Some people think that no one should carry a gun while they work. Yes, that includes police. Those are the minority, to be sure, but a far larger number think workers of any other stripe should be disarmed. “Who needs a gun while they’re working?” they ask.
Well, there are these guys for one.
Two Houston-area cable repairmen survived a gunfight with armed robbers this week, local media reports.
Thanks to the quick-thinking and fast reflexes of one of the technicians, both men were able to walk away unscathed. The same could not be said for one of the assailants.
The incident happened on Tuesday in north Houston while the men were making repairs on a cable box around midnight, according to WTVM.
The armed perps suddenly approached the workers.
“It was just real quick. We were expecting the worst,” one of the technicians, who wished to remain anonymous, told the station.
The robbers fired off the first shots but missed. It may have been a warning of sorts. A Do-what-we-say-or-else type of deal. It’s not clear from the reporting.
“As he shot off, I was already out of the way, because I was expecting to get shot at already,” he explained.
The truth is, many workmen are transporting thousands of dollars in tools and equipment, materials, as well as their personal belongings. That’s all stuff that can be stolen and sold and doesn’t even remotely account for the vehicle.
In other words, they’re pretty attractive targets to the kind of scum who like to prey on their fellow man.
By having a gun on his person, the technician was able to respond to the threat with his firearm and smack down the bad guys by fighting back. As we’ve seen time and time again, criminals don’t like it when people fight back.
Even if they’ve got their mark outnumbered, the presence of an armed citizen will often end the attack and force the bad guys to retreat. Let’s face it; we’re not facing great warriors who are eager to test their might against another. They’re cowards who are too damn lazy to get a real job and think they can take what others have because they’re willing to try to take it.
Well, they were at least temporarily disabused of that idea when they came across these cable guys.
One of the suspects has been arrested, by the way. It was easy to find him after he collapsed due to the gunshot wound to his leg. Two others are still at-large, the getaway driver and another armed assailant. However, I suspect that the 18-year-old in custody will eventually identify his partners.
Just think, though. These guys were more than willing to pull the trigger while committing this crime. There’s no promise they would have let these two cable guys go after they’d robbed them either. This story could have been about a tragic double murder in Texas.
Instead, it’s about a man defending himself and his partner from an attack.
To all those who think workers on any level should be disarmed, I’m going to point to this case right here as proof that you’re full of it.