Old or new - still good
Recently a couple of masked thugs - Donicio Arrindell, age 22, and
Frederick Gadson, age 21 - decided to rob a Subway Sandwich Shop in
Plantation (FL), a little town of about 5,000 due west of Fort
Lauderdale, just off I-595. It looked like a safe time, shortly
before midnight and only one patron was dining at a table, an elderly
After cleaning out the cash register, the hoods decided the old man
finishing his meal would be easy pickings, too, and herded him into
the men's room where they helped themselves to his wallet. What they
didn't know was that this "old man" was John Lovell, an ex-Marine who
had served as pilot for two Presidents, John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B.
Johnson, and was a gentleman who not only had a Second Amendment
right to bear arms, he knew how to use them.
Although 71-years of age, Lovell works out at the gym every day,
doesn't smoke or use alcohol, and remains very adept at handling
himself. After they got his money, the ex-Marine pulled out his
business piece and opened fire, hitting both men - each in the head
and one in the chest. When police arrived they found one sprawled on
the floor and the other one the K-9 dogs found hiding outside in the
bushes. Both were taken to the Broward General Medical Center, where
Arrindell died and Gadson remained in critical but stable condition
at the time of this writing.
As Police Detective Bob Rettig explained, "These criminals ought to
realize that most men in their 70s have military backgrounds and
aren't intimidated by idiots. Something tells me this old Marine
wasn't 'in fear' even though his life was definitely at risk ... And
he better not be charged! More like rewarded." Then he added, "The
only thing he could be charged with is partaking in an unfair fight -
one 71-year-young Marine against two punks." Authorities verified he
would not be charged, but no mention was made of a reward.
I may be the slowest guy on the mountain . . . . but . . . . I'm on the mountain!