God forbid any of us have to face the test of choosing to side with the Law (I don’t mean legislation; I mean the difference between right and wrong) or side with our blood relations. Throughout human history many people have taken the wrong path when faced with such a decision giving us a legacy of tribalism and blood feuds.
In this case there is nothing so dramatic, but the principle is the same. According to the Guns Save Lives blog,
The family of an armed robber is speaking out after surveillance video was released of their family member committing an armed robbery.
On the video Dante Williams is clearly seen entering a South Carolina Waffle House, pointing a gun at employees and customers and attempting to rob the restaurant.
Justin Harrison was eating at the bar. Harrison, a concealed carry permit holder, was armed. He waited for an opportunity, shot Williams, and attempted to detain the second suspect.
The family of Williams says that Harrison didn’t need to shoot and shouldn’t have felt threatened. They want to change South Carolina’s carry permit laws to require more training in order to get a permit. Many gun rights activists consider time consuming and costly training requirements to be a burden on their Second Amendment rights.
My condolences to the family of Dante Williams for losing a loved one. It sounds like they knew a part of Williams’ life that is quite different from what we see on the video. Of course, it is equally true that they never saw a part of Williams’ life that was quite significant and that eventually brought him to his death. Williams seem to have kept hidden part of his life from his loved ones. It is a tragedy he was not more honest with them so that they could have helped him put that world of violent plunder away from him.
But I hope that they will stop making threats against a hero who defended himself and everyone around him. Everyone following the path of Dante Williams needs to know that the moment you take up a gun as a means of gaining for yourself by robbery you are on the path to an early grave. You lose your right to demand the protection of your own life the moment you start threatening the lives of others.
Getting trained when you acquire a gun makes great sense. But it is up to the gun owner to decide for himself. It is not right for the state to impede gun ownership by requiring gun training.