Let this be a lesson: never bring a dirty syringe to a gun fight

Adan Salazar
March 26, 2014

When a drug-addled man caught shoplifting at a Home Depot in Roseville, Mich., began violently resisting detainment Monday, a quick-thinking, gun-toting customer came to the rescue.

Joshua Joseph Silva, 26 / Image: Roseville Police
Joshua Joseph Silva, 26 / Image: Roseville Police
Twenty-six-year-old Joshua Joseph Silva, an amateur thief and apparent drug abuser, wasn’t ready to go down without a fight, and he produced an atypical weapon to wage his battle: a dirty syringe.

After store security guards attempted to apprehend him, police say Silva began “whirling the syringe around in a swinging motion, and was able to stab one of guards [sic] several times with the contaminated needle,” according to CBS Detroit.

Luckily, a Home Depot shopper was packing concealed heat and, sensing the man was “getting the best of the guards,” pulled his weapon and trained it on Silva ordering him to “drop the syringe and get on the ground.”

“Faced with the threat of deadly force, the suspect stopped fighting and complied with the order, dropping the syringe and taking a seat on the parking lot,” police stated.

Once the guards were rescued, the gun-wielding man let Silva take off on foot knowing the approaching sounds of police sirens meant he would imminently be caught, which he eventually was.

The security guard stabbed was treated at a local hospital. Police are running tests on the syringe to see if it was contaminated with any communicable diseases, and will also pursue a warrant to check Silva for infectious diseases.

As for the armed man who came to the rescue, police say he “feared the suspect was going to kill one of the unarmed guards if he did not intervene,” a sign he will not be charged with an offense.

No doubt, the injured security guard is thankful for the man who stopped his attacker. This is just one more example of how the Second Amendment helps protect the people and their right to life.

A National Research Council study, last year, found “Defensive use of guns by crime victims is a common occurrence..”

“Almost all national survey estimates indicate that defensive gun uses by victims are at least as common as offensive uses by criminals, with estimates of annual uses ranging from about 500,000 to more than 3 million per year, in the context of about 300,000 violent crimes involving firearms in 2008,” the study noted.

However, there’s also no doubt the need to carry concealed led Silva to believe he wouldn’t encounter resistance. Imagine how criminals would react, instead, if customers were allowed to freely carry their sidearms openly, as a Second Amendment free of infringement would have.

When seconds matter, guns equalize the playing field and grant the power to be able to defend yourself or someone else from potential harm.

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