Video: Excellent — concealed-carrier stops an armed robbery

posted at 9:21 pm on July 17, 2012 by Erika Johnsen

Ah, sweet justice — drink it in, it always goes down smooth. There are few things that warm my heart quite so much as watching a lawfully armed citizen give a good lesson to a couple of bad guys who seek to threaten, intimidate, and possibly cause fatal bodily harm to others while undermining the rule of law. In an Internet cafe in Florida the other night, two armed robbers likely gained a newfound respect for the Second Amendment, the hard way:

“Based on what I have seen and what I know at this time, I don’t anticipate filing any charges,” said Bill Gladson of the State Attorney’s Office for 5th Judicial Circuit.

Gladson said he has reviewed the security surveillance video from the cafe. While he still awaits final reports from the Marion County Sheriff’s Office, he said the shooting appeared justified.

Samuel Williams, 71, who fired the shots, has a concealed weapons permit, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Under Florida law, a person is allowed to use deadly force if he or she fears death or serious injury to themselves or others. …

…At least one of his 30 fellow patrons at the cafe wants to thank him.

“I think he is wonderful. If he wouldn’t have been there, there could have been some innocent people shot,” said Mary Beach.

Absolutely textbook. I’m always amazed by people who seemed shocked or aghast by their friends and neighbors carrying weapons — if you don’t want to take the responsibility of owning and carrying a firearm upon your person, that’s fine. It’s your life, and you can cope with the risks. But I would think they’d be grateful when perfectly responsible, law-abiding citizens like this create a positive externality for everybody else by undertaking the task. Honestly, if criminals thought a few more people might be carrying concealed weapons in these instances, how much more or less eager do you think they’d be to try and commit the crime in the first place?


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Too bad we couldn’t see the look on that malignant jughead’s face when Grandpa opened up on him. Watching them literally trip over each other trying to get away from him was priceless!

CurtZHP on July 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

He could have done some real damage if he had a 45…

PatriotRider on July 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Center of mass, my friends, center of mass.
Never forget.

predator on July 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

It put a smile on my face…

PatriotRider on July 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM

If Obama had a son, he’d look like one of those robbers.

Mark1971 on July 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM

I think he should have re-loaded…

PatriotRider on July 17, 2012 at 9:27 PM

71 yrs old with a lil .380 and shows these punks “the door”! Love it!

bernzright777 on July 17, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Too bad they lived. Now they have to go to trial and spend taxpayer money.

Zomcon JEM on July 17, 2012 at 9:27 PM

He could have done some real damage if he had a 45…

PatriotRider on July 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

You know that punk did some real damage to his shorts when he realized what was happening.

CurtZHP on July 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM

I literally “LOL”‘ed when bozo #1 tripped over bozo #2, then ran away to leave #2 to fend for himself :D

Mr. Prodigy on July 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Yes.

hillbillyjim on July 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM

+7%…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on July 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Oh my God!!! I just hope none of those shot looked like they might have been Obama sons.

VorDaj on July 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Ah…Erika…you turn me on with your prose..

PatriotRider on July 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

This is heartwarming.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

But they were so brave and bold and stuff as long as they thought they were the ONLY ONES THERE who were armed!

Definitely must repost on my FB page!

kurtzz3 on July 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Those thugs thought their guns made them pretty tough. Too bad they (apparently) got away. Williams may need to spend some more time at the shooting range, though–the robbers don’t seem to have suffered much in the way of injury (other than to their pride).

Mohonri on July 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Excellent job. That first guy waving his gun at the patrons seemed startled to have bullets headed his way.

waelse1 on July 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Lovely.

However I bet they get a lawyer and sue him.

Slime.

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Too bad they lived. Now they have to go to trial and spend taxpayer money.

Zomcon JEM on July 17, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Nah, their public defender lawyer will take one look at the video and cop a plea.

CurtZHP on July 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I stand corrected–the article states that both of the robbers were injured.

Mohonri on July 17, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Picking up a XDs next week to replace my little .380.

.45 FTW.

tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Skittles.

NeoKong on July 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM

That was a beautiful thing to watch,both
armed thugs,tripping out the door like rats!!

And,a testament to Conceal/Carry!!

Sadly,I wish this happened last night,as thugs shot up
a house party in the Toronto,Ontario region last night!!

