Single customer wins shootout with four armed robbers in Texas bar

posted at 9:21 am on October 6, 2014 by Jazz Shaw

A rather startling story out of Texas from early Saturday morning comes our way and it puts a bit of a twist on the old saying about a bad guy with a gun and a good guy with a gun. This tale actually involved four bad guys.

Two men were fatally shot by a customer after they attempted to rob a north Harris County bar early Saturday — the latest in a fury of shootings in Houston this week. Jenny O’Donnell, owner of EJ’s Place, said four armed men came to her bar in the 16400 block of Kuykendall at Colwell, around 2:30 a.m.

O’Donnell, who was not there at the time of the incident, said a head bartender and waitress were closing up for the night when two men walked into the bar and demanded everyone get down on the floor. Two other men “lingered at the bar door,” she said.

That’s when a customer at the bar pulled his own gun and started shooting at the men, she said. The attempted robbers fired at least three rounds inside the bar, said O’Donnell.

“That man was a hero,” said O’Donnell. “We could have had some bodies.”

The bar owner was being a bit overly specific in her description because, in fact, they did have some bodies. Two of them to be precise, but fortunately – and to her point, I believe – none of them were the staff or the customers. The article goes on to state that one of the would be armed robbers died “right outside the door” and another expired at the end of the parking lot. The other two fled, but the owner had security cameras covering the incident and is cooperating with the police as they try to identify them.

I first read about this story at Vox Popoli, where the following is noted.

It’s interesting to observe that four robbers were involved and that still wasn’t enough to guarantee a safe and successful robbery. The more that people are armed, the more dangerous and difficult it becomes for criminals to accomplish anything from basic street muggings to full-fledged home invasions.

There may be more to the story of the customer – described by the bar owner as a hero – than meets the eye, but more details will be required. The report states that the customer who fended off the robbers also “fled the scene” before the police arrived. There could be any number of reasons for this. He may have simply been frightened about the fact that he had likely killed a couple of people and panicked. He could have lacked the proper permits for his weapon and feared retribution from the law, or had other reasons to wish to avoid a confrontation with the police. Or perhaps he just didn’t want to become the story.

But the most remarkable aspect of this was the relatively overwhelming advantage that the criminals had in terms of numbers, yet they still lost the battle and fled the field. One determined man took on four armed invaders, killed two and caused the others to decamp. That’s pretty impressive, no matter what subsequent details emerge. But it also speaks to the larger societal message which I believe Vox Popoli was getting at. Criminals act in a bold fashion when they believe that they will be facing unarmed, compliant victims. But when the potential cost for their actions goes up and their own security is threatened, their resolve is once again seen to melt away. Public attacks such as this become a far more costly proposition when would be attackers know that the population contains a significant number of people who may be carrying their own firepower and bring it to bear upon them at any moment.

An armed society is a polite society. And as to the inevitable questions about why this matter wasn’t left to the police, it’s a given that they can’t be everywhere at once. As one commenter in the article linked above noted, “I carry a gun because a cop doesn’t fit into my pocket.”


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Then to you they aren’t “gun dealers”, they are Merchants of Death. ;)

Reuben Hick on October 6, 2014 at 11:28 AM

I’m more of a Lord(s) of War fan…..

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM

eon

eon on October 6, 2014 at 9:53 AM

Learned a lot. If anyone skipped by that long post, you missed some downright helpful information. Hat tips to eon.

65droptop on October 6, 2014 at 11:19 AM

Ditto.

AesopFan on October 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Others stories about this incident say the guy regularly stays and escorts the female staff to their cars.
Perhaps he doesn’t drink at all, but just goes to the bar around closing time to protect the staff – some of whom might be family – just being neighborly, as they say.

BTW – I’m the same – if we go out to eat, and I’m carrying, I skip the alcohol – just to be sure and safe.

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 10:46 AM

Because of this, and the time he was there, it sounds to me like he was more of a volunteer security guard than a customer.

slickwillie2001 on October 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM

More on the story here.

