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Another Toy Gun Incident, This One in Florida

Posted on the 02 June 2011 by Mikeb302000
We are none of us free if we live in fear of gun violence, especially if we could reduce that gun violence by fewer guns and stricter controls making it harder for ILLEGAL people to get them.  In this case, we have another stupid criminal, who has all of the down side and none of the advantages by using a fake gun.
I would also point out that this very brave man was able to deal with this situation WITHOUT SHOOTING ANYONE AND WITHOUT BEING ARMED HIMSELF.
From MSNBC:

Soldier home on leave thwarts Fla. bank robbery

Army staff sergeant says he sprang into action when his two young sons were threatened


SARASOTA, Fla. — An Army staff sergeant home on leave in southwest Florida chased down a suspected bank robber and held him until authorities arrived.Eddie Peoples was at a Bank of America branch in Sarasota with his two young sons Tuesday when a man walked in with a handgun and demanded cash from the tellers, officials say. Peoples told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune he sprang into action after the man threatened his sons."The only thing that went through my mind was, 'Don't let them get hurt,'" Peoples told the paper. Peoples said he left his sons inside while he ran to his rented van and blocked the suspect's car in the parking lot. The suspect got out and pointed his gun at Peoples, who twisted the man's arm, stripped away the gun and slammed him to the ground. Sarasota Sheriff's deputies arrested 34-year-old Matthew Rogers. The gun turned out to be a toy.Copyright 2011 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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