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM

The guy who walked into the store with a bat, swung it violently down and looks like he struck something, in order to intimidate and get everyone’s attention.

The Gun guy was waving that thing all around.

Is it bad to wish they had died?

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 9:32 PM

Picking up a XDs next week to replace my little .380.

.45 FTW.

tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 9:30 PM

I always have my G21 with me…

PatriotRider on July 17, 2012 at 9:32 PM

“Based on what I have seen and what I know at this time, I don’t anticipate filing any charges,” said Bill Gladson of the State Attorney’s Office for 5th Judicial Circuit.

Well duh. Maybe the city should give him a medal.

No wait, the perps were black weren’t they? Paging Angela Corey!

slickwillie2001 on July 17, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Somewhere MadCon is smiling. :D

cynccook on July 17, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Sadly,I wish this happened last night,as thugs shot up
a house party in the Toronto,Ontario region last night!!

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I read about that today. Have the usual suspects started blaming the USA yet for handguns coming across the border?

Mark1971 on July 17, 2012 at 9:33 PM

+7%…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on July 17, 2012 at 9:28 PM

Seven Percent Solution:With a 45.ACP dropped into said glass…
(I wouldn`t recommend it)..*CLINK*!:)

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 9:34 PM

Love it! Just wish he would have severed one of those guys’ spinal cord with a well placed round. The guy would have woke up every day and be reminded why he can’t walk.

Has any lib media outlet tried to accuse the old man of being racist yet?

The Notorious G.O.P on July 17, 2012 at 9:35 PM

That’s what I call gun control – hitting the target.

chazmaz on July 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM

Obviously the 71 year old was a racist…

PatriotRider on July 17, 2012 at 9:36 PM

That was great.

gophergirl on July 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Awesome!

This is what thugs need.
Immediate consequences.
They didn’t look so cool scattering like roaches across the floor.

Hope they meet some pretty “girlfriends” in prison.

bailey24 on July 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

UP TWINKLES.

Woot.

hillbillyjim on July 17, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Good for him. Lucky for those thug punks with HOODIES that he wasn’t carrying a .45 or they’d be room temperature about now.

ted c on July 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Hope they meet some pretty “girlfriends” in prison.

bailey24 on July 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

They will be the “pretty girlfriends” in prison.

predator on July 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Thing. Of. Beauty.

goflyers on July 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM

This is heartwarming.

GaltBlvnAtty on July 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I just took my CHL test two weeks ago, so I almost shed a tear out of sheer joy. It almost made me verklempt.

TxAnn56 on July 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Picking up a XDs next week to replace my little .380.
.45 FTW.
tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 9:30 PM

Have you considered a 1911? Smith & Wesson make fantastic .45 ACP 1911′s. I personally have issues aiming XD’s of all caliburs for some odd reason. 1911 on target every time.

jawkneemusic on July 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Holy crapanoli. If that dude’s not a vet I’ll be shocked. Wow.

cynccook on July 17, 2012 at 9:42 PM

I’ll bet he wasn’t loading HP rounds; the .380 has rather good velocity from such a small round, thus hitting with effective energy though the slug is relatively lightweight. I doubt the yutes would have been moving quite so well had they been struck by a SJHP.

One caveat. As ever, aim is the most important deciding factor.

hillbillyjim on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Lovely.
However I bet they get a lawyer and sue him.
Slime.
portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 9:29 PM

Fortunately it is Florida, so this won’t be an issue.

Looks like I’ll have to upgrade my carry piece sooner than expected.

Going to the gun store, yippee!!!!

ProfShadow on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Maybe Mr. Williams should be hired as a police officer. Should police invade a home on a drug informant tip or maybe they should stake the place a bit.

http://abcnews.go.com/US/story?id=95475&page=1#.UAYUVFL1Z8E

Cindy Munford on July 17, 2012 at 9:43 PM

LMAOROTF!

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 9:44 PM

If Barack had a son…

SouthernGent on July 17, 2012 at 9:45 PM

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 9:31 PM

I read about that today. Have the usual suspects started blaming the USA yet for handguns coming across the border?

