A Nurse with a Gun

Monday, April 20, 2009

The Watchmaker

"Do I feel safer? I just want to feel alive."
Four separate robberies. Each a shoot out.
A watchmaker discusses his mental preparation and the consequences of legitimate self defense.

Hat tip to Sailor Bob.



Anonymous Connor said...

"They wasn't fast enough"

Goddamn, those idiots need to be a little quicker on the learning curve and just stop messing with him.

Unless they like dying messily...

1:53 AM  
Blogger Weer'd Beard said...

Certainly a glowing recomendation for mandatory child safety locks.

...well if like the Brady Campaign, you think a "Child" is a gang member in his 20s....

Like Connor, I'm very surprised he was robbed after the first robber was shot. Stunned that there were more than 3.

The man giving the interview mentioned "He'd only have a few of your watches, and you wouldn't have been shot" (which I agree with his response entirely. Trusting the mercy of those who are without mercy is REALLY dumb when your life and the lives of your employees and customers are on the line)

But what thug is going to think a handful of Rolexes is worth getting shot in the face??

8:37 AM  
Blogger MaddMedic said...

The Watchmaker did what every self respecting, independent, self preserving person would do. Defend himself and his property.
"If you attack me with with your hands, I always have a knife, if you have a knife, I have a gun!"

9:29 AM  
Anonymous Sans Authoritas said...

I wonder how many lives this guy saved by staying in business for as long as he did. Not by fixing Elgins, of course, but indirectly, by snuffing those violent thugs.

-Sans Authoritas

10:51 AM  
Anonymous Travlin said...

Terrific story. And it was presented in a very positive manner by the reporters.

12:30 PM  
Anonymous Shayan said...

That man has stones. Glad to hear his mindset. "You have to be willing to kill and be killed" to fight back.

1:04 PM  
Blogger David said...

Pretty amazing story. He was probably wise to get out of there after the last attack. It sounded like the gangbangers were no longer interested in robbery at his store, just revenge. Every gangbanger in town probably wanted a piece of him. No matter how well trained he was, it would have only been a matter of time before they got the drop on him...

1:33 PM  
Blogger James R. Rummel said...

Good post.

I first heard of Mr. Thomas several years ago, and have used him as an example in my charity self defense course.

The main lesson to be learned from his example is that simply buying a gun isn't enough. Practice and being as physically fit as possible also determine if you survive or lose.


3:31 PM  
Blogger Bob said...

Thanks for the linkage and h/t, Xavier. Much appreciated.


10:28 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Well, hopefully there will soon be more CCW holders in LA and every other county in California.

9th Circuit, in Nordyke v King, has stated that the 2nd Amendment falls under the incorporation clause of the 14th. And since Heller v DC affirmed an individual right...

Go to calguns.net for more info.


3:12 AM  
Blogger Colonel Wilberforce Buckshot said...

A remarkable story about a truly remarkable man. A man of wisdom and insight but above all a man of great courage and integrity. He is an example to us all.

We in Britain lost our right to self defense and to bear arms some years ago and look where we are now. We can't even use harsh language against our attackers now, they made that illegal too.

6:41 AM  

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