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On May 19, 2009, a pharmacist is confronted by two holdup men at a drug store.
The pharmacist pulls out a gun and shoots one of the robbers once in the head. He then proceeds to chase the other holdup man away.
All of the action is caught on a surveillance camera behind the drugstore counter.
After chasing one of the robbers away, the pharmacist goes behind the counter to get another gun. News reports indicate the wounded robber is unconscious on the floor and unarmed.
You are the pharmacist. What do you do?
The district attorney has filed a charge of first-degree murder against 57-year old Jerome Ersland, a former Air Force lieutenant colonel and disabled Gulf War veteran who wears a back brace on the job.
After chasing away one of the assailants, Ersland gets another gun behind the counter and shoots five more times into the abdomen of the robber on the floor.
Ersland is now free on $100,000 bail, courtesy of an anonymous donor and has received a cult hero’s backing. He could face the death penalty if convicted.
From one of the news accounts:
”His adrenaline was going. You're just thinking of survival,” said John Paul Hernandez, 60, a retired Defense Department employee who grew up in the neighborhood. “All it was is defending your employee, business and livelihood. If I was in that position and that was me, I probably would have done the same thing.”
The district attorney, David Prater has been all over the map on this case.
“District Attorney David Prater said Ersland was justified in shooting 16-year-old Antwun Parker once in the head, but not in firing the additional shots into his belly. The prosecutor said the teenager was unconscious, unarmed, lying on his back and posing no threat when Ersland fired what the medical examiner said were the fatal shots.”
Prater has done his best Tasmanian Devil imitation, doing his damndest to sit on the fence.
Remember, Prater has charged Ersland with first degree murder. However, he also asked the judge to let Ersland, who is out on bail, have a gun at work.
Though Prater admits his request “sounds crazy,” he contends that under the law, Prater has the right to defend himself and others at the pharmacy and that he is worried other criminals will now realize it’s “open season” at the pharmacy if Ersland is on the job and he is armed.
Of course, you dimwit, criminals will think twice about walking into the pharmacy armed with the knowledge that an armed Ersland might be on duty. More from a news account:
“Prater said the pharmacist would not be in court if the two robbers had not come into the drugstore. The judge said, ‘Then, why did you charge him, Mr. Prater?’ The district attorney replied that Ersland went too far. A clearly irritated Prater also told the judge, ‘I’m the one who filed the charge so my butt’s on the line.’”
Yes it is, Mr. Prater.
Let this be a message to the criminals in 48 states that have made the right decision to allow carrying concealed weapons. Listen, you punk, if you walk into a store with the intent of robbing and possibly even killing anyone inside, someone inside might be packing and you might be dead. Got it?
Ersland is alive today and so are his co-workers because he took the action he did. The liberals are always talking about the need for a level playing field. Guess what? The playing field was level this time, and the crooks lost.
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