The Second Amendment in Action

Oddly enough, I have yet to find any stories in The Philadelphia Inquirer condemning this store clerk for defending himself. From Robert Stacey Stacy McCain:

One Less Criminal on the Streets

Posted on | September 1, 2019 | 30 Comments

“Overkill is underrated,” says Jesse Kelly, commenting on video of an attempted robbery at a Metro PCS phone store in Philadelphia. The store had repeatedly been targeted by criminals in the past, but this time the clerk had a licensed firearm and was ready to use it. Video shows the robber walk in the door, pull a pistol and toss a bag on the counter. Then the robber turns to one side, apparently either to pull a mask over his face or to take his weapon off safety, but before he can do so, the clerk swiftly draws his own weapon and begins firing. The clerk doesn’t stop shooting until he has emptied the magazine, then he grabs his cell phone from the counter and leaves the store.

Officials say no charges will be filed against the clerk.

And there is one less criminal walking the streets of Philadelphia.

According to NBC News in Philadelphia, the clerk is a Marine Reservist.

The obvious question: will The Philadelphia Inquirer investigate this, and tell us whether the deceased had a criminal record? Will they tell us whether he was legally allowed to carry that firearm? Will they tell us if the current soft-on-crime DA had let this guy walk earlier on something that should have had him behind bars yesterday?

The lovely Amanda Marcotte now resides in the City of Brotherly Love. One wonders if we’ll see an article from her in Salon telling us that the shopkeeper did not need to fire upon or kill the robber? After all, the store clerk appears to have emptied his weapon’s magazine into the armed robber, even though the criminal was down on the ground and appeared to no longer be a threat. More, it at least appears on the rather low-quality video that the store clerk is white while deceased was black.

Foul, fetid, fuming, foggy, filthy Philadelphia is afflicted with a “social justice” District Attorney in Larry Krasner. Mr Krasner, the beneficiary of a huge campaign donation by leftist billionaire George Soros, ran promising to completely overhaul the prosecutor’s office, to:

  • Stop prosecuting insufficient and insignificant cases
  • Review past convictions, free the wrongfully convicted
  • Stop cash bail imprisonment
  • Treat addiction as an illness, not a crime
  • Protect immigrants while protecting everybody
  • Reject a return to the failed drug wars of the past
  • Stand up to police misconduct

Not being a resident of the Keystone State any longer, I hadn’t paid any attention to Mr Krasner or his policies, but other people did. From Philadelphia Magazine:

The Disastrous Consequences of DA Larry Krasner’s “Reforms”

Gun-related violent crime is up in Philadelphia. That was entirely predictable when we elected a district attorney whose primary goal is releasing criminals rather than prosecuting them.

by James D Schultz | June 27, 2019 | 1:20 p.m.

It was an interesting social experiment: What happens in a major metropolitan city like Philadelphia when you elect a district attorney whose primary goal is releasing criminals rather than prosecuting them?

The results, however, were all too predictable.

Gun-related violent crime is rising in Philadelphia. The police force is demoralized. Victims of crimes, their families, and advocacy groups feel betrayed.

This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one.

I’m not certain why crime victims would feel betrayed; Mr Krasner has been doing exactly what he promised to do.

The article continues to tell the readers what Mr Krasner has done in office, and it boils down to one thing: a zealous ‘social justice warrior,’ Mr Krasner is far more concerned with criminals than their victims, of reducing the incarcerated population than protecting the citizens of Philadelphia.

Fortunately, the state legislature took some action:

Lawmakers in Pennsylvania have quietly muscled power away from reformist District Attorney Larry Krasner, passing new legislation giving authority to the state’s attorney general to prosecute certain firearms violations in Philadelphia — and nowhere else in the state. The provision will expire in two years, or just after Krasner’s first term ends.

Krasner, one of the most progressive prosecutors currently in elected office, is the only district attorney in the state whose office will be impacted by the change. The bill was passed by the Republican legislature and signed by the Democratic governor before the end of the legislative session late last month, with no public awareness. Even some of the lawmakers who voted for it say they didn’t know what was happening. “I think the vast majority of my colleagues had no idea this was included,” one state House Democratic lawmaker who voted in favor told The Intercept, acknowledging that he, too, didn’t realize the provision had been added.

The maneuver by Pennsylvania lawmakers is the most significant legislative pushback to date against the new movement by criminal justice reformers to focus on seizing the power of the prosecutor, rather than hunkering down as public defenders or lawmakers. One of the key powers of a prosecutor is to decide when to bring charges and, critically, when not to. The new law means that even if Krasner decides to exercise the latter power and not bring charges, the police could go directly to the attorney general to pursue the case regardless.

Thus far, I have not been able to find out if the now-deceased armed robber was the beneficiary of one of Mr Krasner’s light touches on dealing with criminals. The robber, who was still not publicly identified as of August 31st — the incident happened on the 26th — simply has not been covered by the Inquirer, with only four stories, basically saying the same thing, on its current search page.

Will the Inquirer do anything more on this story?  I called Robert Moran, 215-854-5983, who wrote all four stories, and got his voicemail, stating that he would be out of the office for a few weeks. The message said that I should call the City Desk, 215-854-2345, which I tried, twice, and got no answer after letting the phone ring fifteen times on each attempt; this was done around 11:05 AM today.  I tried again at 12:30 PM, EDT; still no answer.  I know that the newspaper has been in trouble, but no answer, at the City Desk?  Even though it’s Labor Day, that seems like a problem to me.

If the reporter who was on this is now away on assignment — or vacation? — it seems unlikely that the Inquirer will be covering this further.  Watch this story go down the old memory hole.
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