Across the nation, convenience store operators increasingly are targets for robbery. In those areas where firearm ownership is restricted, regulated or licensed, C-store owners are placed at a disadvantage by politicians trolling for votes and campaign cash from people who recoil at the idea of self defense.
""Clerks are fighting back," said Sgt. Rich Weiner, a Columbus Police Division spokesman. "They're out there trying to earn the honest dollar. They're not putting up with it." Sgt. Shaun Laird of the robbery squad said 3,500 to 4,000 robberies occur in Columbus each year. Through April 30, 1,114 had been reported, of which 57 -- about 5 percent -- have been labeled as occurring at a convenience store. That number might be flawed, though, because an officer could list a store as a location even if the robbery didn't involve the business."