Mark1971 on July 17, 2012 at 9:33 PM

Mark1971:I dunno about the handguns,but when the news came across
the internet,I knew,it was Gang thugs,as per usual,
African Canadians!!:)

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM

jawkneemusic on July 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

S & W recently came out with a small, thin 9mm M & P semi-auto called The Shield. I haven’t seen one in person yet, but judging from the review on Outdoor Channel it looks promising for a CC weapon.

hillbillyjim on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM

How cool is it that they have three different camera angles!!!

portlandon on July 17, 2012 at 9:32 PM

In a story I read, the guy with the bat took out at $1500 computer monitor, I guess to let people know he was serious.

Cindy Munford on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM

LMAOROTF!

GarandFan on July 17, 2012 at 9:44 PM

I have watched this clip like ten times now. It just doesn’t get old!

cynccook on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM

UP TWINKLES.

Woot.

hillbillyjim on July 17, 2012 at 9:38 PM

hillbillyjim:Haha,lol:)

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

In a story I read, the guy with the bat took out at $1500 computer monitor, I guess to let people know he was serious.

Cindy Munford on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM

The best part is the guy stepping on his co-criminal as he flies out the door. Just imagine what the crime rate in this country would be if only HALF of the eligible adults had a concealed carry permit and actually used it.

cynccook on July 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Any chance he is on the short list for VP?

RutRoh on July 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

Gayvon, “Hand over the Skittles!”

Cravon,” Yeah! Hey! We be gangsta!”

BANG! BANG!

Gayvon,”See u nex tweek Cravon!” BANG! BANG! BANG!

Cravon,” Fak U Dolan!” BANG!

BL@KBIRD on July 17, 2012 at 9:49 PM

If Obama had a son, he’d look like one of those robbers.

Mark1971 on July 17, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Well he’s robbing America of it’s future so yeah, you’re right.

PappyD61 on July 17, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Love when the Second Amendment is in action…….I love the cut of that mans gib. (sp)

crosshugger on July 17, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Any chance he is on the short list for VP?

RutRoh on July 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

RutRoh…you win all time best comment… EVAH!

Utica681 on July 17, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Have you considered a 1911? Smith & Wesson make fantastic .45 ACP 1911′s. I personally have issues aiming XD’s of all caliburs for some odd reason. 1911 on target every time.

jawkneemusic on July 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

That is a good question. Yes I do own a 1911. I absolutely adore it. It is a Remington R1. I shoot it very well. It also weighs a ton! I will definitely carry it when fall and winter comes, but hauling a hunk of steel like that around in the summer in STL is not applicable. I have my pocket .380 right now that I am proficient with. I do not want to get into caliber wars…it is all about shot placement. A good hollowpoint .45 is going to stop damn near anybody not on PCP while a good .380 round is going to allow the criminal to get up and run off.

Two guns I am considering right now are the Xds and the Para double stack 1911. Yeah yeah it isn’t a ’1911′…but it is a 1911 with 14 rounds :)

tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 9:52 PM

That was an uplifting video.

The guy is 71 so I think the .380 is probably the right size.

sharrukin on July 17, 2012 at 9:52 PM

I bet if the bus monitor had been carrying……

……been a little bit diffurnt outcome in Greece, New York.

PappyD61 on July 17, 2012 at 9:53 PM

True awesomeness.

And it was Friday the 13th. Yep, unlucky for the two creeps in more ways than one.

This is what thugs need.
Immediate consequences.
bailey24 on July 17, 2012 at 9:37 PM

Yep, absolutely.

PatriotGal2257 on July 17, 2012 at 9:53 PM

They didn’t look so cool scattering like roaches across the floor.

Racist! Roaches are black.
The PC term is “water bugs”.

Tc0061 on July 17, 2012 at 9:54 PM

S & W recently came out with a small, thin 9mm M & P semi-auto called The Shield. I haven’t seen one in person yet, but judging from the review on Outdoor Channel it looks promising for a CC weapon.

hillbillyjim on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM

hillbilljim:This it:)
=====================

M&P SHIELD
***********

From this Linky,access the whole ten yards(Video,Specs,etc.)

http://www.smith-wesson.com/wcsstore/SmWesson2/MP_Shield/index.html

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 9:55 PM

I personally have issues aiming XD’s of all caliburs for some odd reason. 1911 on target every time.

jawkneemusic on July 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

I rented a bunch of guns in 9mm a few moths ago. Xdm, SR9c, 19C, and a 226. The Xdm was really fast to aim, recover, and shoot accurately. However, I actually preferred the Ruger Sr9c.