It appears that the good guy was a regular who routinely walked customer to their car.

They think he fled because of the regulation. If the cops are hoping for someone to ID him, I think they are in for a long wait.

The world is made up of 3 kinds of people.
Sheep, sheepdogs and wolves.
A “guns not welcome here” sign on the door only keeps out the sheepdog. The wolf walks right in.

kurtzz3 on October 6, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Criminals act in a bold fashion when they believe that they will be facing unarmed, compliant victims. But when the potential cost for their actions goes up and their own security is threatened, their resolve is once again seen to melt away.

The large majority of criminals are just cowards. They want to prey on the weak.. not the strong. They’re not even loyal to each other. How many times have you watched one of these videos.. seen a thug fall to the ground and his buddies just keep running.

JellyToast on October 6, 2014 at 11:35 AM

RED 2

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 11:29 AM

Ahhhhhh, thanks.

GWB on October 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Because of this, and the time he was there, it sounds to me like he was more of a volunteer security guard than a customer.

slickwillie2001 on October 6, 2014 at 11:32 AM

And hopefully that’s the story the cops get – and go with – when/if they find him – which is possible/likely if they’re looking over security video to ID the surviving perps.

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

The world is made up of 3 kinds of people.
Sheep, sheepdogs and wolves.
A “guns not welcome here” sign on the door only keeps out the sheepdog. The wolf walks right in.

kurtzz3 on October 6, 2014 at 11:35 AM

I always thought the 3 kinds of people were:
those who can count and those who can’t…..
:)

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM

1 against 4 sounds about right.

So, back in the old days, the cowboys in from the trail drive go on a spree, and pretty soon are shooting up the town and each other. The mayor telegraphs headquarters of the Texas Rangers and asks for help, which is immediately dispatched.
The mayor and town leaders meet the next train and a Ranger steps off.
They greet him effusively, but are plainly disappointed that he is unaccompanied by a larger posse.
“How come they ain’t sent but one Ranger?” complained the mayor.
“Well,” the lawman replied, “there ain’t but one riot.”

(And yes, this story predates Walker – Texas Ranger on tv.)

AesopFan on October 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM

the hero was most likely worried about having a (probably licensed) firearm in a location where even CCW are not permitted (a place where alcoholic beverages are served and 51% or more of its business is alcohol sales; weird TABC regulations).

good for him. i hope he stays safely anonymous.

WaldoTJ on October 6, 2014 at 11:41 AM

Then to you they aren’t “gun dealers”, they are Merchants of Death. ;)

Reuben Hick on October 6, 2014 at 11:28 AM

Bishop, I’m impressed. You reeled in another one, and you didn’t even have to put high heels on.

CurtZHP on October 6, 2014 at 11:43 AM

The dude shot in self-defense. And protecting the female bartenders, like it seemed he had a habit of doing regularly anyway. I’m really hoping in this case that the cops look the other way. There was nothing this guy did that was morally incorrect, though legally might be another matter altogether.

gryphon202 on October 6, 2014 at 10:43 AM

The law says a lot of dumb things. It’s up to each of us to decide what we, as capable members of society, should do in fulfilling our obligation to protect and defend our lives and the lives of others. Part of that decision is accepting responsibility for the consequences of our actions. I’m not saying you shouldn’t deprive the DA of a carrying/shooting under the influence conviction as this hero may have. Never make it easy for them to blame the sheepdog for protecting the sheep.

Immolate on October 6, 2014 at 10:53 AM

Indeed.

AesopFan on October 6, 2014 at 11:43 AM

This weekend I was shooting a friend’s .45 pistol. Damn it felt good. Now I need to get one because the AR15 doesn’t fit in my pocket. But I’m afraid I’m going to have to start hanging around bars at closing time just to see if it feels that good from the other end as it does from the shooting end.

NOMOBO on October 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Crap. Only 2 taxpayer relief bullets met their marks.

mankai on October 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Rick Perry agrees.

