This story is more proof that guns serve as self-protection even when they are not fired. Most of the time these stories go completely unnoticed since no one was shot or killed, but I’m willing to bet this woman isn’t regretting her decision to own a handgun.
We don’t know all the details in this case, but according to the pressherald.com,
A 35-year-old Cumberland woman said she was walking to her car in the parking lot at 106 Gilman St., near Maine Medical Center, at 2:45 p.m. Friday when the robber approached her. He asked for money and threatened her with a knife after she said she had nothing to give him. The woman again told the man she didn’t have any money and then got in her car, where she had a handgun. She pointed the gun at the man and told him to leave her alone. The man left in an unknown direction. The victim drove away and later reported the incident to police.
This could have been a case of a pan-handler looking for a handout but getting too aggressive in his tactics. Introduce a knife onto the scene and the situation could have gotten ugly fast. Considering this happened in the middle of the day, it also points to the fact that these types of crimes can happen anytime, anywhere.
Apparently this woman felt threatened enough to pull out her gun, and even though she did not carry it on her, the would-be thief bought her some time in allowing her to get to her car and grab it.
Again and again the woman told the man to leave her alone. But did he listen? No. Amazing how the woman’s firearm was able to communicate the same message and the thief promptly left the scene.