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Howard Nemerov


February 13, 2011 - 6:59 am

Last week, four Wal-Mart employees were fired for potentially saving lives.

Long-time employees of Wal-Mart’s Layton, Utah, store had apprehended a suspected shop lifter. After taking him to an office and relieving him of his swag, he became aggressive upon hearing the police were coming for him. He pulled out a handgun and threatened them if they didn’t let him go.

They responded reasonably by using physical force to restrain and disarm him, potentially saving not only their own lives but the lives of innocent shoppers. Even the police reported that they acted appropriately, considering the suspect was armed and threatening to shoot.

Wal-Mart corporate was only concerned that the employees violated company policy by not disengaging and retreating. (Can anybody run faster than a speeding bullet?)

Apparently, Wal-Mart expects employees to die in order to uphold company policy.

(Good video coverage on tap, too.)

Former civilian disarmament supporter and medical researcher Howard Nemerov investigates the civil liberty of self-defense and examines the issue of gun control, resulting in his book Four Hundred Years of Gun Control: Why Isn’t It Working? He appears frequently on NRA News as their “unofficial” analyst and was published in the Texas Review of Law and Politics with David Kopel and Carlisle Moody.
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