Dim-witted criminals are increasingly turning to realistic replica firearms to carry out armed robberies, but haven’t seemed bright enough to pick up on the fact that concealed carry is rapidly growing in most states. The resulting conflicts are putting more criminals in hospitals, morgues, and jails, even in areas that aren’t typically viewed as Second Amendment-friendly, such as Springfield, Massachusetts.

A man armed with a fake gun was unsuccessful in his attempt to rob the Walnut Convenience Store after the owner drew a real gun on Wednesday night.

Police were called to 108 Walnut St. about 10:20 p.m. after 20-year-old Fernell Pelzer stormed into the store and confronted the owner, Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney said.

“Don’t move,” Pelzer told the owner as he attempted to pistol whip him, according to Delaney.

A struggle subsequently ensued, but ended quickly when the store owner, who is also a licensed gun owner, pulled out his properly registered gun, Delaney said.

Pelzer attempted to flee the store once he lost control of the situation, but the owner had different ideas, Delaney said.

“The store owner called 911 and held the robber inside the store at gunpoint until the cavalry arrived,” Delaney said.

The store owner showed  a lot more restraint than many armed citizens would might have after being assaulted by a subject apparently carrying a weapon.

Springfield police Sgt. John Delaney dryly noted that the robber, Pelzer, was homeless before the crime, will be taking up residence at the Hampden County House of Correction, so that he has at least that going for him.

I love a police officer with a sense of humor.