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 11:36 AM

Not with the amount of press this is getting. They will look just as hard for this guy as for the remaining robbers.

They don’t want more Paul Kerseys.

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

I don’t know the law there well enough to even guess, does the fact the bar was closed matter?
at that point isn’t he a “friend” of the owner who is on private property?

dmacleo on October 6, 2014 at 10:09 AM

That’s what lawyers are supposed to argue about – hope the hero has a good one.

PS if you are a member of NRA and have their legal defense insurance, they want you to call them before you talk to the police, so they can get the lawyer ready.

AesopFan on October 6, 2014 at 11:48 AM

Ooops, didn’t notice that my link to GunsSaveLives was already posted by others.

Here. Let me redeem myself with a similar post about the victim (again from TX) getting the upper hand.

kurtzz3 on October 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Here. Let me redeem myself with a similar post about the victim (again from TX) getting the upper hand.

kurtzz3 on October 6, 2014 at 11:51 AM

Saw that one on bearing arms as well – and that’s why I now keep a gun within arm’s length at all times at home – just in case.

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Saw that one on bearing arms as well – and that’s why I now keep a gun within arm’s length at all times at home – just in case.

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 12:00 PM

Well, uhh, I would, cough cough, if I hadn’t lost all my guns on that ill-fated fishing trip with Bishop….

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Bishop, I’m impressed. You reeled in another one, and you didn’t even have to put high heels on.

CurtZHP on October 6, 2014 at 11:43 AM

High heels????

OK, I’m waiting for the high heels. No flat shoe trollin’ is gonna make me take the bait.

captnjoe on October 6, 2014 at 12:03 PM

Practice, practice, practice.
Rules of the Gun Fight:
1. Don’t go.
2. If you have to go, take a gun. (If you want an advantage take a rifle).
3. Never take a NEW gun.
4. Take a BIG gun.
(When an old BP agent was asked why he carried a .45 he said, “Because Colt don’t make a fifty.)
5. If you must carry a gun, carry TWO guns, or even 3 if you KNOW there will be trouble.

Missilengr on October 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

When an old BP agent was asked why he carried a .45 he said, “Because Colt don’t make a fifty.)

Missilengr on October 6, 2014 at 12:06 PM

That’s no longer a valid excuse, as there are now several .50 cals out there…
But that may not be a good option for everyone – considering the videos I’ve seen of people (mostly skinny girls) getting their forehead smacked by a .50….

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 12:12 PM

AND
When all else fails and and IT is going to happen TO YOU … RIGHT NOW.
REMEMBER:

Shoot FIRST
Shoot STRAIGHT
Shoot FAST
Shoot LAST

Why first? Because there are NO RULES nor timers in a Gun Fight.
Why straight? Because you cannot MISS FAST ENOUGH. (GET IT?)
Why fast? Only a LIVeral would wonder why this is important.
Why last? Again the answer is your survival. Do you want it or not?

Finally … Pistol are like Parachutes.
If you need one and don’t have one.
It is likely you’ll never need one ever again.

Missilengr on October 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

In noting that this citizen apparently got two kills with one salvo, I was reminded of how many times 20 or 30 policemen have fired off several hundred rounds without hitting anything.

Tom Servo on October 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

In noting that this citizen apparently got two kills with one salvo, I was reminded of how many times 20 or 30 policemen have fired off several hundred rounds without hitting anything.

Tom Servo on October 6, 2014 at 12:19 PM

And no innocent bystanders hit – which often DOES happen in police shootouts.

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 12:31 PM

He proceeded to tell me about that day. It was in January 2009, just weeks after he retired from the Navy. It was cold that morning, and he was wearing a heavy winter coat. He was driving his truck — his now famous black F350 with the large rims and impressive grill — when he needed to stop for gas. He pulled into a station right off highway 67.

As he got out of the truck, two men approached. Both had guns in their hands. One pointed his weapon at Kyle. They told him to hand over his keys. Kyle was out of the truck, on the passenger’s side.

“I told them I would get them the keys,” he told me. “I told them they were in the truck and to just let me reach in.”

