On Friday night, 70-year-old Ernest Robinson, the coach for the girl’s basketball team at Martin Luther King Jr High School in Detroit, was ambushed by two young male teenagers while he was escorting two girls to their car at the school.
According to local officials, the surveillance tapes show Robinson escorting the two girls to their cars at about 7:30 pm when two teenagers approached them and grabbed the coach by his necklace. One of the assailants was masking his face with his t-shirt. The tape shows what appears to be a gun – but this is not yet confirmed – in the hands of one of the boys as they began beating the coach. Somehow the coach managed to break away, pulled out his gun and shot both of the attackers. They fled on foot.
Michael Scott, 16, died in the median in the street. His 15-year-old accomplice collapsed from his gunshot wound and is now hospitalized. Robinson is a licensed concealed carrier and a reserve police officer.
The details are sketchy and the local authorities are not providing much information.
The national media has had almost no coverage of this shooting. I can only imagine why. Well, I’m pretty sure I know why, but that is not the reason I am writing about this incident….
With the War on Gun Control in full swing now, one of the arguments from the NRA and their radical followers is that assault guns and rifles are a necessity to protecting oneself and one’s family. Opponents to this classification of firearms, plus the large capacity magazines and cartridges, want to see these items banned. This incident provides another example that one does not need an AR-15 with 100 bullets in order to protect themselves as well as two young teenage girls.
We will never see all firearms banned, and I do not believe they should all be banned. Just more control along with some more common sense. A “normal” handgun with “normal” capacity is quite sufficient in protection. Although I’m sure Robinson did not intend nor want to kill the youth, he didn’t have to obliterate the boy with a hail of bullets.
On a side-note…. does anyone else feel like something just isn’t right with the story we have received?
Guns.com: Detroit Basketball Coach Shoots Assailants on School Property (VIDEO)
Huffington Post: Ernest Robinson, Detroit Coach, Kills Teen During Attempted Robbery Near High School: Police
IB Times: Coach, 70, Shoots Teen: Ernest Robinson Foiled Detroit Robbery By Killing Michael Scott, Police Say