I am a bit off put by this news article, and stupefied by the family involved.
The short version of this story is, 2 guys robbed a store, were encountered on exit by the “Hero” drew their guns on the hero, and were shot by the hero. Everything was recorded, it is a cut and dry case as far as I can tell.
The family however is calling for action against the hero who defended himself.
It’s not fair,” said Virginia Medina, mother of 24-year-old William Medina, who police said robbed Krick’s Korner store alongside 18-year-old Robert De Carr on Monday.
The two men were shot and killed by a private citizen while leaving the store, and family members want to see charges pressed.
“[William] had no right to lose his life over something that man could have called the police for,” said Medina. “He took the law into his own hands and walked away scot-free.”
“How about if people just start running around here, policing the city on their own? How much worse is it going to get?” said Peter Ratel, Medina’s cousin.
How I long for the day when normal citizens patrol their streets and protect others from criminals.
The families of the thugs may be hurting from their loss, but their reaction belies a greater problem in modern American culture. Culturally we have lost the ability to feel shame or understand responsibility. The families blame a passerby who was legally carrying a firearm (proving he has no criminal record) for trying to stop their relatives from committing a violent crime – instead of being angry with their kin for putting on masks, pulling guns, and violently attacking another person.
Those are words I could not have spoken better myself. It is our RESPONSIBILITY to take action for ourselves, our children, and to protect those around us from harm.