-workers who may be hiding in a back room. Should that result in injury or death, the corporation had already established the precedent that they’re not liable for what happens to franchisee clerks.

And forget it if one fights for his life, even if only to grab the robber’s weapon. They’ll fire him and then they’ll win the wrongful termination lawsuit.

That’s despite plenty of documented evidence that the decision-makers know damn well what the risks are. It’s just that “risk management” weasels concern themselves with avoiding corporate losses, not human ones.

The other “authority” is the state of Maryland, which infringes on the right to bear arms with “may issue” concealed carry permits. — That means “forget it” if you’re just plain folks and can’t prove to the authoritarian Secretary of the Maryland State Police that you have “good and substantial reason to wear, carry, or transport a handgun, such as a finding that the permit is necessary as a reasonable precaution against apprehended danger.” You may as well save yourself the nonrefundable application fee. Besides, the permit is revokable when the conditions for its issuance are no longer deemed valid and can be limited to “geographic area, circumstances, or times” when issued.

So how did things work out for this “law-abiding” clerk who followed all the rules?

“'He apparently approached the clerk, produced a gun, announced a robbery and during that robbery he shot and killed the clerk,’ [a sheriff's spokesperson] said. “After the robber got the money, he shot [the clerk] and then fled, Charles County authorities said in a release Thursday.”

So much for “just give them what they want,” the kind of suicidal “advice” gun-grabber groups have been parroting ever since total handgun ban proponent Nelson “Pete” Shields (the founder of the National Council to Control Handguns (which evolved into Handgun Control, Inc. and then into the Brady Center) demanded back in 1981:

“The best defense against injury is to put up no defense give them what they want, or run.”

If you’re trapped behind a counter, there is no place to run. Besides, what if what they want is…you?

Case in point – as if a random Google search won’t reveal plenty – recall the “Wendy’s massacre,” a robbery where seven employees were forced into the restaurant freezer, bound, gagged, with plastic bags over their heads and then each shot in the head – all in New York City, the home of the Sullivan citizen disarmament laws.

Then consider that “More retail workers than law-enforcement officers were killed in homicides on the job for 6 years in a row.” Not much has changed since The New York Times reported almost 30 years ago that “When it comes to violent crime [being a convenience store clerk] is the second most dangerous there is, after driving a cab.”

There’s one other gun-grabber lie exposed by reality, where we learn the slain woman “also had a blackbelt in taekwondo.” Real-life rarely works out the way it does for them on the silver screen, even if the gals look way cool kicking the crap out of multiple muscular armed assailants, the whole thing perfectly choreographed and without mussing their hair.

Don’t look for things to change, at least for the better. But they still can get worse.

The State of Maryland, “Republican” governor notwithstanding, is solidly in the gun-grab camp, and it has no incentive to do anything other than up the infringements. And it’s not like 7-Eleven’s Japanese ownership has any reason not to prefer Americans to be disarmed (and tell me that doesn’t bring to mind a debated quote attributed to Admiral Yamamoto).

That’s still not enough for those who demand more, which is pretty much all disarmament demanders.

Those like the “Business Must Act Coalition” an Astroturf collaboration between leftist grabber groups like Brady, Guns Down America, the Women’s March, March for Our Lives, People for the American Way, and others, out there practicing corporate shaming in order to extort compliance with its citizen disarmament demands. As such, it has given 7-Eleven (and other companies) an “F” unless it forbids customers from being armed in states where it is lawful, on the insane cover theory that such customers are the problem.

Speaking of the ones who are the problem, consider the  entitled “family members” loudly complaining about a clerk who exchanged gunfire with and killed their idiot armed robber brother:

“He’s got some responsibility, but not all. [Right is] right and wrong is wrong. That was wrong for that clerk to shoot my brother in the chest. Yes, he’s robbing them. OH, WELL (emphasis by the speaker)! Call the police, that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re not supposed to take matters into your own hands.”

So just give the predator, the politically correct company, the infringing state, the professional gun-grabbers, and loud-mouthed “relatives” what they want, and if you die in the process they can all chalk it up to the need for more “commonsense gun safety laws”?

How about we demand they give us what we want — and take it if they won’t?

Also see: Let Anti-Gun Convenience Store Chain President Put His Money Where His Mouth Is


About David Codrea:David Codrea

David Codrea is the winner of multiple journalist awards for investigating/defending the RKBA and a long-time gun owner rights advocate who defiantly challenges the folly of citizen disarmament. He blogs at “The War on Guns: Notes from the Resistance,” is a regularly featured contributor to Firearms News, and posts on Twitter: @dcodrea and Facebook.

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Ryben Flynn
Ryben Flynn
17 days ago

Well, it seems to me the relatives of the deceased clerk have a valid wrongful death lawsuit.

lktraz
lktraz
15 days ago
Reply to  Ryben Flynn

I do so hope you’re being sarcastic here.

KK
KK
17 days ago

The peasants are expendable.
Turn in your guns.
A well regulated citizenry, being necessary to the security of the Democrat Socialist State, the right of Government Enforcement Personnel, active and retired, to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed. All other citizens will comply with firearm and magazine capacity restrictions as outlined by law, under penalty of felony prosecution.

