If Only The Robbers Had Used the Front Door, Then They Would Have Seen the Sign and Stopped

It could have been much worse. No employees were hospitalized. No customers were hurt. No shot was fired.

Three gunman wearing hoodies robbed a restaurant.

From ABC 11:

Police are searching for three suspects involved in an armed robbery at Durham’s newly-opened barbecue restaurant, The Pit, at 321 W. Geer Street.

Authorities said just before 9 p.m. Sunday, three men wearing hoodies entered the restaurant through the back doors with pistols, and forced several staff members to lie on the floor.

The bandits assaulted two employees during the crime, but they were not seriously injured.

“They’re doing great,” restaurant owner Greg Hatem said. “One of them actually went to the hospital and was released. They took a good look at him, he’s fine.”

Hatem also said there were a few patrons in the dining room while the robbery was happening in the kitchen area. Workers were able to ask them to leave, and got them out safely through the front door.

“We’re offering $2,000 for the arrest and conviction of these guys,” Hatem said. “We take this very seriously. We want to make sure our guests and our staff are taken care of.”

I wouldn’t have thought this was worth blogging about except that Bob sent me a picture of the front door of the building (and he also made the sarcastic comment I am using as the title of this post).

no weapons

As the North Carolina gun blog says about that sign:

I am very glad that no one was seriously injured. But everyone involved needs to face one very important fact. They were not murdered only because the robbers did not decide to kill them. The robbers had all the power. No one could resist them. Why? Because the owner of The Pit Authentic Barbecue has banned guns in his restaurant.

What if they had shot and killed those restaurant workers? No mainstream news source would have reported this as a tragedy caused by a disarmament policy. But if there is ever an accidental shooting, that is treated as proof that guns should be banned.