A convenience store in Mississippi has posted “No Guns Allowed” signs on the front doors – despite the fact that a brutal stabbing was stopped by an armed citizen there recently.
On March 12, the manager of Keith’s Superstore in Lumberton was attacked by Lamont Williams, 29, who is believed to be a disgruntled former employee.
An armed citizen with a concealed carry permit happened to be in the store at the time of the stabbing. When Williams tried to flee, the armed citizen chased him and held him at gunpoint until police arrived.
The entire incident was captured on the store’s video surveillance system. No shots were ever fired by the armed citizen, who was only identified as a white male in his 30s.
The store manager, who’s identity was not released, survived a total of eight stabs to the neck, chest and arm.
Williams was taken to the Lamar County Correctional Facility where he faced charges for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, initially being held with a cash bond of $150,000.
Sounds like a concealed carry success story, doesn’t it?
You would think that store would be very thankful that an armed citizen saved their manager.
Well…that’s not quite what happened. Because no good deed goes unpunished, Keith’s Superstore has decided that people like that brave armed citizen are no longer welcome in their shop.
This photo of the signage was sent to Mississippi Gun News:
Back in March, Rick Ward confirmed that those signs were not posted at the time of the stabbing:
I spoke to Bob the store supervisor and he said they DO NOT have “No Gun” signs posted.
So what prompted the store to post the signs after their employee’s life was saved?
Studies have shown that concealed carry laws lead to less murders. We are taught to call police when an attack like this one occurs, but the average law enforcement response time is 10 minutes…and the average interaction time between criminal and victim is a mere 90 seconds. And since when do criminals obey rules? “No guns” signs sure haven’t stopped them before.
Dana Criswell of Mississippi Gun News said it best:
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It is interesting that according to their signs, Lamont Williams, the man who stabbed their store manager, would still be welcome with his knife.