In recent years, I have had the privilege of getting to know some gun shop owners - both as a customer and when I had my business as a computer tech. Every one I of them I have met have been great people who took the responsibility of selling deadly weapons quite seriously.
My guess is that most people reading this would think of the need to do background checks to keep guns out of the hands of prohibited persons - and the need to maintain records in accordance with federal law - records that allow guns to be traced should they be used in a crime. While these are all important, they are not the most important responsibility a gun shop owner must fulfill.
By far, the most critical responsibility is that of securing their inventory against theft. The average person has no clue how much efforts gun shops put into security. Bars on the doors and windows are just the beginning. Every night, just after closing, even though the building has bars on every window, even though the doors are made of heavy steel, even though there is an alarm which - if tripped will result in an immediate police response - in spite of all of these measures - every handgun is locked away in one of several heavy duty safes.
However, thieves do not always come calling when the gun shop is closed. That is why in every gun shop I have ever been in that sells handguns (the weapons criminals most desire) the staff is armed. Every employee carries a loaded sidearm. I had this responsibility driven home one day when I was working on a shops computers. The shop was closed, but when the only owner who was there left to get us lunch, I was handed a loaded .357 and warned not to open the door for anyone but her.
This week, in Shawnee Kansas, the thing gun shop owners fear most happened. The owners of "She's a Pistol" gun shop and training center - a husband/wife team - were both working. That is when four armed robbers burst in. Police believe that they were responsible for several other armed robberies. They certainly were not there for money - they were there to take as many guns as they could. They outnumbered the owners two to one - and they had the element of surprise. What they did not think of, or did not know, is that both husband and wife were instructors who taught defensive firearm use for a living.
Upon entry, it is reported the one of the four opened fire on the husband - while another struck his wife in the face. The husband - Jon Bieker - was able to return fire almost immediately. While details are sketchy it is probable that both he and his wife Becky were able to get shots off. We likely won't know exactly what happened for some time. What is certain is that when the smoke cleared, two of the armed robbers lay on the floor, too severely wounded to flee with their fellow criminals. Another was wounded, but managed to flee a short distance before being tracked down and arrested by police, Only one of the four escaped injury - and arrest. Sadly, Becky was significantly injured and Jon lay on the floor mortally wounded. He died a short time later at the hospital. He gave his life to defend his wife and to prevent the theft of the firearms in his care. Not one gun was stolen that day. Jon and Becky stopped that from happening. The cost of doing so was high - but who knows how many lives they may have saved, lives that would have been lost if those four men had gotten those guns and lives that would have been lost if they had simply been permitted to continue committing armed robberies. In my book, both Jon and Becky are heroes.
This experience has not changed Becky's views on guns and self defense:
“Thank you to my friends, family, and community for their love, prayers, and support during this very difficult time. I have lost my husband in this senseless murder. Although tragic, he saved my life because he carried a firearm,” Becky said in a statement.
“Guns are not evil,” she added. “I would not be able to make this statement if private citizens such as Jon and I were banned from owning them. Please respect my husband’s memory by refusing to turn this tragedy into a political statement in support of banning firearms.”
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