Illustration of responsibility of firearm owners
A while back, I mention Clayton Cramer's discussion of how gun owners were likely to be too responsible rather than too triggerhappy (in the context of a CCW permit holder who had a shot at the Tacoma Mall shooter but was reluctant to take it).
This morning's Arizona Daily Star has a local story along the same lines, showing what must approach superhuman restraint.
A fellow stole a shotgun from Frontier Guns, ran out with it and dove into his car. The store owner pursued, pistol in hand. The thief drove the car into him and the owner wound up on the hood, holding the gun pointing at him thru the windshield as the car pulled into traffic. Eventually he got dumped into the street, and police tracked down the thief.
"The armed owner of the gun shop chased after him, but Lange tried to run down the store owner with his car, he said. The store owner got on the hood, holding on with one hand and pointing a gun through the windshield with the other, witnesses told police.
Lange swerved onto East Grant Road, dropping the owner into the street and pulling out in front of traffic, witnesses told police. The owner, face bloodied, walked back to his shop as Lange sped off.
Police said one of the witnesses followed Lange.
Officers caught up with Lange at his home a few blocks away ...."
I dunno if the shop owner was loathe to fire because he didn't want to kill a guy over a matter of property theft, or because the store is on a heavily-travelled street where misses and ricochets would be especially dangerous. Whatever it was, holding fire while the guy tries to run you over and then exits with you on the hood does seem like truly exceptional restraint. Note also that a witness -- probably a gun store customer -- reacted, not with a Rambo routine, but by following the guy's car until he stopped, and then bringing in the police.