March 25, 2014 – Roseville, Michigan – While trying to put a cordless drill under his coat, 26 year old Joshua Silva was confronted by a Home Depot security officer. Silva began to fight with the security officer and during the fight, retrieved a syringe from his pocket and began to stab the officer. An armed citizen with a concealed carry permit witnessed the attack and pulled his handgun and challenged Silva to get onto the ground. The armed citizen held Silva on the ground at gun point until police arrived and took him into custody without further incident.
Roseville Police Chief James Berlin commented after the incident that he was putting the citizen “in for a citizens citation.” I’m thinking a Home Depot gift card might also be in order.
This story illustrates two important points. One, not every armed encounter ends in somebody getting shot or needs to. Courts have ruled in the past that if you assault somebody with a needle or bodily fluid that is contaminated with AIDS, it is considered assault with a deadly weapon and the assailant can be charged with attempted murder. It must be assumed in a case like this that the needle was contaminated with AIDS or Hepatitis making this a deadly force situation. The armed citizen would most likely have been justified in shooting Mr. Silva, but made the choice not to. In this instance, that was the correct decision.
And second, when seconds count, police are only minutes away. Responsible armed citizens in the community, as illustrated in this example can do more than just protect themselves and their family, they can also provide protection for the community at large. The odds that something bad will happen in the presence of a law enforcement officer are slim at best, but odds are significantly higher that bad things will happen when an armed citizen is around to respond. The case is made in this instance that more guns make use all safer.
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