He noticed the man pointing the gun didn’t seem very confident. Kyle knew what confidence with a gun looked like.

As Kyle turned, leaning into the open passenger door of the truck, he reached into his own waistband. With his right hand, he grabbed his Colt 1911. He fired two shots under his left armpit, hitting the first guy twice in the chest. Then he turned slightly and fired twice more, hitting the second man twice in the chest. Both men fell dead.

Kyle leaned on his truck and waited for the police.

He said he was later told that trucks like his are very popular among car thieves because they’re frequently taken over the Mexican border. He said they’d passed up the car in front of his, even though it was a relatively new Cadillac.

Kyle told me that the entire incident was caught on the gas station’s surveillance cameras. He said he gave the responding officers a phone number to call. Presumably someone high up in the government explained to the officers who Kyle was. He said the officers were very understanding, that they didn’t want to drag a just-home, highly decoratated veteran into a messy legal situation that would surely draw a harsh media spotlight.

Kyle told me that he knew the tape was out there somewhere, because he would randomly get emails from police officers all over the country, thanking him for “cleaning up the streets.”
http://frontburner.dmagazine.com/2013/02/08/confirmed-american-sniper-chris-kyle-killed-two-men-at-a-gas-station-in-2009/

Patriot Vet on October 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

If you need one and don’t have one.
It is likely you’ll never need one ever again.

Missilengr on October 6, 2014 at 12:15 PM

Interesting twist on the old:
It’s better to have one and not need it, than to need one and not have it.

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

A couple of questions come to mind…is it legal to carry in a bar in Texas, and, more subtly, the good guy had to have been drinking at 2:30 in the morning…pretty good shooting considering. I hope he stays unknown.

JIMV on October 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

A couple of questions come to mind…is it legal to carry in a bar in Texas, and, more subtly, the good guy had to have been drinking at 2:30 in the morning…pretty good shooting considering. I hope he stays unknown.

JIMV on October 6, 2014 at 12:52 PM

See earlier posts.

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 1:01 PM

I’m not sure how Texas residents are supposed to know what percentage of an establishment’s business is derived from alcohol. A bar, sure, that’s easy…but how about a restaurant with a bar inside? A strip club? What if the percentage changes?

Here in Florida we can carry in the restaurant portion, but we can’t enter the bar area when carrying. It seems a more elegant solution than guessing how they make their money.

James on October 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Plot twist…It was George Zimmerman!

tlynch001 on October 6, 2014 at 1:34 PM

An armed society is a polite society.

“Never insult seven men when all you’re packing is a six-shooter.”

Zane Grey

BuckeyeSam on October 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

He probably fled because in Texas it is illegal to conceal carry in a bar, he will undoubtedly come forward or be tracked down however, hard to get a Texas grand jury to true bill a hero.

DDoyle0224 on October 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM

James on October 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

Signage on the front of the establishment. Required by law.

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 1:46 PM

The bar owner was being a bit overly specific in her description because, in fact, they did have some bodies. She meant bodies that mattered. At least two bad guys were rehabilitated permanently.

golfer1 on October 6, 2014 at 1:57 PM

I’m not sure how Texas residents are supposed to know what percentage of an establishment’s business is derived from alcohol. A bar, sure, that’s easy…but how about a restaurant with a bar inside? A strip club? What if the percentage changes?

Here in Florida we can carry in the restaurant portion, but we can’t enter the bar area when carrying. It seems a more elegant solution than guessing how they make their money.

James on October 6, 2014 at 1:32 PM

it’s easy. the TABC requires one of 2 signs to be posted. the one with the big, red 51% tells you it’s a felony to CCW there.

WaldoTJ on October 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM

He probably fled because in Texas it is illegal to conceal carry in a bar, he will undoubtedly come forward or be tracked down however, hard to get a Texas grand jury to true bill a hero.

DDoyle0224 on October 6, 2014 at 1:45 PM

I’m hoping when they find him that his story is “I only went to the bar after closing in order to provide security for the female staff members when they left” – and that’s their story (all of them) and they’re sticking to it.

