After we published the story of a clerk who shot and killed a robber who holding him up at gunpoint, the emails started flooding in. It all began when we reported that the family of the armed robber said the clerk shouldn’t have had a gun, suggesting he “murdered” their “innocent relative”.
“Your article about the store clerk who shot a man really upset me. If you think that it’s justice to allow a man to bring a gun to work and take an innocent life then you have to figure out what direction your life is going. He should go to jail.”
The emails called for rallies… and for the firing and prosecution of the clerk.
“Justice for roosevelt! that store worker needs to be fired!”
Keyboard warriors came out in full force:
“Do you all honestly think that the dollar store clerk should get to keep his job after killing a man? Guns need to be banned and police need to focus on real crime instead of going after people that are just trying to get by. Get real.”
First, a little context. After the details about exactly what happened, you’ll see why the CEO of another company is offering the clerk a totally different job.
The family of a 23-year old Ohio man who was shot and killed while trying to rob a Dollar General store at gun point is on a warpath.
Roosevelt Rappley entered the Dayton-area store, produced a firearm and starting demanding money. One of the store clerks was a concealed carry permit holder and was legally armed. Once the suspect pointed his weapon at this clerk, he drew his own weapon and fired, striking the subject in the chest.
Rappley returned fire, hitting no one, before stumbling outside and collapsing. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
The clerk placed a 9-1-1 call.
“He pointed a gun at me,” the caller said. “I had a firearm on me. I pulled my firearm and I shot him in self-defense.”
According to police, witnesses confirmed that the assailant pointed his weapon at the clerk, prompting him to draw and fire, fearing for his life.
Shortly after the failed robbery attempt, two members of Rappley’s family spoke with reporters outside the store where he was shot and killed. Their thoughts: it is the fault of the clerk for being legally armed and acting in self-defense.
Rappley’s sister went on record as saying that even though her brother was wrong…it was all the clerk’s fault. Here is what she said:
“He’s got some responsibility, but not all. [Right is] right and wrong is wrong. That was wrong for that clerk to shoot my brother in the chest. Yes, he’s robbing them. OH, WELL (emphasis by the speaker)! Call the police, that’s what you’re supposed to do. You’re not supposed to take matters into your own hands.”
Actually, that is the very definition of self-defense. You do take matters into your own hands. This scenario is one of the many reasons why law-abiding Americans do carry a weapon. The woman went on to say that there is no reason to have a gun for protection at work. It stands to reason that her brother just provided at least one reason.
Imagine how exceptionally ignorant you have to be, to be upset that your brother who was committing ARMED ROBBERY got shot by the clerk defending themself. pic.twitter.com/QfkufojOFV
— Mindy Robinson ?? (@iheartmindy) October 11, 2019
According to the siblings, this is the second of ten siblings killed by gunfire. We don’t know under what circumstances the other died, but Roosevelt Rappley is responsible in this case.
According to Dollar General officials, they have a number of measures to protect the safety of employees and customers. They didn’t say if employees are allowed to carry firearms, according to a statement.
“At Dollar General the safety of our customers and employees is a priority,” a public relations spokesperson said. “In line with that commitment, we employ a number of safety and security procedures to prevent, deter, and if necessary, respond to criminal activity in our stores.”
They didn’t elaborate on this case.
“To protect the integrity of these measures, we do not comment on them specifically,” the spokesperson said.
Police, however, did expand on this situation.
“As far as the individual (employee), he was legally possessing a weapon and he was on private property at his place of employment,” Hall said..
He added that a conceal carry permit isn’t required on private property.
Rappley does have prior history with police.
Dayton Police Lt. Jason Hall said that history involves pending weapons charges and possible involvement in other commercial robberies in the area, including the recent robbery of a Dollar General on Main Street.
Marc Clauson is a professor of history and law at Cedarville University.
“It is up to the company to decide whether employees can carry a weapon in their work environment,” he said. “Laws of self defense are the same as normal, though the employee could be fired even if he is legally in the right if it is determined that he violated company policy.”
