Thursday, October 17, 2013

NH:Company seems to shoot self in foot by firing armed employee

One way or the other, we suspect life is about to change for the man who brought a firearm to his job at a Shell convenience store in Nashua over the holiday weekend. 

It turns out that Shannon “Bear” Cothran used his legally-concealed handgun to scare off a would-be robber who entered the store at 301 Main St. early Monday morning, threatened Cothran with a knife and told him to empty the cash register.

 The bandit fled the store when Cothran pulled out his gun, a Ruger LCP 380 handgun.

It kind of reminds us of the “you-call-that-a-knife” scene in the movie “Crocodile Dundee,” but what happened next is not funny, even if it does turn Cothran into something of a celebrity among gun-rights activists. 

His employer for the past 10 years, Nouria Energy, fired him for bringing a gun to work.

We wouldn’t encourage convenience store clerks and those who work at Dunkin’ Donuts and other establishments targeted by robbers to bring guns to work. But we can understand why those who work the night shift, especially, might at least think about it, given the frequency with which holdups have happened in the region recently.

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