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ONLY ON 3: Victimized store clerk gets shooting lessons

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- You may remember the Wrightsville Country Store clerk who shot a robber in November. Having had no experience with a gun, the store's owner thought it would be a good idea to get Mark Headstrong some training.

“A gun in a person's hand that is not trained is really more dangerous than somebody trying to rob you,” said Matt Rhodes, a concealed carry instructor in Wilmington.

Storeowner Musa Agil gave his employees guns and now he is paying for them all to get properly trained.

“I think we owe it to them, said Agil. “We owe it to them to give them the tools to protect themselves, not only that but to give them the proper training to use those tools.”

“It's an amazing experience to learn how to hold a gun and handle it,” said Headstrong.

The Wrightsville Country Store isn't the only Wilmington business taking this extra step to protect themselves.

“A lot of people have come to me that own businesses from restaurants, to taxi cab drivers, to people that own convenient stores, because they feel at any time they could be robbed,” said Rhodes.

Headstrong says the training has given him the confidence so that next time he finishes the job.

“I'm going to shoot to kill and not to feel mercy on him or whoever,” he said.

With so many armed robberies in Wilmington, Agil says employees should be able to defend themselves.

“I don't think you really want your employees to be sitting ducks and helpless and defenseless,” he said. “I think it would be a major mistake”.

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What We desperatley Need

Is more trained clerks to kill a few of these punks. The cops can not be everywhere. A few dead scumbags would make a point. Stick a gun in my face, be prepared to die.

Need More

Gun sales are at an all time high, so are concealed carry permits. Robbers and thugs beware because people are tired of being victems. Police cannot be everywhere everytime. The wild west days were safer than the streets today. A new police chief would not improve the situation.
Has the previous guest ever been robbed or had a family member shot/killed. I guess he'd fuss (if he survived) that the police were not there at the moment of it happening. Get real buddy! The more of us that "pack" (legally), the less the crooks are going to mess with people in this area. Maybe they'll move to safer cities for them to ply their trade like Washington and NY.

Good point

Both Washington D.C. and Chicago both basically outlaw private ownership of guns yet both cities have high murder rates. The end result is law abiding citizens follow the law and don't own a weapon while the criminal keeps his weapon.
Project Exile should be implemented nation wide where any felon caught in possession of a firearm will serve 5 years federal time.

Convenience Store Owners

"so convenience store owners are now training armed mercenaries to do battle on our streets?"

>No...convenience store owners are now training their employees to kill would-be robbers, thugs, and thieves. "would-be robbers, thugs, and thieves...has a nice ring to it. Remember the song by Cher..."gypsies, tramps, and thieves"...sing along..."would-be robbers, thugs, and thieves..."

It's American

How is it being a mercenary to defend your life? It's the good old basic American right to bear arms as stated in the Bill of Rights and the US Constitution.

Isn't it better to have someone trained in how to use a weapon to defend their life, versus someone just firing wildly at a robber? As wild as the streets are getting these days, it's just common sense to learn how to defend yourself. Why blame the police chief for some *sshole trying to rob and kill a convenience clerk? The blame should fall on the perpetrator.

I would be surprised if you've ever even been to Mexico, but you're certainly welcome to visit. I wouldn't go there though without a weapon to defend yourself.