Here's a link to the story with video. Man shopping for coffee creamer at Walmart attacked by vigilante for carrying gun he was legally permitted to have | Tampa Bay Times
Michael Foster - Vigilante
Clarence Daniels - Law abiding CHL holder
This moron (Foster) tried to be a hero and got himself arrested. He sees a man with a gun (Daniels) and follows him into the store, tackling him with other people, including children around. Foster didn't call 911. He didn't alert anyone in the store. He also waited for the guy to actually enter the store. Perhaps he wanted his heroics on camera as a memento.
Well, he got his memento alright. He yells that Daniels has a gun which brought others to help subdue Daniels. Daniels yells that he has a permit to no avail. Sherriff's department arrive and verify Daniels was a legal CHL holder. Foster gets a mug shot.
Now Daniels is a 62 year old man, and Foster is 43. It makes me wonder if he thought it would be easy to take down Daniels and be a hero. I also wonder if he would have attacked a younger man. He gave no thought to who Daniels might have been. Regardless of appearance he could have been. . . An off duty police officer? A judge? Any number of local, state or federal employees that normally carry, even off duty? He got off lucky in that 1. nobody was injured, and 2. he ONLY attacked a citizen.
So, it appears that instead of the public needing to be scared of all of us CHL holders, we need to worry about crazy vigilantes that notice we are armed.
The problem is most of the non-carrying public have no idea how to handle an unexpected situation. I know some CHL holders get their license and that's it. But most I talk to at least put some thought into it. There really needs to be some type of training for citizens on how to handle various situations. Not just violence related either. I can't tell you how often I've seen it happen. Unexpected incident brings about either panic, stunned disbelief, or just plain stupidity. This guy apparently took time to plot out his heroic deed. Really that's just a nice way of saying this guy was just plain stupid.