Man fatally shoots would-be robber in Queens

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One of the most likely threats you may face in your life won’t be the mass shooter. It’ll be an armed robber, someone threatening your life for the contents of your wallet.


Gun control advocates will argue that their preferred policies will help prevent that sort of thing.

What’s more, many will claim that the Bruen decision puts people at risk, particularly in places like New York City.

However, a recent event in Queens suggests otherwise.

A man in Queens shot and killed another person who was allegedly trying to rob him, police reported.

Officials say the shooting happened on 82nd Avenue in Kew Gardens at around 2 a.m. Wednesday.

The 32-year-old was armed with a knife and attempted to rob a 65-year-old, authorities said.

The victim called the police afterward and has been cooperating with police, but according to the New York Post authorities are considering charging him with murder. As for the original reporting that the man was armed with a knife, officials now say it was a pen.

The man was walking home around 2 a.m. when the 32-year-old alleged robber came up to him at a driveway leading to a parking garage on 82nd Avenue near Queens Boulevard in Kew Gardens, according to cops and law enforcement sources.

The erratic mugger demanded cash and cigarettes while flashing an unknown sharp object, the sources said.

That’s when the older man then pulled out a silver revolver and shot him multiple times in the chest, police said.

Sources said the gunman called 911, telling emergency responders he had been involved in a shooting and his firearm was in his jacket pocket.

A video viewed by The Post captures the alleged robber swaying back and forth, appearing to taunt the older man, before charging at the 65-year-old, who pulls a gun and opens fire.

The gravely wounded man attempted to run off but then stumbled and collapsed in the street, the surveillance footage shows. A pen was found in his right hand, according to the sources.


Even if it wasn’t an actual knife, the armed citizen may not have realized that at the time. An armed citizen was face-to-face with what he believed to be an armed robber much younger than him who represented a very real threat to his life. The Post reports that he had a “legal permit for a firearm”, and he may very well have received it after the Bruen decision caused New York City’s “may issue” licensing system to be struck down.

Look, if given the choice between a law-abiding citizen’s life and a career criminal’s–and this guy allegedly had a rap sheet that apparently went on for quite a bit–it’s not exactly a tough decision. Anyone who claims it is need psychological help.

When people lash out about the Bruen decision, they need to remember cases like this.

We’re talking about a dead robber, not a dead robbery victim. That’s community service in my book, making Queens safer one shot at a time.

“But vigilantism…”

No, this is self-defense. It should always be self-defense or defense of another. Killing a bad guy posing a threat to you is legal everywhere in the United States. Self-defense itself is considered a basic human right, even in many vehemently anti-gun nations.

So seeing this punk taking the first step toward his eternal dirt nap doesn’t bother me in the slightest. A innocent person isn’t doing any of that, which is how it should be.


New York gun control advocates may not like the outcome, though I doubt they’ll admit that openly, but at the end of the day, this is what Bruen did. It allowed a law-abiding citizen to protect his own life, particularly in a situation where no one could do it for him.

Guns save lives. The usual suspect, including New York’s governor, don’t like to acknowledge tht fact, but it is what it is. You can’t change reality to suit your politics.

A good guy is still alive to go back to his family while a bad guy isn’t.

In a perfect world, none of this would have happened. The problem is that we don’t live in a perfect world. We live in this one, and in this one, bad people want to do bad things to good people.

Guns in the hands of those good people, though, deny the bad guys the opportunity.

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