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 2:09 PM

An armed society is a polite society.

Jazz, you forgot the “h/t Robert A Heinlein”… ;-)

Newtie and the Beauty on October 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM

“I don’t believe in repeat offenders. I believe in dead offenders.”

Ted Nugent

Amen, bro.

NoPain on October 6, 2014 at 2:27 PM

Newtie and the Beauty on October 6, 2014 at 2:21 PM

Don’t hold it against him. He has probably never been exposed to great libertarian writing.

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 2:28 PM

I’ll have to watch the news out of Houston for the inevitable, “But they were Good Boys!” wailing from the perp’s families.

wkh on October 6, 2014 at 2:29 PM

Gun control promoters are useful idiots incapable of the basic math in the situation that when SECONDS count the police are still only MINUTES away; they’re clearly criminal accomplices that also should be charged, being themselves responsible for the deaths of innocent people who’d still be alive if people were armed instead of literally fatally enslaved to gun control lunacy imposed by today’s stupid bigots.

russedav on October 6, 2014 at 2:31 PM

A man has a right to defend his life.

A man has a right to defend his family.

A man has a right to defend his property.

A man has a right to defend his neighbors.

A man has a right to defend the innocent and weak.

And even a drunk person has a right to do these things as Nature grants these rights. Although with shooting like that it would be hard to say that someone was impaired or even disorderly, and likely not to be intoxicated.

Try to bring charges against a man who does any of these and in a civilized land he will not be punished and possibly not even prosecuted. No jury made up of the civilized would ever convict such a man. That is how you can tell if you live amongst the civilized or not.

ajacksonian on October 6, 2014 at 2:35 PM

Patriot Vet on October 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Wow, I had never heard that story. Thanks for posting it. Those dirtbags made an extremely poor victim selection.

juliesa on October 6, 2014 at 2:49 PM

He was in clear violation of the law.

It is illegal to carry a firearm into a bar in Texas, even if you have a CHL (statute 30.06).

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 9:32 AM

It depends. I don’t remember if any of the old carry laws (actually defense of prosecution laws) still exist since I no longer work in bars and have a need to carry in them.

The bar owner can be armed, not many others.

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 9:38 AM
**************
So which is it? Do you have info that the CC hero is in clear violation of the law? Just asking.

GreenEnergy on October 6, 2014 at 2:55 PM

So which is it? Do you have info that the CC hero is in clear violation of the law? Just asking.

GreenEnergy on October 6, 2014 at 2:55 PM

I don’t think anyone knows the answer to the question “does 51% prohibition apply when estab. is closed?”.

bbhack on October 6, 2014 at 3:01 PM

Well, this is a north suburb of Houston, not downtown Houston, and in one of the reddest of red areas in the country. If the hero ends up on the wrong side of the law, he could probably hope for jury nullification or a friendly judge and a slap on the wrist.

bitsy on October 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

GreenEnergy on October 6, 2014 at 2:55 PM

As I wrote earlier, it depends.

Not enough is known at this time to draw any ultimate conclusion.

He clearly violated the law by bringing a handgun into the establishment. The concealed carry law superseded the old defense from prosecution laws. But I don’t recall the older laws being repealed. One of them pertains to this situation.

If the guy is ever identified, a Harris county grand jury will decide. Unless the feds want to get involved.

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

My printed copy is from 2010, and this may be current if different.

Texas PC 46.035 (b)(1)

(b) A license holder commits an offense if the license holder intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carries a handgun under the authority of Subchapter H, Chapter 411, Government Code, regardless of whether the handgun is concealed, on or about the license holder’s person:

(1) on the premises of a business that has a permit or license issued under Chapter 25, 28, 32, 69, or 74, Alcoholic Beverage Code, if the business derives 51 percent or more of its income from the sale or service of alcoholic beverages for on-premises consumption, as determined by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission under Section 104.06, Alcoholic Beverage Code;

(k) It is a defense to prosecution under Subsection (b)(1) that the actor was not given effective notice under Section 411.204, Government Code.

bbhack on October 6, 2014 at 3:15 PM

bitsy on October 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

A). It’s still Harris county. The jury pool will be bluer than the bar’s location.

