We here at LwC are big fans of “good guys with guns” stories (see Thanks 2nd Amendment: 65-year-old Granny Shoots Mugger and Masked Robber Terrified by 80-Year Old Grandpa with Gun…), if for no reason than to combat leftist, anti-gun dribble. While the two linked stories I just mentioned involved some older Americans, this story features some Pokemon GO whipper-snappers. If you think those players were the victims, what with their dedicated focus to their game… brace yourself for a plot twist.
Shortly after 4 a.m., a group of six people were at a public park east of downtown playing the popular smartphone game, which sends players to physical locations to “catch” virtual Pokemon characters.
Police said an armed man and the young driver drove up to the group in an SUV and demanded their possessions at gunpoint. One of the Pokemon players who has a concealed weapons permit drew his own gun and the two sides exchanged fire.
Who saw this coming? The would-be robber probably thought Pokemon GO players are easier targets than say…well anyone. A lot of those players are so engrossed in their games, they harm themselves by walking into things, if not driving into police cruisers. If a group of players like that is prone to self-induced concussions, why not rob them? Therein lies the problem with groupthink: this gaggle of GOers was having none of it.
One person in the Pokemon group was shot once in the stomach and taken to the hospital. Meltzer said it’s unclear if that person shot is also the player who had his own gun but that the group of local players knew each other.
The man believed to be the suspect also was treated at the hospital for a gunshot wound. How he got to the hospital is not clear, but a matching SUV was found there.
“How he got to the hospital is not clear…?” Methinks the gunman drove the car to the hospital, what with the matching SUV found there. How is this hard?
Sorry, got a little distracted with that stellar reporting.
Criminals, let this be a game-changing lesson for you. Best not to rob people, even Pokemon GO players. You never know when one of them drops their iPhone long enough to drop you. Also, gamers might have pretty good hand-eye coordination. Just as an FYI.
Here’s the part where we lavish praise on the right to own a firearm. Imagine how much different this story would’ve been had these GOers been armed only with their digital Poke Balls and enthusiasm? Could be someone would’ve caught more than a Charmander. But no, someone among the group of GOers leveled up to a gun. Well done, sir.
Speaking of guns, make sure you get some facts straight if you think the above story needs more “common sense” gun control (LOL at you!).