Christmas present comes in handy:
A teen trying to rob an espresso stand in northern Idaho met his match in a gun-toting barista.
Police say the 17-year-old confronted Sunshine Espresso owner Michelle Cornelson with a gun Wednesday morning, demanding all her money.
Plans, however, often don’t survive first contact with the enemy. This victim was armed with a Kel-Tec her husband had given her for Chirstmas. Robbers hate that sort of thing, so he ran. He was quickly caught.
Those watching things closely may have noticed a trend:
These are all from the past two or three days and aren’t simply re-runs of AP items in different papers. All of these have considerable, if not exclusively, local content. I could easily have included many, many more.
No doubt, the media coverage is feeding the flames a bit. As is the fact that hunting seasons are kicking off or underway in most states right now. But the trend is unmistakable.
It doesn’t seem to be localized to the bitter, clingy parts of the nation. Or to the red states.
The effort to clarify which entities can can cannot pass their own gun regulations is moving ahead in Idaho, but the ban on universities and colleges from declaring their own “gun-free zones” has been dropped from the bill.
Bill Could Allow Concealed Weapons at Colleges
On Thursday, the Senate State Affairs Committee scheduled a hearing for Senate Bill 1381. The bill was drafted by a group of Idaho college students after last year’s shooting rampage at Virginia Tech that left more than 30 people dead.
The idea behind the bill is to give students a chance to protect themselves against this type of on-campus violence.
Via Great Blue Whale.
Meanwhile, Sear and Hammer points out the rational, measured response of the Idaho State Journal:
The Journal’s editorial board argues that the police and campus security should be enough to save students from a mad marauder who is bent on mass murder. The fresh bodies in the morgue in Louisiana prove differently. Universities and police departments have been on high-alert since Virginia Tech and yet, despite all their planning, they still cannot magically appear to stop a lunatic who is slaughtering fellow students. All they can do is secure the scene and draw chalk lines.