Hammond: Armed robber reason for self-defense

Tuesday, October 22, 2019
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Concealed carryAn attorney and Second Amendment advocate says a store clerk who defended himself against an armed robber demonstrated the right to self-defense.

At a Dollar General store in Dayton, Ohio, a store clerk was armed when the robber pointed a gun at employees and demanded money. The 23-year-old robber was shot several times, then collapsed and died outside the store, which had been robbed four times in 2019.

According to authorities, Roosevelt Rappley had a pending weapons charge against him and may have been involved in other commercial robberies.  

Mike Hammond, legislative counsel to Gun Owners of America, says the armed employee shot the robber “rather than letting the robber shoot him.”

Hammond tells OneNewsNow it was laughable that relatives of the robber were angry that someone defended themselves from the habitual criminal instead of calling police.

According to The Blaze, which cites a local TV news story, family members said it was "wrong" for the employee to shoot their brother.

"Yes, he's robbing them. Oh, well!," said a sister. "Call the police. That's what you're supposed to do. You're not supposed to take matters into your own hands!" 

“The guy is standing there pointing a gun at you,” Hammond points out. “How in heavens name are you to know whether he is going to shoot you or not?”

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