An 18 year old male named Adric White enters a Family Dollar while wearing a mask and carrying a gun. He holds employees at gun point, and is ordering them around when a conceal-carry Good Samaritan noticed the crime in progress. Knowing that seconds can count when police are minutes away, the Good Samaritan entered the store and told the criminal not to move, his own firearm out and pointed at the robber. Instead of doing what he was told, the robber spun around to face the Good Samaritan, which earned him five well placed bullets. Adric survived the shooting.
Adric’s family got involved, but not in the way most would like to think. Instead of giving a wounded Adric the speech about crime and consequences, and how lucky he was to survive, the family turned against the Good Samaritan, arguing that if the customer’s life wasn’t immediately in danger, he should have left the store and do nothing. That he should have minded his own business.
Most law-abiding Americans already know the flaws such arrogance can develop. When a man decides to take things that do not belong to him, especially under the threat of a weapon, it’s not an unreasonable assumption that the robber would also take the life of the person he is stealing from. Pointing a gun at anyone while instigating a crime is a threat to life, which is defensible by anyone, including bystanders.