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.
â€śIf I had seen the actual barrel of the gun, I would have pulled the trigger,â€ť Alexander said.â€śMy life wasnâ€™t threatened.â€ť
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?
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.
"From the information that we've been given, we think it sounds fortunate that the landlord was armed in this case," said Lt. Britt Snyder of the Chaves County (N.M.) Sheriff's Department. "He certainly would have been no match for a man that's 40 years younger than him."
Biden didn't stop there, saying in another interview if you want to keep someone away from your home, "Just fire a shotgun through the door."
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And oh yeah, Martin was completely naked throughout the entire ordealâ€”even when the police arrived on the scene. â€śImagine five police cars and seven officers rolling up to a scene with a naked man holding a weapon pointing at someone, and holding him down on the ground,â€ť Martin said. â€śThe police got a kick out of that.â€ť
"One issue that always boggles my mind is the idea that guns are a defensive weapon. That is a myth. A gun is not a defensive weapon," James said. "A gun is an offensive weapon, used to intimidate, and used to show power. Police officers do not carry a gun as a defensive weapon to defend themselves or their other officers, they carry a gun to be able to do their job in a safe and effective manner and face any opposition that we may come upon. If it was a defensive measure, why did we lose 55 officers last year to gun violence?"