ear-old Devin McCLean was locking up one night at his job, an Autozone in York County, Virginia, a few days before Thanksgiving, when an armed robber came in demanding money. McClean, an Air Force veteran, snuck out the side door to his car, returned with a Glock and the robber took off- all lives were spared.
Everybody got to go home; sounds like a good ending, right? Not for McClean who was fired two days later for violating company policy regarding firearms.
And just like that, I became a Napa Auto Parts man.
McClean quite possibly saved his coworker’s life. In fact, given that he could leave the building undetected, it is a sincere act of bravery for McClean to actually re-enter the line of fire to fend off the would-be robber. And how was his bravery rewarded? With a pink slip before the holidays. Shameful.
“I was in fear of my life as soon as he walked through the door and I see the gun. Your heart just starts pounding.
I waited for him to go up toward the front, I ran out of the restroom, ran out to my truck where I keep my own personal weapon, grabbed my weapon, came back into the store and confronted the guy.
When I yelled ‘freeze’ and I said, ‘Stop, drop the weapon,’ he threw his hands up with his gun still in his hand he started running. I felt like it was my responsibility to step in.
It’s pretty much getting slapped in the face doing something that you feel was right everybody else around you feels you were right. If I can save somebody’s life, I put that way above a store policy.”
But wait a minute; I thought Bob Costas and Jason Whitlock assured us that handguns do not enhance safety. Strange…
This is precisely what is wrong with anti-gun hysteria. Nobody is questioning how the robber obtained a gun, they’re only concerned with the law-abiding firearm user. What makes this so vexing is that the only one being punished in this equation is not the robber, but the employee who exercised his God-given right to self-defense.
As some may recall, my advocacy for personal firearm ownership and carrying was firmly reaffirmed the day my best friend took my shift at the coffee stand at which both he and I worked. That night, an armed robber came in, demanded money, and once he had the money, demanded that my friend turn around. Convinced he would be executed, my friend rapidly drew a handgun and shot the robber dead before getting into a gunfight with the accomplice who then fled.
My friend was lucky to not have been shot, but he was also lucky that the community came together to demand that he not be fired- which he was not.
Let’s make it clear that Autozone (and any other companies watching) must amend their “zero tolerance” policies if they wish for us to continue patronizing their business.
Call and tell them that you stand with McClean. The biggest name I could get is Tim Goddard in the Seattle corporate office- (253) 815-1254