Violent criminals don’t stop being violent criminals because you are cooperative. Mayor, police pledge more officers near Busch Stadium after shooting : News
Christopher Sanna had parked at the Old Cathedral parking lot and was walking to his car. According to police, two men in a dark-colored sedan drove up to Sanna and his girlfriend. The driver got out with a gun and demanded their belongings. The woman gave the gunman her purse, and the couple turned to run away. That’s when the gunman fired several shots in their direction, hitting Sanna in the back.
It isn’t the only case of a shooting that occurred AFTER the victims gave the robbers what they wanted.
Cooperating with criminals is a strategy. The thinking goes, “If you give them what they want, they will leave you alone.” That it is wrong is proven by this tragedy. (They never bring up the subject of rape under this “cooperate” idea…)
To my way of thinking there are better ways to deal with violence.
Of course given that they were just leaving a major sporting event at huge arena, they were probably disarmed “for their own good” by the authorities. (Can’t have weapons at sporting events!) So of course, that makes the surrounding area a “Gun Free Zone” or more accurately, a defenseless-victim zone. (The bad guys were not disarmed somehow.)
A gun may not have saved this guy; there are no guarantees in this life save death and next winter’s snows. But handing over property and then running away was also not a wining strategy. (hat tip: John Lott)