A Pizza Hut restaurant in Charlotte, North Carolina has an employee to thank for not only stopping an armed robbery at the location but for taking out a bad guy who would have gone on to terrorize other citizens.

According to CBS News, the attempted robbery happened just before 2 a.m. on Sunday morning near Interstate 85 in west Charlotte. Three armed men entered the closed store and began robbing the place but were met by an employee who used his personal handgun to shoot and kill one of the robbers later identified as 28-year-old Michael Renard Grace. The two other thieves ran away and have yet to be caught. The dead suspect’s gun was recovered by police at the scene.

Pizza Hut corporate released a statement in full support of the local franchisee and said: “the security of its staff is of the utmost concern.” The employee was placed on a leave of absence pending further review.

Here’s another idea: throw him a giant thank-you party. It’s Americans like him who under the full authority of the Constitution defend property and their safety by removing an armed criminal from society so he can’t hurt somebody else. Perhaps a raise or a bonus is in order since the robbers didn’t make away with any cash. I imagine the employee needs a couple of days to process the seriousness of what happened, but a giant “welcome back” check should be waiting upon his return.

There’s no better case for the Second Amendment than a story like this.

About The Author

Mark was a co-founder of the Tea Party Patriots, and served as the national coordinator. He left the organization to work more broadly on expanding the self-governance movement beyond the partisan divide. Mark appears regularly on television in outlets as diverse as MSNBC, ABC, NBC, Fox News, CNN, Bloomberg, Fox Business and the BBC. He’s highly sought after for the tea party perspective from print and electronic media outlets, from the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, L.A. Times, Washington Examiner, Politico and the The Hill. Mark blogs at MarkMeckler.com, and his opinion editorials regularly run in many of the leading political newspapers both on and offline. Mark has a BA in English from San Diego State University and graduated with honors from University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law in 1988. He practiced real estate and business law for almost a decade. For the last eleven years of his legal career he specialized in Internet advertising law. When not fighting for the future of our nation, Mark is an avid horseman, and lives in rural northern California with his wife Patty and two children.

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