And for some reason I just can’t shoot a Glock at all. I’m sure it is mental :)

tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

Time for a new individual mandate. Carry a concealed handgun or pay a tax/penalty. I’m tired of these freeloaders.

bravecowboy on July 17, 2012 at 9:58 PM

Awesome! It’s great to see some places appreciate actions like this.

if that happened in my home state of Massachusetts, that hero world be behind bars and the masked men would be considered the victims.

good god i hate my state

BRunner on July 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

Shoot, move, shoot, move.

Obviously a hate crime of some kind but whatever.

CorporatePiggy on July 17, 2012 at 9:59 PM

BL@KBIRD on July 17, 2012 at 9:49 PM

gooby, pls

Abby Adams on July 17, 2012 at 10:00 PM

“We don’t have all the facts yet, but it appears that Mr. Williams acted stupidly”

- President Barack Obama

somewhatconcerned on July 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM

…OMG!…they had hoodies on!…how long before we hear from the same clowns in Congress?

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM

I just took my CHL test two weeks ago, so I almost shed a tear out of sheer joy. It almost made me verklempt.

TxAnn56 on July 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

TxAnn56:Lol,(verklempt)!:)
============================

verklempt
**********

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PDXEgBh0TF0

canopfor on July 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Good work, but wish it had been just a little better shooting.

Remember, a wounded guy with a gun is often more dangerous.

But MAJOR kudos to the 71 year old for taking control and removing the threat.

Some arms dealer should give him free ammo for life.

profitsbeard on July 17, 2012 at 10:02 PM

Bravo, Mr. Williams, bravo.

Left Coast Right Mind on July 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

Holder may have something to say about this:

He only prosecutes the good guys, you know.

People breaking laws do not interest him on the other hand.

Sherman1864 on July 17, 2012 at 10:03 PM

…OMG!…they had hoodies on!…how long before we hear from the same clowns in Congress?

KOOLAID2 on July 17, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Like the Florida special prosecutor needs more work.

When will the police chief lose his job for not arresting the shooter?

cozmo on July 17, 2012 at 10:04 PM

Those boys entered a place to do bad things, and they found Jesus, in the form of a 71-year old man carrying heat. How sweet it is. They were fortunate that they didn’t meet His Dad that night, but Jesus was never known for shot-to-target proficiency, and I don’t think He ever carried either, though there wouldn’t be anything wrong with that.

TXUS on July 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

Have you considered a 1911? Smith & Wesson make fantastic .45 ACP 1911′s.

I second that. SW1911 is the finest .45 around. An excellent (and handsome) piece of equipment.

Lourdes on July 17, 2012 at 10:08 PM

What flavor of ‘White’ is the shooter?

White hispanic, white white …?

catmman on July 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

S & W recently came out with a small, thin 9mm M & P semi-auto called The Shield. I haven’t seen one in person yet, but judging from the review on Outdoor Channel it looks promising for a CC weapon.

hillbillyjim on July 17, 2012 at 9:46 PM

Yes, and a fine tool it is.

climbnjump on July 17, 2012 at 10:09 PM

My congrats to the 71 year old guy who did what needed to be done. That is the real Florida, the one the Leftmedia and Left try so hard to prevent mention of.

Lourdes on July 17, 2012 at 10:10 PM

Gotta say that I just absolutely LOVE this tape!
Dirty Harry’s got nothing on this gunslinging grandpa! This vid shows; clear as glass, that a prepared, conscientious citizen, exercising his second amendment right, is an indisputably effective method of protecting human life.

The next time any treasonous legislator (or president or A.G…) suggests yet another unconstitutional effort to limit your fundamental human right of self-protection by usurping our second amendment–they should play this video.

badcrow on July 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

And for some reason I just can’t shoot a Glock at all. I’m sure it is mental :)

tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 9:56 PM

I love my G23 and I’ve carried it on or about my person for over 20 years but I know what you mean.

Glocks are ‘fatter’ in the hand, at least they feel like it too me. Since the lower receiver re-design, it is a bit better.

But any single stack is going to fit better than any double IMO.

