If crime statistics and the local television affiliates are not trying to pull to the wool over the eye of the public, the fact that late night/early morning shifts at convenience stores continuing to trend as unsafe workplaces should come as no shock to the general populace.
In the volatile pre-dawn world of intoxicated, unbalanced, and sometimes desperate individuals who create their own rules, a solitary 24-hour business becomes a soft target for an array of misbehavior and even a quick score, safety comes at a premium. Unless of course, the owner of the business, insurance companies and attorneys enter the equation placing a priority on finances, rather than self-defense, completely hamstring the efforts of staff members to adequately protect themselves by creating a gun-free zone.
That’s exactly what happened in the aftermath of a troubling scenario, reports KDVR-TV, as a convenience store clerk in Colorado took swift and decisive self-defense measures with a gun literally pointed at his head. While he ultimately prevailed, his career was officially ended the moment he brandished his firearm.
With the current controversial firestorm burning across the state as residents brace for the insufferable possibility of “Red” gun laws being enacted by the politicians and rural counties choosing to adopt Second Amendment sanctuary resolutions, the unjustifiable termination of the employee may just be the tipping point in igniting a major backlash to unreasonable and ineffective public policy.
Colorado has also been the destination of choice for gun store break-ins over the past year, as a spree of bold crash and dash crimes has supplied the underworld with a plethora of handguns and rifles. And still elected officials strive to tighten gun laws.
Surveillance video of the harrowing incident allegedly shows the 14-year-old assailant aiming a gun directly at the head of the clerk. The 57-year-old employee responds quickly to the immediate threat and shoots the juvenile in the stomach, before the youth can pull the trigger. Apparently, the victim of the attempted robbery, who is now jobless after exercising a basic Constitutional Right, possesses a concealed permit and worked at the business for 18 years. Unfortunately, company doctrine, the threat of rising liability, and the presence of resourceful legal professionals, were enough to turn this situation into a complete PR dumpster fire, all while attempting to incite an already frustrated group of Americans with the thorough ineptitude of lawmakers oblivious to differing concepts of urban and rural.
As for the teen, he was released from the hospital and will hopefully learn a life lesson from his miraculous second chance gifted him by a responsible citizen, that the world doesn’t deal well with stupid, a sensible notion that thus far has failed to resonate within the legislative chambers in Denver. With career politicians striving for lucrative retirements, it is not about the voter anymore, as constituents are strategically cast into the unrelenting darkness of obscurity.
Read the KDRV-TV investigative report here.