Thankfully, Red Lobster hasn’t fallen for Bloomberg’s campaign to make all businesses and establishments gun-free zones. Apparently, the restaurant simply follows respective state laws regarding open and concealed carry.
It’s a good thing, because this Las Vegas Red Lobster got robbed. A gun-carrying customer stopped the robbery by firing his gun into the air as the thief tried running off with the cash. The Daily Caller reported:
Shortly before 10 p.m. on Thursday, a robber entered the seafood restaurant and took a cash register from a bartender, according to KTNV. The thief, who was armed, also robbed a server.
The action scared patrons who huddled in a booth inside the eatery.
But one customer was prepared.
As the armed robber left the restaurant, cash register in hand, the customer went outside with a gun he had on him at the time.
The customer fired the gun in the air, which caused the robber to drop the cash register.
After dropping the loot, the robber ran off. Police eventually arrested him.
Though many large restaurant chains have moved towards policies restricting patrons’ right to carry guns, Red Lobster has maintained a relatively pro-gun stance.
I think firing a gun into the air like that is generally a really stupid thing to do. What goes up must come down. Although a descending bullet wouldn’t reach the velocity at which it was fired, it would still be at a velocity that could kill someone if it happened to hit a person in the head.
But I’m sure this is one of those cases where the gun-carrier had seconds to think of something to do. He didn’t want to shoot at the thief, because he could go down on a homicide charge if he killed him by shooting him in the back as he fled. He didn’t want to just shoot in the thief’s direction to scare him, because a stray bullet might hurt or kill someone else or damage property. So, the only thing left to do was to shoot straight in the air and hope it only hits the ground on its way back down. And that was all it took for the robber to be startled to the point of dropping the cash and eventually getting nabbed by the police.
The ideal situation would have been for several customers to have been packing so that they could have descended on the guy and held him at gunpoint until the cops arrived to take him away.