Writer and comedian Tim Young says he’s completely pro-concealed-carry after he was robbed at gunpoint. He was robbed by two men in front of a crowd of bystanders.
Young, who hosts “No Things Considered” for the D.C. Examiner, in addition to his comedy tours, focuses on political and legal humor. But he is serious about self-defense in the aftermath of his encounter last week.
He was robbed last Wednesday in the capitol’s Wharf district by two men, one who grabbed him and the other who threatened to shoot him. The robbers made off with his cellphone.
“When they came up behind me, of course, I fought it,” Young told the Free Beacon. “Then they threatened me and I said ‘take the cellphone.’ Whatever. I’m not going to be a hero. As soon as they got it from me they ran.”
“When you’re initially grabbed, you want to fight back, but when you’re threatened and you have nothing to defend yourself with? You’re powerless,” he said. “Honestly, I’ve never felt like that before. All of the ‘be a hero’ stuff that you dream would happen where you could do roundhouse kicks and things goes right out the window as soon as you’re threatened with a weapon.”
Young described the street as well-lit and that everyone could tell what was happening. He said afterward most of the bystanders just walked off.
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“They just stood by and watched as I was yelling for help. ‘Help, I’m being robbed!’ They stood by and watched,” Young said to WUSA. An older couple walking their dogs offered him a phone to call the police with.
“They handed me the phone and I’m like, ‘okay, thanks guys.’ I mean, it’s like a weird moment,” Young said. “There were like two other guys that were standing there and the old couple were like ‘you saw that, right’ and they were like, ‘yeah’ and the guys just walked off like nothing happened.”
Before the robbery Young always assumed he was safe. He wasn’t a gun owner and didn’t feel like it was important, even when he was in rough neighborhoods. He said the robbery changed him.
“I took a lot for granted, but once you’re in a situation like that you turn around and go, ‘Wow, was I stupid.’ My career is based off of calling people stupid and laughing at them, and then I look at this and I think, ‘This is the time I was really stupid,’ and I don’t want other people to be as dumb as I was in this instance.”
“I would’ve been able to defend myself. I know that.” he said. “I’m certain that they would have run had I been able to concealed carry and was armed. I am 100 percent certain that had I been concealed carrying I would have been able to protect myself.”
Recently the courts ruled that the Washington D.C. concealed-carry permitting process was unconstitutionally strict. Even with some of the constraints lifted, getting a permit and a handgun in the capitol is both difficult and expensive.
“Anyone can be robbed anywhere in town and you should, as a citizen, have the right to defend yourself, but it’s going to be damn near impossible to be able to obtain a weapon to do so,” Young said.
“It’s scary as shit, and I hope nobody else has to go through it,” he said. “That level of fear and that level of helplessness that you feel, it doesn’t compare to anything else I’ve felt in my life.”