This was all being shared and talked about on a private Facebook group for jewelers. According to my wife, the jeweler's comments condemning this article were (virtually) unanimous.
Items of interest in this article:
One of the more surprising finds in our recent Big Survey was the rise in gun ownership by jewelry-store owners in the last 10 years.
In 2007, when we conducted our first such survey, one in three jewelers kept a firearm in the store. This year, the rate had risen to 50 percent. Jewelers in the South were the most likely to be armed, with the ownership rate there topping 65 percent. Leaving aside our Canadian cousins (zero ownership), the jewelers least likely to be armed were in the Northeast (39 percent).
Imagine that - the South has a bit of an independent streak. According to my wife, the majority of the jewelers in her jewelers-only Facebook group are concealed carriers who carry all the time in their own stores. Those that don't often work for the bigger corporate chains (e.g. Jared).
John Kennedy, president of the Jewelers’ Security Alliance, viewed the rise in gun ownership with concern, noting that since 1996 there have been 118 jewelers killed during robberies, and almost every one of them tried to pull a gun or resist in some way.
“It almost never happens that a jeweler who doesn’t resist suffers a fatal injury, while jewelers who resist with a gun or by other means almost always lose the struggle,” he said.
Nice play with the statistics there...lumping in all those who resisted WITHOUT a gun along those who resisted WITH a gun, and concluding that resisting with a gun is a losing proposition.