A section in the Ohio Revised Code is very clear that unless the private employer acted with malicious purpose, the private employer is immune from liability in a civil action for any injury related to the private employer’s decision to permit a licensee to bring, or prohibit a licensee from bringing, a handgun onto the premises.
“If a person pulls a gun on you and puts you in immediate fear of deadly physical force (DPF) being used against you (jeopardy), and there is no possible way of retreating, then you can use deadly physical force in self defense,” said Clauson. “A good rule to follow is – does the perpetrator have intent, opportunity, ability, and are you in jeopardy of having DPF used against you?”
We decided to get the take of our National Spokesman, Kyle Reyes. Outside of his work at Law Enforcement Today, he’s the CEO of what Fox & Friends dubbed as “America’s most patriotic marketing agency”. The Silent Partner Marketing made international headlines when they launched The Snowflake Test, which is part of their hiring process.
Here’s what Reyes had to say:
Clearly this employee didn’t break the law, and it doesn’t appear that he broke the policy of his company either. But the sad truth of it is that in these politically charged times, it wouldn’t surprise me if the company fired him to avoid a public outcry.
This is an opportunity for the company to show their commitment to safety and to the founding values of our country. To demonstrate that they believe in the rights of the smallest minority in America – the individual. I believe the company will do the right thing, just as I believe this clerk did the right thing.
If, for whatever reason, they don’t, we’d be honored to offer the clerk a position at our company. We only work with the most patriotic companies across America. We believe our employees – like all Americans – have the right to carry a firearm. This man wasn’t a criminal – he was a hero. He was a warrior. He was, in a sense, the silent majority of Americans that are sick and tired of being bullied.
He will find that he has a home in our company at The Silent Partner Marketing.
In case you missed it, one of the employees at The Silent Partner Marketing sent us a story this year about how the marketing agency is paying for all employees to carry firearms. Here it is:
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I received a memo from my boss the other day. It was titled “Bonus Opportunity” so naturally I opened it before sorting out the rest of the morning’s emails.
I’m still trying to process how awesome this opportunity really is.
When we’re not creating wild ad campaigns and cutting-edge videos for national brands, including a few Shark Tank companies, we’re practicing what it means to be good Americans.
We help people in need. We do as much pro-bono work for local departments as we can. We shoot guns. We break bread together. And we fight for the rights of our fellow Americans.
So why is Mr. Reyes paying us to get our permits? It’s simple: freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction.
Check it out! (and note the existing sick day policy while you’re at it)
Attention: All Employees
Re: Bonus Opportunity
Effective for 2019, The Silent Partner Marketing is offering a bonus opportunity for those of you who want to secure your concealed carry permit.
The company will pay for you to take the NRA course and issue you a bonus in the amount of $200 upon issuing of the permit. Furthermore, the last Friday of the month every month we will be spending the second half of the day with a licensed instructor for personal training, on the company dime. All firearms and ammo will be supplied by the company.
Why are we doing this? For the same reason why we aren’t afraid to take on clients in the firearms industry. For the same reason why we do pro-bono work for police and fire departments and veterans organizations across America. Because… ‘merica. Because the Second Amendment secures the rest of The Constitution and ensures the safety and security of our families and our freedom.
This new policy does NOT replace our sick time policy – it adds to it. You can still trade a “sick day” for half of a “shooting day”. The company will continue to pay for all training, firearms and ammunition. As a reminder, you can bring your spouse or significant other by trading in a second sick day. Any of your children can attend for free – we’ll take care of their costs as well.
Any questions… don’t hesitate to ask.
Kyle S. Reyes
In 2019, you won’t find many workplaces like ours. You won’t see many offices with a gun safe. You won’t see companies issuing a ‘Snowflake Test’ before extending a job offer. In order to succeed here, you need to not just love America, but be willing to stand up and fight for it.
Cheers, stay safe, and God Bless America.
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