Charles Augusto Jr. is my new personal hero.
As reported here, yesterday, four men burst into his restaurant supply store in Harlem. One waved a pistol and declared that it was a holdup. One of the robbers began to pistol whip one of his employees.
Angered by the violence against his employee and fearing for his life, the 72-year-old Charles Augusto Jr. pulled a 12-gauge pump action shotgun from beneath his desk and did his best Charles Bronson impression.
He hit all four men, killing two and leaving two others critically injured.
The New York media has already declared him a hero. The soft-spoken man will never need to buy a beer in New York City again. While the police are still investigating the incident, they have publicly stated that they will likely not press charges against Augusto. This seems to be an open-and-shut case of self-defense.
The shotgun was not registered. However, under New York law, a person is allowed to use deadly force if lives are in imminent danger.
Two of the men are currently hospitalized at St. Luke’s, where they eagerly await Obama’s health care reform. The other two, well, good riddance. Better dead than eating up my tax dollars in prison.
You know what Charles Augusto did today, a day after his act of heroism? He went back to work. His store was open for business today.
Mr. Augusto, kudos. Work every day and defend what you have. Remember when that was an American ideal?
We need more Charles Augustos!