B). It’s still Texas. My situation in Dallas county was not as murky as this and I still sweated the grand jury.

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 3:18 PM

The Secret Service needs to track the hero down and hire him.

bitsy on October 6, 2014 at 3:19 PM

bitsy on October 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

A). It’s still Harris county. The jury pool will be bluer than the bar’s location.

B). It’s still Texas. My situation in Dallas county was not as murky as this and I still sweated the grand jury.

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 3:18 PM

Oh derp, I didn’t realize this was still in Harris county. Too bad he wasn’t on the other end of Kuykendal.

I am not saying he shouldn’t be worried, but hopefully this will have a happy ending for him.

bitsy on October 6, 2014 at 3:21 PM

I’m a licensed CCW holder in Nevada and while it is legal to carry concealed in a bar, it is illegal to consume alcohol while carrying a concealed weapon. I’m sure Texas is similar and prompted the good Samaritan to flee the establishment.

Wyznowski on October 6, 2014 at 3:23 PM

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 3:14 PM

How precious. You have a new friend. Lolz! ; )

Bmore on October 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

Wyznowski on October 6, 2014 at 3:23 PM

Nope. It’s illegal to carry in any establishment that derives 51%, or more, of its receipts from the sale of alcohol. Even if you are just coming in to use the phone.

Bmore on October 6, 2014 at 3:26 PM

I do seem to attract them. I wonder if this one is a girl too.

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM

I do seem to attract them. I wonder if this one is a girl too.

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Must be all that talk about Texans doing everything BIG……

;)

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 3:38 PM

cozmo on October 6, 2014 at 3:33 PM

Hmmm….. with that nom, maybe. Lolz. ; ) Hey, OT to be sure. Made an interesting find today at my friends scrapyard. I’ll tell you about it later.

Bmore on October 6, 2014 at 3:49 PM

I am glad he was there and acted, period. The law be damned.

SC.Charlie on October 6, 2014 at 3:53 PM

It sounds like he needs to work on his aim. Two survived… Only killing 2 was a %50. That is a failing grade.

jeffn21 on October 6, 2014 at 9:54 AM

You grade too harsh. I figure if two of them fled rather than get shot, that should be worth at least half credit. 75%

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

You grade too harsh. I figure if two of them fled rather than get shot, that should be worth at least half credit. 75%

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 6, 2014 at 4:04 PM

I wouldn’t take away any points for those 2 – since they apparently stayed at or just outside the door and ran as soon as the shooting started.

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 4:13 PM

I’m in firearms training right now and it’s quite respectable that the shooter here got the drop on two threats. There are ranges where you can practice on multiple 360 targets but scarce. Maybe the good guy is ex- police or military, or just experienced. Thank God he was there.

GreenEnergy on October 6, 2014 at 4:14 PM

“Never insult seven men when all you’re packing is a six-shooter.”

Zane Grey

BuckeyeSam on October 6, 2014 at 1:43 PM

I once chased down a pack of punks who were throwing chunks of concrete at passing cars from hiding. I managed to catch one by threatening to shoot and sent the GF to my nearby home with instructions to call the police and have my roommate come back with his pistol. (Yes, this was before cell phones were common.) I was a little concerned that his buddies would come back for him.

When my friend arrived he said, “What the Hell is going on? Theresa said you went after at least a dozen of these punks.”

“Yeah, I guess I did.”

Ron said, “So you had them outnumbered then. Good.”

I only then began to think. I had a pocket pistol and a seven round magazine.

novaculus on October 6, 2014 at 4:24 PM

the stench of testosterone is strong with this thread

tlynch001 on October 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

the stench of testosterone is strong with this thread

tlynch001 on October 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Hmmm – I thought it was gunpowder…..

