A Kroger manager who fatally shot a would-be robber in a Northwestside store in December voluntarily quit Wednesday, but not before saying he thinks companies should allow employees to carry firearms if they are licensed and trained in their use….”I do not take pride in the incident that occurred, but I am grateful that I had the option to protect myself and others,” Elliott said. “I hope my situation will cause American corporations to re-evaluate their policies. While I don’t want people who are untrained and unlicensed to carry firearms, I firmly believe that responsible and lawful gun owners are a natural deterrent to crime.”
He said he did not regret his decision to carry and conceal his handgun at work but had hoped he wouldn’t have to use it for protection….”I am looking forward to starting a new chapter in my life,” he said. “I hope that my character and management experience with Kroger will make me a desirable candidate for future employers.”
I wish him well. There are LOTS of employers who would accept him (given that his work history is good…and given that he’s held that position for a number of years I suspect it is) I know a few years back a local 7-Eleven was robbed and the clerk shot the robber. He was fired because 7-Eleven has a policy against lawfully held guns (the fact that 7-Eleven’s are constantly robbed, points to no such policy against ILLEGAL guns), but the clerk was hired shortly after his termination by a competing independent convenient store, and that store told every paper who would listen that they hired the guy who shoots robbers.
That store has NEVER been robbed.
So Levi Elliott, I appreciate your willingness to defend your fellow man from violent monsters, and I wish you well in your future endeavors.