I cannot stop giggling at this:
And, yes, there is a story:
Surveillance video of the incident was released on Monday by the Sheriff’s Office. It shows two masked men entering the Palms Internet Cafe, 8444 SW State Road 200, just before 10 p.m. Friday. One of the men had a gun.
Williams was seated toward the back of the cafe dressed in a white shirt, shorts and baseball cap.
One of the masked men, identified as Duwayne Henderson, 19, comes in pointing a handgun at customers. The second man, Davis Dawkins, 19, is seen swinging a bat at something off screen, which was later identified as a $1,200 computer screen.
As Henderson turns his back, Williams pulls out a .380-caliber semi-automatic handgun, stands from his chair, takes two steps, nearly drops to one knee, and fires two shots at Henderson, who bolts for the front door.
Mr. Samuel Williams, the hero of the above clip, scored hits on both scumbag perpetrators, both were acquired by the police later that day, both face appropriate criminal charges, and none of the customers at the internet cafe were injured. Even better, though? Mr. Williams faces no charges whatsoever, and based on the evidence he has, the State Attorney General does not anticipate filing any charges.
Now, aside from the nearly Abbott and Costello level of comedy provided by that clip, it also offers us a rare opportunity to observe, first-hand, a legitimate defensive gun use. To begin with, we do not know the exact firearm Mr. Williams used, but we do know it was chambered in .380ACP – a cartridge that is generally considered to be the absolute bare minimum for self-defense purposes. On the one hand, this situation adequately demonstrates that; while we have absolutely no idea where Mr. Williams hit the perpetrators, we do know they were shot and lost blood at the scene, but were also able to flee the scene under their own power and evade police for a few hours. Obviously the wounds did not incapacitate them.
On the other hand, however, we also know that the .380 – underpowered or not – effectively stopped the crime cold due to one simple truth: people do not like being shot. The perpetrators obviously were not expecting armed resistance, and the very second that first shot was sent towards them… well, you saw their reactions. In this particular case, a .380 was all that was necessary to bring the situation to a satisfactory conclusion, a conclusion that might not have been reached if Mr. Williams did not have an easily-pocketable and -carryable pistol available to him. In other words, a pistol you are actually going to carry and use should the situation call for it automatically trumps The Perfect Gun in The Perfect Caliber that you leave at home because it is too big / too heavy / etc. Obviously, should you be facing the thankfully-rare situation of a PCP-hopped-up thug intent on getting your head and the pavement intimately acquainted, you would want as many of the biggest rounds as you could get your hands on, but a .380 still beats a pointy stick, even against spineless thugs who think a baseball bat and handgun make them men.
Moving on, look at the reactions of the people in the video when faced with two armed robbers. A few people ducked down behind desks, and another actually put his hands up, but by and large, people pretty much just sat there and stared at the thugs. Hell, it almost looked like one woman was digging out her purse to hand over her cash to the robbers (though, in fairness, she could have been going for a concealed carry gun kept in said purse, so there is that). Are we so inured to violence now that we simply do not react to it?
Thankfully, Mr. Williams’ did respond to that threat of violence, but observe how he responded: he had his gun out before he made any noticeable moves, waited until the robber with the handgun was facing away from him and dealing with the person holding up his hands, very deliberately closed the distance between the and the robber, took as good a shooting stance as the situation allowed him to, and, as far as I can tell, made two shots to approximately the robber’s center of mass. I do not think you could have a more-textbook example of how to handle a "shooting" defensive gun use* if you had scripted it.
Now, take a look at how the would-be-armed-robbers chose to attire themselves, and remember this all took place in central Florida in the middle of summer – both appeared to be wearing jeans, a white cloth mask (possibly a bandanna or something similar), and… a gray hoodie. I am certainly not one to judge people based on how they choose to dress, especially not given the styles I prefer, but there simply are some clothing / situation combinations that simply do not work, and if I am toodling along a street south of the Mason-Dixon Line in July and happen to see a person wearing a long black trenchcoat when it is not raining, I am probably going to cross to the other side of the street and keep a very close eye on them. Is that biased of me? Absolutely. But situations like this one only serve to support that bias.
Finally, not to find fault with Mr. Williams’ actions, but I am vaguely… bemused?… by his shooting style. Initially he almost drops to one knee and takes his first shot with a two-handed grip on the gun, then he transitions to a moving stance with his left hand on his forearm, and finally he takes a few shots at the fleeing criminals entirely one-handedly. I have absolutely no problems with taking a knee while making a high-stress shot – it increases your stability, decreases the target you are presenting your assailants, and puts you below where they would naturally look and aim – but keeping both hands on your firearm while shooting is strongly recommended in all situations where you can. Obviously, there could be other factors at play – a cranky wrist or simply the stress of the situation – so I am just speaking in general, and, as I said, I do not mean this to cast aspersions on Mr. Williams.
As always, we would be fools not to learn as much as we could from situations like this, given how rarely they are so thoroughly documented. Likewise, this is a classic example of the need for not only concealed and open carry laws throughout the country, but also stand your ground laws – Mr. Williams was where he lawfully had the right to be and was not committing a crime, and thus had absolutely no reason to attempt to flee before defending himself, and he should be legally protected from halfwitted morons who would try to demonize him for not doing so.
(* – I specify "shooting" because contrary to the propaganda of "gun control" extremists, the vast majority of the thousands, if not millions, of defensive gun uses a year are resolved without a single shot being fired.)
(Courtesy of Gun Free Zone.)