“The man, 47, told police he was walking home from the store with an 18-pack of Busch Light beer in hand when he noticed two teenage boys, both 16, following him,” charlotteobserver.com observes. “One of the boys brandished a gun, police say, and told the man to ‘give it up.’ When he heard the boy chamber a round in the gun, he grabbed the boy’s arm, took out a pocket knife [not shown] and swung the knife at the boy.” As we discussed at The Truth About Knives, a “ballistic cut” (i.e. slashing) is not your ideal self-defense technique. But as Voltaire said (and Barack Obama repeated ad nauseam, nauseatingly enough) you can’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good. Especially when you’re facing armed enemies. And so . . .
The man said the boy hit him several times with the handgun before he fled with the other teen, the report states. Police found the discarded 18-pack of beer on the ground, while EMS treated the man, who said he could positively identify his attackers if police found them.
That’s when officers received a call that one of the teens was at the hospital with a cut on his hand, the report states. Police spoke with both boys, who denied any involvement in the incident.
A detective photographed them and showed their pictures to the victim, who was also treated at the hospital. The man identified the boys as his attackers, the report said.
Police charged the boys, one of them a Rock Hill resident and the other one from Charlotte, with armed robbery, criminal conspiracy and possession of a pistol by a person under 18.
As we’ve said many times, always maintain situational awareness. Carry a gun, knife, flashlight, pepper spray, something, anything, whatever.
If you don’t have a “proper” weapon or you lose it in the fog of war, adapt, improvise, overcome. Oh, and for God’s sake, drink real beer. Life is too short to down even a single can of Busch Light, never mind 18 of them. Just sayin’ . . .