Mack
Mack
17 days ago

No Shoes

No Shirt

No Freedom

No Service

loveaduck
loveaduck
18 days ago

So you’re more than a little racially prejudiced? Hence “Japs”.

RoyD
RoyD
18 days ago
Reply to  loveaduck

You would of preferred “Nips?”

RoyD
RoyD
17 days ago
Reply to  loveaduck

Let me add this. My Father served aboard a DE in the West Pacific for the last part of WW2. I have written about it here before. Short version is he was in the thick of the shit several times. He, for the rest of his life that I know of, referred to the Japanese as “Japs.” He had no love for them. It is what it is and what many of us older people were exposed to when we were growing up. “Transference”, it’s a real thing.

Tionico
Tionico
18 days ago

has given …….) an “F” unless it forbids customers from being armed Go ahead, put a little glock wiht the circle and slash in red, on the door glass way down in the corner where my chihuahua can see it. He can read…. if you enforce it I will leave. If I’m caught actually USING it (say, to deal with a lethal threat to others in the store) and they want to try and charge me for having it I’ll just claim I’m not a customer. did I spend any mney in there? Nope. I’m just volunteer security. My state… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up
18 days ago

The CDC should declare convenience stores a “health hazard” and shut them down.

Buck
Buck
18 days ago

Nailed it again David!

MICHAEL J
MICHAEL J
18 days ago

Unacceptable occupational hazard of working at a convenience store is not being robbed or killed at gun point. These asinine policies must place liability solely on those that impose them.
24 hr establishments are magnets for sinister activity and unprotected employees are potential lambs to the slaughter.
It’s easy to say what must be done, but in reality why are these companies given a pass?

Happy Everafter
Happy Everafter
18 days ago

See how far you CAN get pushing a rope? I am still completely mystified as to how otherwise intelligent people can be so one-directional and stupid about it.

hippybiker
hippybiker
18 days ago

Screw 7/11! The boycott works for leftists. It should work for everyone. Don’t patronize them! I don’t!

C J
C J
18 days ago

Gubmint needs to fix it. Hey, how about you fix it. One person at a time. So tell me again, what’s your reason for shopping at 7/11?

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
18 days ago
Reply to  C J

7/11 appears to be an unsafe work environment as well as an unsafe place for customers. Seems to me that maybe we should all just let them close up and refuse to do business with them.

GomeznSA
GomeznSA
18 days ago
Reply to  CourageousLion

CL – it isn’t just 7/11 – it is ANY ‘convenience’ store especially the 24hr variety – that is why they are nicknamed ‘shop and robs’. We had a similar murder in one of the local ‘burbs a while back and afaik the perp has still not been id’d and of course is still at large.

loveaduck
loveaduck
18 days ago
Reply to  GomeznSA

We always called them “stop and robs”, but it’s the same. The corporation ought to be ashamed.

Bob
Bob
18 days ago

David Codrea: Why doesn’t Heller vs DC (also McDonald vs Chicago) apply to Maryland (and all states)? Yes it was narrowly decided for DC but Supreme Court rulings don’t make exceptions they are Constitutionally drawn and extrapolated. Do you have an answer?

Tionico
Tionico
18 days ago
Reply to  David Codrea

Peruta WAS about carrying, but when it came to the Bi Bouzngurls, they chickened out. Now that Ginzie’s taken her ride out, maybe the next case on carrying will get Cert and be heard, and PROPERLY decided.

CourageousLion
CourageousLion
18 days ago

How about we demand they give us what we want — and take it if they won’t? GOOD IDEA. When do we start and who do we start with? As for Nanshi’s comment…Trump could fix lots of things he hasn’t. 9/11 comes to mind for starters. And disbanding the ATF would be another. Talk about an organization that tramples peoples “rights”! I mean a 10K fine and 10 years in a cage because your rifle barrel is “too short” deemed by some black robed bastards in 1934 and updated in 1968 by elitist “law makers” who are nothing but psychopathic… Read more »

Last edited 18 days ago by CourageousLion
Nanashi
Nanashi
18 days ago

Trump could fix this any time he wanted to: Order OSHA to declare that prohibiting lawful carry creates an unsafe workplace in violation of OSHA.

One has to ask why he hasn’t.

Last edited 18 days ago by Nanashi
Cruiser
Cruiser
18 days ago
Reply to  Nanashi

How about if these companies do the right thing, w/o being told to.

SHAME ON ANY GUNOWNER WHO VOTES DEMOCRAT!

lktraz
lktraz
15 days ago
Reply to  Cruiser

“SHAME ON ANY GUNOWNER WHO VOTES DEMOCRAT!” There’s a good start! Next…….ferret out the RINOS and replace them with true conservatives. BUT……..that depends on getting out and voting in the (in my opinion) more important PRIMARY elections. Tired of complaining that you had to hold your nose and vote for the NON-LEFT candidate you also didn’t like? How do you think they got to be the candidate on the ballot? Yup, primaries. That aside, yes almost all C-stores are huge targets for robbery and worse. Some have more horrid track records than others. That of course depends on location. 24… Read more »

badlands
badlands
12 days ago
Reply to  Cruiser

Yet some will. I say that only because I’ve known a few.