The anti-gun laws and the anti-gun leadership in VA were felt by one gun owner recently, and what happened to that gun owner who was defending himself should be criminal. This is also a story that should be felt by anyone who supports the 2nd Amendment.
According to the reports, an employee at a local Arlington, VA store was awakened in the early A.M. hours by three masked individuals who broke in. The employee was also reportedly living in the store in large part due to the COVID-19 concerns.
It is also worth noting how our gun-wielding employee was awakened. These three masked suspects, in those quiet AM hours, decided to come in through the front window – apparently assuming the store would be empty. That breaking glass, as the residents above the store stated, sounded like something a “car smashing into the store.”
Can you picture that? You finished your shift, locked up the shop, maybe grabbed a bite to eat and settled in for a movie on your preferred viewing devices. It is much after that point that you find yourself in la-la land, dreaming of some sunny… BAM – CRASH – THUD!
Now, you aren’t only awake, you are panic-stricken, right? The next thing you would probably hear is the footsteps and maybe a voice or two out in the store’s main lobby… now what? The what our employee chose this night was the firearm he had to protect himself and the store where he worked.
That is what he did, successfully. The aftermath was one victim who was seriously but not fatally struck while the other two suspects and would-be thieves escaped on foot. This story has all the makings of another gun owner who saved the day, then it takes a hard and ugly turn.
As one story reporting on this unnerving situation shared, citing the Arlington County Police Department: “Following consultation with the Commonwealth’s Attorney’s Office, the employee, Hamzeh Abushariah, 33, of Washington D.C. was charged with Malicious Wounding, Reckless Handling of a Firearm and Violation of a Protective Order. He is being held without bond.”
That’s right, he was charged, not with one but several crimes. Then he was arrested, booked, and incarcerated in the local jail. And… he was denied the opportunity to post bond.
Apparently, we don’t have all the details, right? Wrong. This is exactly how the report released from the ACPD sounded: “The preliminary investigation indicates that three subjects forced entry into a business and began stealing cash and merchandise. An employee inside a secure backroom heard the break-in, retrieved a firearm, opened the door to the sales floor and discharged the weapon, striking one juvenile subject.”
These are the facts. A break-in, a robbery attempt, and the use of a firearm to protect and defend yourself. These are also the facts, the man who did that is now being held in jail without bond. Here is another fact, our employee also faces 20 plus years of incarceration based on those charges.
It is sad, that a juvenile was involved in such activities, that as a result a young person was shot. What it isn’t, is Mr. Abushariah’s fault. This employee didn’t make this child rob a store. He didn’t make the decision for this youth to break-in. All he did, in fact, was protect the store and himself.
Then, as if to add insult to injury, while charges were quickly filed against Mr. Abushariah, there have yet to be any charges filed against the three people who broke in and attempted to rob the store. But this crazy gun touting employee who dared to use his weapon in defense – got the book?
It is no secret and he has made no effort to make it a secret, that he is coming for gun owners and coming to take our gun rights. And this case is only evidence that Governor Ralph Northam is succeeding. Under this kind of leadership, we can’t have, own, or even use guns – even if we are attacked or robbed.
Can you feel that?