“We don’t call 911. We use Colt.”
A poster emblazoned with that warning hangs on the wall of Steve Sahin’s restaurant, Pizza Heaven II, in New Haven, Conn. Last week, two wannabe robbers found out the hard way Sahin isn’t bluffing.
According to The (Hartford, Conn.) Courant, two masked men entered Pizza Heaven II shortly before midnight Friday brandishing a rifle and demanding Sahin empty his cash register and his pockets.
“I was scared,” Sahin said, but complied with the robbers’ demands.
However, the robbers got greedy and demanded Sahin take them to his office in the back to grab more cash. The robbers were shocked to see a pistol in Sahin’s drawer, which he pulled on the robbers. Surprised, the wannabe rifleman stumbled and dropped his weaponâ€”which turned out to be a mere pellet rifle.
Check out the video from WTIC in Hartford, Conn.
“He threw his gun down and slammed into the screen door, and he ran out,” Sahin said.
The duo high-tailed it out of the restaurant with Sahin and his employees in pursuit. The robbersâ€”18-year-old Carmine Watkins and a 17-year-old accompliceâ€”outran the pizza militia, but were apprehended by police 20 minutes later and identified by the employees. The two face charges of first-degree robbery, second-degree larceny and conspiracy.
Sahin said while it was a scary situation, he is just happy to come out of it alive.
“I have two kids at home, and I told them and they were crying too,” Sahin said. “They told me, ‘They might shoot you. You might be [dead] too.’”
How would you have reacted 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?"