Personally, nothing fits my hand quite like the Browning HP, but a 1911 is a close second.

catmman on July 17, 2012 at 10:12 PM

Those boys entered a place to do bad things…

TXUS on July 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

It looked to me like they were just out for Skittles and Tea and weren’t really familiar with the neighborhood, went into that place looking for directions…

/sarc.

Lourdes on July 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

Those boys entered a place to do bad things…

TXUS on July 17, 2012 at 10:07 PM

It looked to me like they were just out for Skittles and Tea and weren’t really familiar with the neighborhood, went into that place looking for directions…

/sarc.

Lourdes on July 17, 2012 at 10:13 PM

And, you know, it’s cold in Florida in July so they really needed those hoodies, not to mention scarves shielding their faces from the intense sun…in the, uhh, cold Florida July, um, night.

/sarc.

Lourdes on July 17, 2012 at 10:16 PM

Awesome Story! Now more than ever we need to uphold our Second Amendment rights. This was pure poetic justice. The two wannabe robbers can now look forward to several years of being mocked by Bubba and Bruno in the Big House.

Benedict Nelson on July 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM

So awesome.

Think I’ll take my LC9 to the range tomorrow.

tdpwells on July 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

cynccook on July 17, 2012 at 9:48 PM

It is too funny! Good for Mr. Williams.

Cindy Munford on July 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Since no one has mentioned it so far, this tape could be used as an instructional video.

Mr. Williams CLOSES the distance between himself and the perp with the gun and aims before opening fire …

… and then continues to CLOSE distance and reacquire his sight picture before pulling the trigger again.

I can honestly say I don’t think anyone could offer suggestions for improvement on his form and mental outlook.

Samuel Williams, you sir, have one big brass set!

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

You don’t look to bad, here’s another.

Bernard Goetz on December 22, 1988 at 5:57PM

/heh!

roy_batty on July 17, 2012 at 10:21 PM

The two wannabe robbers can now look forward to several years of being mocked by Bubba and Bruno in the Big House.

Benedict Nelson on July 17, 2012 at 10:18 PM


ahem …

With this video going viral … Bruno and Bubba are going being doing a lot more than MOCKING these two morons.

… but I bet they find out it is even harder to get traction in the showers.

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2012 at 10:24 PM

I can honestly say I don’t think anyone could offer suggestions for improvement on his form and mental outlook.

Samuel Williams, you sir, have one big brass set!

PolAgnostic on July 17, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Here here!. That was a demonstration of training.

tom daschle concerned on July 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Have you considered a 1911? Smith & Wesson make fantastic .45 ACP 1911′s. I personally have issues aiming XD’s of all caliburs for some odd reason. 1911 on target every time.

jawkneemusic on July 17, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Single action vs double action – love my 1911, and my Sig P220 – both in glorious .45 ACP. Still trying to get used to the god-awful trigger pull on my XD. Maintaining good sight alignment while pulling on that 8 pound trigger, just flat sucks!

Hill60 on July 17, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Wow, all kidding aside, that was a seriously brave thing that 71-year-old man did.

Knott Buyinit on July 17, 2012 at 10:29 PM

The only thing missing was his aim. I’d have preferred to see the little bit of brains the two criminals had splattered on the floors and walls.

Now Floridians get to pay for their vacation.

Ah well, can’t have everything I guess.

Wolfmoon on July 17, 2012 at 10:33 PM

Good for him. Lucky for those thug punks with HOODIES that he wasn’t carrying a .45 or they’d be room temperature about now.

ted c on July 17, 2012 at 9:39 PM

First thought I had when I read this story – 5 or 6 shots and they are still running. 9 mm… Wouldn’t happen with a 1911…

Jaibones on July 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

He could have done some real damage if he had a 45…

PatriotRider on July 17, 2012 at 9:25 PM

Yep, two hand hold (I personally use a little known system called the ‘Quell” system), Colt Combat Elite and double tap center mass. Having said that, Bravo, Mr. Williams, Bravo!!!!

ghostwalker1 on July 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Hilarious video -

“Violent criminals advocate stronger gun laws to foster a safer work environment and limit their exposure to risk.”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngsKzdKNAmo

SoldiersMom on July 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM

Where are my manners? Bravo, Mr. Williams!

Jaibones on July 17, 2012 at 10:37 PM

How timely… my husband’s concealed carry permit just arrived in the mail today.

Nikkia2112 on July 17, 2012 at 10:38 PM

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