The term “badass” gets thrown around a lot these days, usually for Hollywood poster boys who pretend to be tough action heroes laying waste to bad guys on the silver screen.
But these Hollywood actors can’t hold a candle to 54-year-old Jon Lewis Alexander. Now a liquor store clerk, Alexander is a 30-year veteran who has done four tours in Iraq, has extradited federal prisoners, and has worked as both a prison guard and a private investigator. Needless to say, this guy is tough, and he has little patience for petty thugs.
One would-be robber in Marionville, Mo., found out the hard way earlier this week when he tried to hold up Alexander, only for the clerk to stick the business end of his own pistol in the criminal’s face.
Check out the video from KOLR-TV in Springfield, Mo.
According to the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, Alexander was working the counter at the Marionville liquor store Beer 30 on Sunday, when a man in a gray T-shirt entered at about 9 p.m., walked up to the counter and began to draw a firearm from his side, demanding Alexander empty the register.
But before the crook could ready his handgun, Alexander pushed the pistol back down with his left hand, drew his Walther PPX 9mm with his right and stuck it right at the robber’s mouth, threatening to open fire.
“I pulled my weapon up and told him, ‘You need to get out of here before I blow your head off,'” Alexander told KOLR-TV in Springfield. Backed right on out the door.”
Alexander later told the News-Leader the only reason he didn’t open fire because the man’s gun wasn’t pointed at him.
“If I had seen the actual barrel of the gun, I would have pulled the trigger,” Alexander said.“My life wasn’t threatened.”
The dumbfounded man staggered, tried to reholster his pistol and left without any shots fired. He remains at-large, though police did swab the barrel of Alexander’s PPX for DNA.
Store owners Max and Jeannine Dawson applauded Alexander’s actions, saying they too have been victims of violent crime in the past four years.
“I think it’s a situation where everybody has to determine what they are capable of handling,” Max Dawson told KOLR. “Wouldn’t recommend everybody do it. You have to have a little training to be able to do stuff like that.”
When police arrived and took a look at the surveillance tape, they told Alexander he was very lucky. His reply? “I said, ‘I think he (the robber) is a little luckier than I am.'”
How would you react in a similar situation?
- On Feb. 1, a 70-year-old girls basketball coach at Martin Luther King Jr. High School in Detroit was walking two of his students to their cars when they were approached by two males—one a student at the school, another recently expelled. When the pair tried to rob the coach and pulled a gun, the coach—a Michigan concealed pistol license holder and reserve police officer—pulled his concealed handgun and opened fire on the would-be robbers, killing one and wounding the other.
That same day, an elderly gentleman on Grand River Avenue in Detroit was held up by another robber who had picked a bad target; the older gentleman, also a CPL holder, drew his pistol and shot the criminal. Both incidents are a perfect example of the reason behind and effectiveness of concealed carry.