Inconceivable!Guns and deep remorse in the land Down UnderIt happened in Australia last week. The robber waylaid Karen Brown in the carpark outside a Sydney hotel. Brown, a 42-year-old security guard, had just picked up a deposit bag containing the hotel take, something between $30,000 and $50,000. She was dressed in civilian clothes.
The robber was wearing brass knuckles. Lifting Brown by the hair, he punched her repeatedly in the head and bashed her to the ground, fracturing her skull, an eye socket, her nose and left hand, and leaving her possibly brain damaged. Then the robber, a 25-year-old ex-con named William Aquilina, dragged Brown across the asphalt toward his stolen getaway car, dropping her like a rag doll when she finally released the deposit bag. Aquilina then got into the car. Blood pouring into her eyes, Brown somehow managed to stand up, remove her concealed handgun and take aim at the driver's seat. …
This week Brown was charged with one count of murder. It's hard to imagine her being convicted because she was, after all, doing her job. But had she been a mere citizen with a legal permit to carry a concealed weapon, a conviction would be much more likely, since Aquilina apparently did not pose a threat to her when she killed him.
The whole sickening story en toto.