Vultures Row: The Wild West

The Wild West

The two strangers rode into town, the light breeze barley moving the branches on the trees. They looked like trouble and they were up to no good. They strode into the shop, the intent of evil on their faces, they reached for their hips and pulled out their side irons, they announced it was a stick up and that they wanted money.

The Mom of the mom and pop store went to the register and started to open it, one of the criminals got agitated and told her to hurry and fired a shot at he husband. His gun jammed. Mom pulled out her own peacemaker and fired at the bad guys who dove behind the meat counter. Mom kept them pinned down firing at them as she called out for the sheriff. Pop pulled out his piece and started firing also.

A short but furious gun fight raged, slugs flying across the tiny frontier store. After a few moments the deafening silence settled over the store. The two gunmen lay mortally wounded on the floor. The police arrived, the tires of their car screeching on the blacktop parking lot, the siren of the ambulance whaling away as it drew closer. Yes, cars, sirens and phones. This story was not in the set in the wild west, it was not set in the 1880’s it was today, in Georgia and it is not Fiction.

Country store becomes shootout site
Wednesday, January 26, 2005 Posted: 11:32 AM EST (1632 GMT)

ATLANTA, Georgia (AP) -- When two men walked into a popular country store outside Atlanta, announced a holdup and fired a shot, owners Bobby and Gloria Doster never hesitated. The pair pulled out their own pistols and opened fire.

The armed suspect and his partner were killed. The Dosters won't be charged, according to local officials, because they were acting in self-defense.

"I just started shooting," said Gloria Doster, 56. "I was trying to blow his brains out is what I was trying to do."

Thankfully the owners were not hurt and sadly the robbers are dead, but they took the risk and forfeit their right to life when they tried to kill her husband for a few dollars. I feel sympathy for the store owners and hope they will be able to deal with this traumatic situation, but I feel none for the two dead men. It was their actions that lead to their own deaths, not the actions of the store owners.

Secret message of the day:
I’d rather see two dead murders on the floor than a dozen behind bars.



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