A Texas woman’s actions reaffirmed two principles when a man attempted to rob her Friday night:
Never bring a knife to a gun fight, and don’t mess with Texas women.
A woman, in her mid-30s and described by law enforcement as “cool as a cucumber” pulled into an Exxon service station in northeast Harris County about 6 p.m, according to the Houston Chronicle.
Before she was able to exit her vehicle, the would-be robber got into the passenger seat, brandished a knife and demanded her money.
She told the man she’d comply and slipped her hand into her purse. But instead of coming out a wallet, her hand held a gun.
“She shoots him one time in the left shoulder,” Deputy Thomas Gilliland told the Chronicle.
That was all the thief needed. He flung open the passenger-side door and skedaddled from the scene. He was found a quarter-mile away where he’d collapsed due to blood loss.
He was flown by helicopter to a local hospital and is now listed in stable condition. He’s also facing an aggravated robbery charge.
The woman is a licensed concealed carrier. Although her actions will be referred to a grand jury as a matter of course, it’s not expected she will face any charges.
Writing of the incident, Bearing Arms editor Bob Owens wrote:
I’m not a fan of off-body carry for a multitude of reasons. If the thief had simply grabbed her purse and run he’d be a wallet and a pistol richer, while the victim would have been utterly defenseless.
That said, that isn’t what happened this time.
He makes a good point. Another is that this is yet another example of crime defense is more the the responsibility of the individual than the police.
Police are great at collecting evidence and bringing the bad guy to justice after the crime has been committed, but defense against crime falls primarily on the individual.
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