Skip to comments.Elderly Man Saves a Cafe Full of People By Shooting Gun-Wielding Robbers; NBC, CBS Skip
Posted on 07/18/2012 2:17:50 PM PDT by Kaslin
All three evening newscasts on Tuesday and two out of the three morning shows on Wednesday skipped the dramatic story of an elderly Florida man who saved a cafe full of people from gun-wielding robbers. Only Good Morning America covered the story of seventy-one-year-old Samuel Williams using his own weapon fend off attackers.
News reader Josh Elliot lauded the "gun-toting senior citizen" for his quick action and for "not taking it anymore." Co-host George Stephanopoulos narrated the video: "There he is right there. Takes them on. Saves the whole cafe." Elliott praised it as "remarkable." He misleadingly described, "Williams does have a gun license and is not expected to be charged." [See video below. MP3 audio here.
Elderly Man Saves a Cafe Full of People By Shooting Gun-Wielding Robbers; Only ABC Notes
However, Florida is a "shall issue" state. It's the carrying of the concealed weapon that requires a permit, not a "gun license" to own one.
Stephanopoulos offered a snarky quip after the segment ended, critiquing the old man: "And what a uniform. Bermuda shorts and a golf cap."
CBS This Morning, NBC's Today, as well as World News, Evening News and Nightly News all ignored the story.
A 2000 study by the Media Research Center found:
Morning News Shows Favored the Anti-Gun Position by 13 to 1. More than half of morning news gun policy segments (208) tilted away from balance. Of those segments, 93 percent (193) pushed the liberal, anti-gun position, while only six percent (15) promoted the pro-gun position. ABC’s Good Morning America (92 to 1) was the most biased morning show.
News Programs Are Twice as Likely to Use Anti-Gun Soundbites. Anti-gun soundbites were twice as frequent as pro-gun ones—412 to 209. (Another 471 were neutral.)
A transcript of the July 18 segment can be found below:
GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: Look at this stunning moment caught on tape. Two robbers go in to hold up an internet café and what a surprise they got. A 71-year-old man steps in, pulls out his own gun. There he is right there. Takes them on. Saves the whole café. We'll have all of that in just a little while.
ROBIN ROBERTS: He wasn't going to take it anymore.
JOSH ELLIOTT: And a brazen hold up in Florida didn't exactly go off as planned, again, thanks to one gun-toting senior citizen. Look at the surveillance video. Again, we just saw it, but two armed robberies storming an internet cafe. Watch the back right of your screen. Seventy-one-year-old Samuel Williams is not taking that anymore. Pulls his own gun, takes aim and would save the day. The suspects actually made a run for it. They were hit twice as they flee out the door. The suspects later arrested. We should put out, Williams does have a gun license and is not expected to be charged. Remarkable.
STEPHANOPOULOS: And what a uniform. Bermuda shorts and a golf cap.
Not when they are armed with a gun. They can turn and fire at any moment. They cease to be a threat only when they are down and out or out of range.
Got a valid point, there. A NIC like that could foment some REALLY bad times in the pokey.
Sorry. When they come into the business wielding guns threatening people with an armed robbery, they surrendered all their rights on the spot. I don’t give a damn if they run or not. For all he knew, they might be positioning themselves for another attempt. I have no sympathy for them whatsoever and great latitude should be given to the one defending. We have had far too much of this kind of thing happen in this country, and it is time to take our country back from the lawless.
Especially if the thug still had his gun.
He was still a threat. Period.
Previous coverage of the incident indicated that the Good Guy got off four aimed shots, and achieved four hits on perpflesh.
Good shooting! Too bad it was only a .380 ...
Been there, done that, multiples,SEMPER FI
To put a finer point on that: the guy’s footwork was great and he used both hands on the gun, never taking it out of his line of sight. No one was going to get at his gun. My only criticism was that he should have had a more powerful piece-——looked like a 22, and allowed the dumbasses to get thru the door!
I didn’t see the dumbasses drop either the bat or the gat. Until they disarm themselves, once threatened, you can shoot them in back, head, butt, foot, nose, ear,——whatever it takes to stop the threat. Different deal if they surrender but until they do they are multidirectional targets.——Ask a cop.
How do two guys who committed armed robbery make bail the same day?!!!
Does this judge have a brain?!!!
Yes, it was a bit like watching a Special Ops team go through a practice run. Very focused and no hesitation or “warning”. Unfortunately, with CCW there are compromises to be made among caliber, weight, concealment, and other factors. A seventy something can’t necessarily handle the recoil of a small .40 or .45 as well as a twenty something. A good friend of mine in his sixties just went through months of trial in finding the right weapons for him and his wife who has had thumb joint reconstruction. But I think you’d agree that this man got close to 100% out of the tool he had at hand.
I traded this
Not the best trade I ever made.
The word probably doesn’t belong in your sentence.
No “bigger guns” meaning more lethal if the hero gets a visit at home from the 2 perps or perhaps their associates or even the gang behind their possible initiation gone wrong, now that his name is in the media. Was there a getaway car, was another accompliance at the wheel? etc. I don’t depend on press hacks to give details, and they gave the hero’s name. Snitches affiliated with gangs in police departments can leak his address as well. Hero should assume nothing and carry the fishing rod case around for awhile. No it wouldn’t carry fishing rods.
That picture is so full of awesome! It shows the old guy shooting the perps and the fact that the Boy Scouts still aren’t allowing homos!
My favorite part is near the end as they fall all over themselves in their mad scurry to get out the door.