French jeweler charged in shooting: a tale of two cultures

A tale of two shootings. In the first case an armed robber is causing havoc in a Florida pharmacy when he is eventually shot and killed.  One assumes the shooter will be heralded as a hero and face no charges as he or she clearly diffused a very dangerous situation in the only way possible.

Meanwhile in France 67 year-old  jeweler Stephan Turk has been charged with murder after he shot a robber dead. The difference is that in the Florida case the robber was in the store waving his gun about while in France, the robber had “completed” his robbery and was on a scooter fleeing the scene when he was shot in the back.


It is an interesting juxtaposition of similar events i.e. robberies, but with one very important difference: in the Florida situation there was a clear and evident danger to those in the store, in the French case, the robber was out of the store and on his way. It was not self-defense and therefore charges have been brought yet many of the comments indicate that shouldn’t make a difference.

Food for thought.

Logo_3DCMontreal is a Montreal writer born and raised who likes to establish balance and juxtapositions; a bit of this and a bit of that. a dash of Yin and a soupçon of Yang, some Peaks and Freans and maybe a bit of a sting in the tail! Please follow DC on Twitter @DCMontreal and on Facebook, and add him on Google+

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