I can’t imagine how horrible it would be to learn that your son was killed during an attempted robbery — and that he was the thief. But that’s what happened to Temia Hairston and Michael Grace Sr., whose son tried to rob the Pizza Hut in Charlotte, North Carolina:
Police said Grace Jr. and two other people tried to rob a Pizza Hut in the 3200 block of Freedom Drive. During the incident, an employee fired his own handgun and killed Grace Jr.
Hairston said she learned of her son’s death on social media, and only got confirmation from police after contacting them first. The grieving mother said she has been left with dozens of questions about the situation that have thus far gone unanswered.
“If there was to be a death, it was not the place of the employee at Pizza Hut. That is the place of law enforcement,” said Hairston.
Hairston and Grace Sr. acknowledged that their son was breaking the law by robbing the business, and said they definitely don’t condone what he did.
“It was an act of desperation, but I do not believe that Michael would have hurt anyone,” said Hairston.
In other words, the mother of the thief-with-the-gun is upset at the would-be-victim-with-a-gun.
“Why in the hell did this guy have a gun?” questioned Hairston about the employee who shot her son.
She said her son was shot in the head, and she thinks the shooting may have even been personal, citing past conflicts Grace Jr. had had with other employees at the restaurant.
“This wasn’t a body shot. This was a head shot. My son was shot in the left side of his head just behind his ear. A head shot is personal,” said Hairston.
Even though their son was in the process of committing a crime, the family thinks his death was undeserved and unjustified.
Hairston said she thinks the employee who shot her son needs to be in jail, and wants all parties involved in the situation to be honest about what happened.
… every human being is born with the natural human right to arm themselves for the defense of their lives from both rogue governments and violent criminals.
The piece goes on to say that the mother’s son was a “human predators who obtained deadly weapons and put the lives of innocent people at risk—and likely would have ended their lives without a second thought—over the petty contents of a restaurant cash drawer.”
Here’s some more honesty for you.
It is not the role of law enforcement to protect individual lives. This is immutable truth that which is also both a practical fact and a legal reality. One person and one person alone is responsible for defending your life against violent predators, and that person is the individual.
This Pizza Hut employee respected his own life enough to arm himself, and it proved to be a wise decision. Your son Michael Grace Jr. and his accomplices were committing a violent armed felony when the employee drew his (lawfully) concealed weapon and opened fire to defend not only his life, but the lives of other employees in the store.
The piece concludes with a harsh but true statement:
This Pizza Hut employee had the right to defend his life and the lives of others against the violent actions of your predator son.
Your son chose to be a violent criminal, and earned the bullet that ended his life.