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 5:01 PM

I object to the characterization that the man “fled the scene.”

Why not, “he went home” instead?

He will be identified, especially with them speaking of him as a regular who escorts ladies to their cars. That won’t be a secret.

Adjoran on October 6, 2014 at 5:04 PM

I don’t know. Houston has a reputation for having a mean, ill-tempered population. I’d say Dallas would come second on the list and I’m from Dallas.

Occams Stubble on October 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Feh. Houston is full of people scared to get involved. Dallas is mainly road rage central.

john1schn on October 6, 2014 at 5:08 PM

I don’t know the laws where this happened but according to my training it is illegal to have a firearm in a bar, that is the most likely reason the hero fled. Remember that no good deed ever goes unpunished. Also Obama is still the President and his criminal side kick Eric Holder is still in charge of the justice department. The hero would not have had a prayer, especially if the assailants were black, because to Holder and Obama you are wrong when you shot a black criminal even if they are in the act of breaking the law or you are an officer doing your job.

pwb on October 6, 2014 at 5:11 PM

the stench of testosterone is strong with this thread

tlynch001 on October 6, 2014 at 4:46 PM

Hmmm – I thought it was gunpowder…..

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 5:01 PM

Hmmm.
He had no friends, this Jonah Hex, but he did have two companions: one was death itself…the other, the acrid smell of gunsmoke…

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 6, 2014 at 6:29 PM

I want to be that guy.
I want to be that capable of protecting.

ORconservative on October 6, 2014 at 9:46 AM

http://twitpic.com/bw9in6

(Did I miss an open enrollment? Lot of newbies about.)

davidk on October 6, 2014 at 6:31 PM

Could the shooter, God bless him, have been a bouncer?

davidk on October 6, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Patriot Vet on October 6, 2014 at 12:40 PM

I just love a story with a happy ending.

davidk on October 6, 2014 at 6:43 PM

He had no friends, this Jonah Hex, but he did have two companions: one was death itself…the other, the acrid smell of gunsmoke…

There Goes the Neighborhood on October 6, 2014 at 6:29 PM

I love the smell of gunpowder in the morning (like about 2:30 am)….

dentarthurdent on October 6, 2014 at 6:45 PM

Skeet gun …right?/

CW on October 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Skeet gun …right?/

CW on October 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Yep. Fires foam rubber earplug-tipped bullets.

partsnlabor on October 6, 2014 at 7:50 PM

An armed society is a polite society.

I love me some Heinlein.

ButterflyDragon on October 6, 2014 at 8:30 PM

As a TX CHL holder, it is illegal for me to take a gun into a bar during bar operating hours. Hence the quick exit by the heroic customer. Hopefully police don’t put much effort in trying to locate him for an arrest.

jediwebdude on October 7, 2014 at 12:20 AM

Here is a perfect case of the end justifying the means. If the shooter broke the law, he should be given a pass and a medal for his intervention.
Perfect example of what happens in “gun-free zones.” Bad guys always assume there will be no opposition. Just imagine their surprise! Two less thugs to care for at high cost in prison is a victory for taxpayers.
Guns Save Lives!

geezerintraining on October 7, 2014 at 11:09 AM

It could turn out that the gun he grabbed was already there, stashed behind the bar. Although remote, if that was the case he would not be guilty of breaking the CHL bar rule as he carried nothing in.

catalan on October 7, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Crap. Only 2 taxpayer relief bullets met their marks.

mankai on October 6, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Note that two of of the gang were standing either at or very near the door. By the time the immediate threat was killed off, those two were probably running for blocks on adrenaline. Knowing you are about to die if you don’t move your cuerpo concentrates the mind wonderfully.

BillH on October 8, 2014 at 12:12 AM

I don’t know. Houston has a reputation for having a mean, ill-tempered population.
Occams Stubble on October 6, 2014 at 9:47 AM

We only have that reputation because we’re mean and ill tempered.

Wino on October 9, 2014 at 7:48 AM

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