[Video] WHY I CARRY: Beloved Gas Station Clerk Executed During Armed Robbery
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Here is another one of our “Why I Carry” stories. These stories, unlike our defensive gun use stories, take a look at situations that may have turned out very differently if the victim(s) had been armed. These stories are the “other side of the coin” so to speak and serve as an important reminder as to why it’s important to take responsibility for your own personal safety.
A gas station clerk in Jacksonville, Florida is dead. He was killed at the hands of armed robbers. According to Jacksonville.com:
Thomas Edward McIntee, 24, was shot about 5 a.m. when two armed men entered the Busch Drive store just east of Interstate 95. McIntee and another employee were working in the store at the time.
One of them was able to push a silent alarm button, automatically notifying police.
McIntee was taken to UF Health Jacksonville where he died.
McIntee was described as being very friendly and helpful to customers who entered the store and seems to have been a generally beloved figure in the community.
Gate Petroleum has pledged a $20,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the parties responsible for the crime.
Stories like this should illustrate the fact that simply complying with armed robbers and giving them what they want is no guarantee that you will survive. Personally, if someone is using a weapon to force me to do something, I have to assume they are going to kill me. It simply happens far to often to dismiss the possibility.
As always, I have to point out that a firearm may or may not have helped prevent or stop this crime. However, I prefer to have options whenever possible over simply begging for my life.