Robbing Gun Shops is Hazardous to your Health

Two young individuals with a reckless disregard for their own well-being woke up and decided to rob a gun shop in Collingdale, Pennsylvania. Collingdale is kind of my second home town. It’s where my parents were born, raised, where they married, and where my maternal grandmother lived until she died ten years ago. It was a small suburban borough. Still is, actually. But by the time my grandmother was getting up there in age I was concerned about the state of her neighborhood. It wasn’t dangerous, per se, but emigrants from the City were starting to turn it. I usually visited with a Glock 19 strapped to my hip, which probably would have been much to her horror if she knew. I was surprised Suburban Armory is still around, but in truth the residents there probably need them more than they did when I was growing up.

h/t to Tam for the pointer.

10 Responses to “Robbing Gun Shops is Hazardous to your Health”

  1. Zermoid says:

    Gee, who would think a gunshop owner might be armed???


  2. Ursa Ele says:

    There was an article in the Phila Inquirer a few days ago about this. That article contained more info. Anyway, the surprising thing to me is that a guy who owns a gun shop gets robbed by two guys who have at least one visible handgun presented as part of the crime, and the gun shop owner fires one shot, just one shot, and he missed. You’d think that he would have practice-drilled how to defend himself and his shop so many times that it would have been imbedded into his subconscious by the time of that robbery. And, included in that should have been mastery of hitting what one is aiming at with distances likely to be encountered if his store is robbed. I am not trying to blame the victim, the shop owner, and it is good that no one was hurt and no one was killed including the criminals. But it is surprising to learn that apparently a criminal can enter a gun store, point a gun at the clerk/owner and have a reasonable chance of going on living. Very surprising, indeed.

    Plus, this shop had been broken into and burglarized by young teenagers before, one of whom was 11 years old. You’d think that the owner might take his safety seriously enough to train. I guess not. One shot? WTF.

    • Merle says:

      It’s not surprising they lived – it’s disappointing. We’ve got way too many punks walking around these days. But then again, I’m pretty harsh about crime & punishment!


    • Zermoid says:

      ‘guniuses’ should be geniuses, but given the subject still might be correct.

  3. Zermoid says:

    Nice pic of store here, looking at the pic makes me wonder why they didn’t just wait til night and smash in one of those big windows…..
    I see bars on the door, but nothing is evident on the window.
    Are the windows barred too?

  4. Matt says:

    I’d be worried about this…

    “The other teen was arrested behind a trolley stop, covered in mud and sweating profusely. Police say they recovered the burqas, a backpack with duct tape and other evidence between the Suburban Armory and the trolley stop….”

    Sounds to me there is possibility these winners had plans for the gun shop owner as part of their robbery.

  5. Asdf says:

    If I owned a gun shop, I would have an electric door latch and would refuse entry to any “youths”. Problem solved.

  6. Zermoid says:

    There was a gunshop in NJ that had a self-locking door, you had to be buzzed in to come in or to leave as well. One idiot was actually still dumb enuf to try to rob them once, he wasn’t too happy when he couldn’t get away from the owner and his big gun.