A female robber comes into a 7-11 with a gun. One of the 7-11 employees manages to take the gun away and hold the robber until the police arrived. This occurred in West Virginia.
What do you think his reward was from the 7-11 corporate overlords? He was fired, because 7-11 policy prohibits interfering with robberies!
Last week, the WV State Supreme Court ruled that they couldn't fire him for defending himself. EDIT: Actually, the case was decided in 2001, but interest in the case was renewed when was discussed last week on Volokh.com.
Once I thought the right to self-defense
Was simply common-sense.
I guess it's trickier than I thought,
And needs to be taught.
And, speaking of the right to self-defense, here's an interesting article by a Canadian grappling with the idea that gun rights are human rights - and the only reliable way to stop genocide. As one commenter phrased it: The Right To Keep And Bear Arms - It's Not Just For Americans Anymore.
It's harder doing harm
When your victims are armed.