A Dallas County man is killed after a shooting at a Dollar General store in Orrville. Investigators say the man entered the store with a gun and began waving it around as he walked around the store. They say the man pointed the gun at a customer and forced him to the back of the store. They say the customer then pulled out a gun of his own and shot the man. No arrest has been made and the incident remains under investigation by the Dallas County Sheriff's Office.
If ALA = Alabama,
and CHL - Concealed Handgun License,
and IRL = In Real Life,
then DRT = Dead Right There
In a 'normal world', this announcement would either be (ho hum, dog bites man) a normal news article which was covered widely but without much fanfare.
In an 'imperfect world', it would be covered by major news agencies through-out the land. Kudos to the hero, and the governor goes on nationwide television to express the thanks of a grateful state for the daring and courage of this man who put his life at risk for the benefit of his fellow citizens.
In this flawed world, the Media don't want to hear happy endings wherein the good guys take on the bad guys and win .. it's hardly reported at all. And almost ALL of that reportage is by bloggers on the internet. You can't blame the media; they would rather that nobody but the bad guys have guns. That way, it's easier to tell the bad guys from the good guys; the bad guys are the ones with the guns. That IS their mantra, and they are firm believers in the idea that most folks can't tell the players apart when things get complicated.
Unfortunately, it's a complicated world. Sometimes (but not as often as should be) the Good Guys have guns; that's why all those people in the Alabama Dollar General Store are still alive.
Well, except for the Bad Guy, of course. Which is how it should be.
Bearing Arms dot com has more thorough coverage. According to that source, the villain was one Kevin McLaughlin and the hero was Orrville resident Marlo Ellis.
Ellis was a customer in the store, and while McLaughlin was in the process of herding customers and employees into a store room (with the apparent intent to find "people to shoot"), Ellis pulled out his own (concealed) handgun and shot him dead, Dead, DEAD.
Sheeple are herd critters; heroes shoot the bad guys, and then finish their shopping.
Sooner or later, some liberal dolt will ask: "Why didn't he just shoot him in the shoulder?"
We direct their attention to the 1968 movie FIRECREEK, where the bad guy (Henry Fonda) says of the good guy (Jimmy Steward), whom Fonda's character had 'only' shot in the leg:
"I knew better. Any man worth shootin', is worth killin'"
Today's version: the paperwork is about the same, only you only have to live through the experience to fill out the paperwork.
PS: the store had a sign up which prohibited the open carry of firearms. There were no restrictions on concealed carry. That may be something to think about, America. Best guess is that the man who put up the sign thought it through before he posted it.