A small sign of renewed American freedom has been noticed in Spokane, Washington. Jitterz Java was robbed twice in February of this year. On March 16th, an armed robber was run off by an armed employee. As noted in the above image, at least one barista believes in the deterrent effect of open carry.
The owner, Sara Chapel has taken steps to reduce her losses. From spokesman.com:
The recent string of violence has owner Sara Chapel fed up. “The way I’ve been scheduling the girls is that at least one girl who carries a gun is always on shift,” she said. The women will carry their own personal handguns that they’ve been trained to use.
Chapel has encouraged all of her employees to seek firearms training.
It only took a few minutes for the police to arrive in the previous two robberies, but that was long enough for the robber to get away.
Firearms are displayed with positive results far more often than they are fired. The ratio of display to firing a shot is likely 20 to 1. Most criminals do not want to get into a gun fight or risk being shot. They will look for easier prey.
With this publicity, Jitterz Java will be an interesting test case. I predict they will not be robbed in the next year.
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