Every honest American knows that a firearm is the best way to defend yourself in a dangerous situation. But if you don’t have access to one, you’ll have to make the best use of what you have.
This brave woman had nerves of steel, and brass cajones.
Let’s talk armed robbery – no matter what you might see on TV, the best way to stay alive is to remain calm and do as the burglar asks. It’s only when you have a clear shot and the advantage that a weapon works for you.
Of course, if it’s not just your life on the line, but others, you might fight back, even if you don’t have a weapon on you. And if you’re a Long Island thrift store manager, and the gunman is threatening your customers? Maybe just use his weapon.
You’ll just have to grab it from him and beat him with it, is all. No sweat.
Centereach, NY- The result of trying to rob the wrong workers for Ronald Kelly was a beating and jail. pic.twitter.com/lF8aPBkP1F
— Stringer News (@Stringernews) August 20, 2017
A man attempting an armed robbery at a thrift shop in Centereach Saturday night got something he probably hadn’t bargained for.
Ronald J. Kelly walked into Island Thrift in Centereach, pointed a shotgun at the manager and five other employees, and demanded money.
The manager, whom police identified as a woman, “feared the situation was becoming dire and grabbed the gun.”
Two employees joined the struggle, gained control of the shotgun and wrestled Kelly to the floor, holding him until Sixth Precinct units arrived.
As great as that all sounds, that’s not the most amusing part.
Kelly was taken to Stony Brook University Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries suffered during the altercation.
The weapon Kelly thought was going to be a threat to his victims? It ended up as the club that bruised him and sent him to the hospital.
Let this be a quick lesson to new gun enthusiasts: a firearm, as personal protection, only works if it’s on your person. If you leave it behind, or if someone takes it from you, you’re out of luck.
Of course, if you take a bad guy’s gun from him, you’re probably a weapon all by yourself.
Hats off to the Island Thrift employees in Centereach, and try not to make your boss too mad. She’s tough.