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Man Fired For Acting In Self-Defense

October 17, 2013


For those employed as convenience store clerks,  the threat of a robbery is always a concern. Shannon Cothran, who works at a gas  station in Nashua, N.H., said he knew it was “just a matter of time” before he  was face-to-face with an armed criminal.

Citing a sting of robberies in the area, he  decided to prepare  himself for such an eventuality by bringing a firearm to work with him. That  forethought paid off recently when a masked man entered his store and threatened  him with a knife.

Cothran immediately drew his weapon to diffuse  the situation, noting that he was thinking only about getting out alive to see  his family.

According to his account, along with footage  captured by the store’s security cameras, the intruder waved his knife at  Cothran before spotting the gun.

“He just said, ‘Alright, alright,’ and backed  off and made his way out the door,” he said.

The 10-year employee, who was licensed to carry  the weapon, was applauded by local law enforcement for his quick thinking. His  employer, on the other hand, was not impressed.

Informing Cothan that he was in violation of  the company’s no-firearm policy, instead of giving him a warning and a  much-deserved pat on the back, his employer promptly handed him a pink slip.

Though he is now embarking on an unexpected job  search, he is sticking by his decision to act in the face of danger.

“I would rather find a new job than either be  in a hospital bed or in a coffin,” he reasoned.

This nation’s current preoccupation with  restricting gun rights is evident in various capacities. In this circumstance,  however, the company is basically mandating that its employees be nothing more  than sitting ducks in the event of a robbery.

Such shortsighted zero-tolerance policies  ostensibly exist to reduce the threat of violence. In reality, they ignore the  countless instances — including this one — during which a person with a firearm  is able to gain control of a situation without firing a shot.

Even the criminal, who is still at large, left  the scene unscathed. Furthermore, the convenience store lost no money or  merchandise.

As a reward for his heroism, though, Cothan  finds himself out of a job.

Hopefully, as word of his actions spread, he  will find a position that will reward him for his decisive action. It might even  prompt his former employer to re-examine its employee handbook.

Credit To:  The Western Center For Journalism

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